By Sandra Ecklundsecklund@abcnews4.comCHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- With the changing of the seasons, the venue known for featuring local bands transforms into a real-life "etsy" store full of Charleston artistry.From jewelry to clothing and stuffed animals to home decor, vendors from all over the Lowcountry and beyond featured their goods at the Music Farm during the Lowcountry Artist Market.While the genre of goods vary from elegant to kitschy, they all share one common element. None of the things found in the market is mass produced or outsourced. Everything is either handmade or vintage."We want to get a variety of vendors each time," said General Manager Kristen Gastaldo. "Vendors apply for a space and we look at the quality of their products and where they come from."
The event was started just a couple of years ago (June 2010) and since then, hundreds of local vendors have taken part.One vendor, Love Thy Neighbor Designs, featured handmade children's clothing and accessories. Their outfits are made with organic cotton and embellished with hand-appliqud designs. And with the purchase of any piece of clothing, you walk away with another special treat: the feeling of helping a child in need."Every season we select a region that we want to help," said co-owner Bonnie Scapellato. "This season with every purchase, we send a similar piece to needy children in Nicaragua."It's like Tom's shoes, but for baby clothes."Yes! We love the Tom's model," said Scapellato. Another vendor got her start as a customer."I came here last year, and then when I started my business I had to get a table," said Carla Walker, owner of Carla Bakes.Walker, who just started her business last December, is a first-time vendor at the Artist Market and tempted shoppers with homemade breads, tarts, and other treats.Treats for your furry friends were also available. Tucker's Treats featured baked goods for pups because as they say, "Dogs are people too."
The prices are right too. Admission is free and most of the items range from $10 to $50. Many of the vendors take credit cards and those who don't have websites to take your order online if you forgot to bring cash.Some features of the 'Farm' still operated as usual: a full bar is available serving beer, liquor, bloody marys and mimosas. and if you get hungry while perusing the purses there's food trucks parked outside.If you missed this one, no worries. The next Lowcountry Artist Market is slated for early June.