Make it a Handmade Holiday with Craftacular

Craftacular is hosting its fourth-annual event this Wednesday, November 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Cornhusker Hotel. The event will feature local artists and crafters selling their unique goods.  This year, Craftacular will offer participants a look at 60 vendors’ hand-crafted items. Merchandise including clothing, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, body products home décor and more will be available. There is something for every holiday budget with works ranging from $5-$80.

The recent booming popularity of sites like Pinterest and Etsy have helped to draw attention to handmade products. Jen Landis, Craftacular’s creator, spoke about the trend. “Indie craft is becoming a true cultural force. Consumers are shunning mass-produced fare in favor of handmade goods.”

To help set the festive tone, the Cornhusker will be filled with live music from The Silvertones, free appetizers, a cash bar and an area to relax and mingle. Landis described the ambiance as “a fun, high-energy, personal, locally-focused atmosphere. Along with being exposed to lots of different types of handmade items, you will be able to spend time with friends socializing, eating and drinking.”

For first time attendees, Bella Body Works’ handmade body lotions, scrubs and bath salts as well as Oliver & Lucy’s fun fabric accessories are always a hit!

In addition to unique holiday gifts, Craftacular will also be hosting a raffle. The lucky winner will be the new owner of a 16 MB iPad 2. Raffle tickets will be $1 and all proceeds go to support the Lincoln Arts Council.

This is the first year the event will be held at The Cornhusker Hotel as it has previously been held at Zen’s Lounge and Chez Hay.  Landis explains the reason for the move:

“The first Craftacular was held at Zen’s Lounge and featured a dozen local artists. In 2010, it was also held at Zen’s with 14 local artists. Over 300 attendees came to Craftacular that year,” she said. “The event planners realized that the number of attendees—and interested vendors—were far greater [than] the space that Zen’s allowed, and in 2011 it was moved to Chez Hay with 30 vendors. Over 500 visitors attended, which precipitated the move to the Cornhusker.”

With increasing attendance, this year’s event is expected to draw over 700 people. Landis is hoping the event will become to Midwestern version of the Renegade Craft Fair, a popular event in several major metro areas, and Craftacular is well on its way.
Admission to the event is free and the first 50 people in the door get a swag bag filled with goodies from participating vendors. Attendees will also get a program listing all the vendors and coupons from local businesses, craft ideas and much more. Many vendors take credit cards, but cash or check is encouraged.

Craftacular allows you to select meaningful, original, hand-crafted items for yourself or those you love this holiday season.  To check out some items sold at last year’s event, click here. Be sure to make this year a handmade holiday and check out Craftacular’s Facebook for up-to-date details and sneak peeks into this year’s offerings.

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