Kathy Stempel knows artisans who scramble for a short-lived space at area festivals or fairs. They show their wares for a few hours, often paying for a vending booth well over the amount they realized in profit. For at least 18 of them, those days have passed.
Handmade crafts are an important part of the American Folk Art tradition. Buying something local and handmade guarantees that you’re getting a unique piece of art.