Danbury showcases its handmade best

November 11, 2013 by  

To kick off the holiday buying season, Danbury Santas can stock up on hand-crafted goodies at the Connecticut Handcrafted Holiday Expo, which is coming in just a few weeks.

More than 165 artisans and craftsmen from all over the Northeast will converge at this juried event to display and sell their hand-crafted items. The expo is expecting in excess of 3,500 visitors. There will be live entertainment and admission is free.

Shoppers may find such items as wooden rocking horses, rag dolls, gingerbread houses, Christmas ornaments, quilts, children’s clothing, floral pieces, and candy, all of which should be ideal for Christmas. Fragrant oils, spices, and homemade soaps will also be available for those wishing to bring the smell of the season into their home. There will also be pet accessories and items that can serve as thoughtful gift possibilities, such as pottery, fused and stained glass, beeswax candles, jewelry, and sculptures. For those people on a Christmas list who are hard to buy for, Santa might consider painted textiles, oil paintings, garden ornaments, folk art, embroidery, or scarves.

Business card printing is bound to be in full swing for the next few weeks as these artisans get ready for this Christmas Expo. Both artisans and craft people can still apply for booths until November 15.

The event will be held at the Feldman Arena at the William O’Neal Athletic and Convocation Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus (University Bld. and 43Lake Avenue Extension), on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.