Monday, November 25, 2013

5th Annual Crafty Mart: Recap

5th Annual Crafty Mart: Recap
by Joanna Wilson

You may be wondering why Akron Empire is always covering the bi-annual arts & crafts show Crafty Mart.  The answer is twofold--half of Akron Empire is the event's organizer.  The other reason is because we believe in supporting local small businesses and by covering Crafty Mart, we are encouraging and promoting over 50 local artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs.   We also like to believe that it's one of the funnest days of the year.  Have you made attending Crafty Mart an annual tradition?

The 5th annual Crafty Mart is Saturday, November 30th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) 10am to 5pm at Musica in downtown Akron.  Admission is free.

Let me remind you of a few past Akron Empire posts about Crafty Mart and a few of its regular vendors.

**Last week, Dina from the blog Dina's Days shared her thoughts on Five Reasons to Shop at Crafty Mart.

**Last year, guest blogger J Hudson shared his experiences as Crafty Mart's co-founder.

**A review of the Spring show from 2012 by Akron Empire's Brit.

RSVP to Crafty Mart on Facebook

Below are links to three of the Crafty Mart vendors we've profiled in the past.  All three will be at the upcoming 5th annual show as well.

The charming robots made by Pat Gerber are crafted from reclaimed wood from shipping pallets.

Chris Rutan of Rigmarole makes vinyl wallets, paper folded stars--and she's a photographer.

Roza Haidet of Rusty Chain makes one-of-a-kind jewelry from copper, brass, and sterling silver.

Tame Your Mane beard oil is a new venture by Mathias Noble King.

At the 5th annual Crafty Mart you can also take advantage of a charity fundraiser on behalf of the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties.  You will be able to buy $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $100 online Crafty Mart shopping spree just in time for the holidays!  

For more information, please check out the following links:

Crafty Mart page on Facebook

Crafty Mart event on fb
Crafty Mart website
a complete list of all the vendors at the 5th annual Crafty Mart

Over the next several weeks, Akron Empire will highlight a few other events to shop local and handmade.  I hope you'll join me in supporting local artisans this holiday season.


  1. Can it be five years? Thanks to Crafty Mart for making it happen. And thanks to Akron Empire for being there to share it with us all.