Local artisans are satisfied with weekend shopping

7:52 PM, Nov 25, 2012   |    comments
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BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The busy shopping weekend continued around the state. In Brewer, shoppers picked up some Maine-made presents to gift this year.  Over 55 vendors showed off their products at the annual United Maine Craftsmen's Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show.

One vendor, Debbie Winkley, with the craft show said, "It's been busy. It's just wonderful, the people that come out it's just wonderful how they help support the businesses."

Nearly 3,500 people shopped at this year's show. Some local artisans said the interest in local products continues to grow.

Bruce Little with Berts' Awesome Stuff said, "It's exceeded expectations. I've only got three varieties of pickles left out of ten that I make and they were gone yesterday. And I brought more than I thought I would need."

Little has been participating in the show for the past six years. He depends on the holiday sales to make a living and over the years has created an impressive following.

Little said, "I've been doing it for six years and people look for me. Primarily this is how we market what we do. It's just my wife and I producing it."

Aletha Boyle, President, with the United Maine Craftsmen said, "These people, this is their lifetime career and this is how they make their money. In this way we are keeping money in Maine...people are really getting the idea that it really is important to shop locally. It's important to buy USA. It's important to buy Maine."

The United Maine Craftsmen will hold another show in Portland the first weekend of December at the University of Southern Maine.













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