This weekend was the huge Craftsmen’s Classic Art and Craft Festival. People come from all over the United States to sell their handmade crafts and foods. Last year someone came all the way from New Zealand! Over 250 vendors were there this year. Admission and parking were both free this year if you donated a nonperishable food item which benefits Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Millions of people attend this event every year. It is so crowded, but if you can get into the wave of people and follow along it is very much worth it.
I did not take any pictures while I was there because there were tons of people pushing through. I took my time enjoying the free samples of soy lotions and body mists and rub on perfumes.
There were lots of jewelry vendors, pottery, fine art, glasswork, home decor, clothing, furniture, food, candles, etc. You name it – it was there! There were so many vendors that had such wonderful items. I could not pick a favorite!
I had not planned on buying anything for myself because my focus was on gifts. However, the only thing I bought ended up being for myself!
How cute is that? I have loved pigs since I was a little girl and the Bible verse they put on this was just too perfect! I have been feeling far less than beautiful lately.
As soon as I walked past the booth that held these adorable animal pictures I knew I had to go back. This picture was sitting on the floor, yet it was the only one that really caught my eye. I normally do not spend $35 on a picture of a pig, but something kept pulling me toward it. It was almost as if God had sent me a literal sign – “You are altogether beautiful!” Goose bumps just ran up my arm.
The husband and wife team that create these amazing pictures work together on their farm in Ohio. She takes pictures of the animals, he handmakes the wooden frames, and together they put Bible verses to the pictures. I thought that was so sweet!
After I left the show I went to the bookstore and to a new store that has been placed in the old Toy’s R Us building. (It still makes me sad that so many places are closing due to online shopping! But that’s a rant for another day.) I ended up buying a few books, one of which I took to lunch with me to read while I ate.
I had a really nice weekend! How was your weekend?