Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market promotes small businesses, local owners

Published: Nov. 26, 2016 at 6:48 AM EST
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(11/26/16) - It was Small Business Saturday on November 26th; an effort to encourage shoppers to look local for the holidays. Of course this comes after Black Friday, usually for big-box stores.

Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market is celebrating 10 years supporting local business owners.

"This is the first time I've been here and I can't, I'm just amazed at how many things are here. Just something for everybody,” said Kimber Porter from Flint.

At the Masonic Temple in downtown Flint there was a unique, handmade item for everyone on your gift list.

"It’s amazing and eye opening that there are so many things available and reasonably priced, I think,” said Donna Kelly from Port Huron.

Not only are the scarves, buttons, clutches, mittens, lotions, pottery, candles, and more that are handmade - they're also supporting more than 40 small business owners.

"So when you buy handmade, especially locally handmade, you're supporting local business and local residents in your community. When you spend money in your community it stays in your community,” said Crystal Pepperdine with Flint Handmade.

This is the first time Mina Mittens has been at the market – a company specializing in cozy wool and fleece mittens upcycled from sweaters.

"I’m really excited about it, we've had a great crowd and I'm looking for some great sales,” said Sandy Glish, the owner of Mina Mittens.

The team behind LUMINIST has been friends since high school. Now they make Michigan-themed pottery and other household goods.

"It’s a real great outlet for me. I work in the medical field so coming home at night and working at creativity is really fun. But being a part of Flint handmade is awesome because it's a community organization that brings in a ton of money and steals from the big box retails and they can take a little cut,” said Trenton Odette, one of the owners of LUMINIST.

A one-of-a-kind market filled with one-of-a-kind items.

"So they're fun gifts. People like to give them and they're fun to give,” said Sarah Carson, visiting from Chicago.