Forget the days when the word “crafts” was associated with images of macaroni pictures and tacky potholders. The rise of Etsy and hip handcrafted items have given the word a new lease on life. South Carolina crafts fans and creators can get their fix at Crafty Feast in Columbia in July. The indie arts and crafts fair is currently seeking vendor applicants.

Crafty Feast features talented artisans from across the country who create one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothes, artwork, and even household furnishings. Some past vendors include June Shin, who makes Eastern inspired jewelry; Amanda Button of Pandora’s Button Box, who makes eclectic, vintage-style clothing; and Lindsey Case, who creates artwork with a charming odd-ball touch.

Vendors who apply will have their works viewed by a jury of independent artists. Crafty Feast accepts only handmade or repurposed items. Individuals must bring their own 10×10 tent, tables, and chairs. The last event in December was a huge success, and event coordinator Debi Schadel is expanding it to an even larger venue at Sandhill in Columbia. For more information, visit

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