CrownTown Craft Fair at Southern Comforts Antiques.

One of my favorite shops in the world is Southern Comforts Antiques in Concord, NC. Unlike most antique malls that allow stuff to pile up in a most unattractive manner, SoCo treats their shop as a boutique. They treat every item in the shop as special, and give it a place of honor in a vignette. Each tiny scene is displayed to make you think about the origin, use, and history of each item involved, and frequently turning the original purpose right on its head. They are quick to think up new ideas, making SoCo an ever-evolving gallery of history.

It’s not unusual for them to rearrange the entire shop 2-3 times a month. In doing so, they make stuff that is literally decades old seem so fresh and new! In conjunction with beautiful furniture, vintage accessories, and the most unique retro dishware, they specialize in carrying items with the hopes of them getting a second life in a crafter’s capable hands. They search out buttons, sewing patterns, game pieces, ephemera, vintage beads, books, lace, millinery flowers, tins, the list goes on. All carried with the intent of catering to crafters with an unusual taste and sense of repurpose (as well as history).

They have taken this desire to involve local artists to the next level and have invited the members of CrownTown Handmade to participate in an exclusive event just for us! This Saturday (July 31) from 9:30 am – 5pm a group of us crafty types will be selling our wares to the citizens of Concord. Alongside Crown Town’s finest will be Local Author and Historic re-enactor Nancy Bruwer, to promote her New Book.
So join us this weekend for Arts, crafts, history, and yummy snacks. We will be having a great time, and we hope you can join us!

- posted July 27, 2010 hosted its second All Arts Market of the year June 2 & 3. Local artists gathered to sell their handmade wares at the Neighborhood Theatre, from handmade goat milk soap to yoga mat covers. Several of our Crown Town Handmade members had booths, and several others also swung by to visit and shop for a bit.

Melissa of Mason & Virginia:

Cathe from Things She Carried:

Tucker from Tucker's Art:

Sarah from Stitch Machine:

Jessica from Jessica's Jacket:

Amanda of Verabelle:, Donna of intenyears.:

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and supported all the local artists and buying handmade!

From Etsy: "Etsy along with ReadyMade and Meetups Everywhere is
launching Etsy Craft Party, a global initiative to energize your local
community, make art together, and throw a party in your neck of the
woods. We want to celebrate crafting together on June 18, 2010 (which
just happens to be Etsy's birthday) with as many celebrations across
the globe as possible."

Charlotte's Craft Party coordinator is our own Amanda Fisher of Verabelle. We have lots of great FREE community events planned, so come out and celebrate with us!

@ the Park...
6-8pm, FREE
Handmade Raffle
with prizes donated by Crown Town Handmade artists
Crafty Supply Swap
Make-Your-Own Miniature Terrarium
Cupcakes & Punch
in honor of Etsy's 5th B-day

Midwood Park
2100 Wilhelmina Avenue
all ages welcome

@ the Playhaus...
8-10pm, FREE*
Happy Hour Craft Circle
work on your latest personal craft project & see what your local makers are crafting
Screening of
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft & Design

Patchwerk Playhaus
1508 Central Ave.
in the back of Century Vintage (enter through alley between Snug Harbor & Soul)

What to Pack in Your Craft Bag:
$3 cash/raffle ticket
unused craft supplies to swap
jar with lid or container for mini terrarium
personal craft project
beer or wine ($5 cash fee per container/6-pack)*