Over the past 16 years, Waynesville-based metalsmith Rachel David has sold her art at a lot of different shows and fairs — probably 150 to 200 if she had to guess. But her favorite venue, by far, is The Big Crafty. “It’s so lovely and bustling, and the vendors are really top-notch,” says David, who will be peddling small furniture items, stainless steel and bronze utensils, and other objects like vases and candelabras at the winter iteration of the biannual bazaar this December. For those unfamiliar, The Big Crafty was founded in 2008 by Asheville creatives Justin Rabuck and Brandy Bourne. Since then, it has attracted hundreds of artists peddling quirky wares like embroidered pepperoni pizza patches, artisanal walnut wood combs, and chicken-themed adult coloring books. In short, it’s the perfect place to find your friends some preposterously unique holiday gifts. “People have told us over the years that The Big Crafty kicks off the holiday season,” says Rabuck. “That’s definitely true for me and my family.”
December 2-3, 12-6pm; Admission is $10 on Saturday, December 2, and free on Sunday, December 3.
Harrah’s Cherokee Center / 87 Haywood St., Asheville / thebigcrafty.com