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Antique lovers savor variety at Braselton festival
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Michelle Foxworthy of Buford looks through items Saturday during the Braselton Antiques and Artisans Festival. Foxworthy had never visited the festival before but says she has an affinity for collecting old things. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Antique and Artisan Festival

When: through today

Where: Braselton Park, 115 Harrison St., Braselton

Cost: Free

More info: www.downtownbraselton.com

Items both vintage and creative will be on display at the Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival on Sunday in downtown Braselton.

The 14th semi-annual market offers a variety of antiques, handmade items, clothing, collectibles and local artwork.

Pat Thomas, a repeat visitor, attended Saturday and pointed out how there are so many different creative items.

“I love it. I just love to see all the different things people have done with shutters and ladders. Just real creative,” she said. “I really kind of like the furniture and just what people do with the windows and wood the best. It’s unusually pieces.”

With 200 vendors, the event covers many streets in the downtown area. LaVonne Bateman, another returning attendee, said that the event has gotten bigger every year.

“We enjoy it. We try to come every year pretty much,” she said. “It’s bigger, way bigger.”

With the festival expanding, some new vendors have joined, including Misti Moore’s Bus Shop Boutique. With merchandise literally loaded on a bus, the booth was bound to get some attention.

Cassidy Byess, a friend of the owner, explained what the company is.

“She (Moore) just travels from festival to festival on the weekends,” she said. “We sell clothing sizes small to 3X. We also sell jewelry, purses, anything fashionable.”

While it’s is the first time the Bus Shop Boutique has come to the Braselton event, Byess said it’s been a great turnout so far.

“This is a huge festival. We didn’t realize how many people would be here but so far we’ve done great,” she said.

Another vendor, Estelline Designs, is also offering some unique and fashionable merchandise.

“I sell scarves and necklaces made with a yarn that’s manufactured in Italy, and when I crochet the yarn it looks like beads. The necklaces and scarves are very light,” said Esther Tomlinson, the company’s owner.

Tomlinson said that it’s her second time at the festival and she decided to return based on past success.

“Even though it’s just my second time here, I think it’s a good one,” she said.

But if clothing and jewelry aren’t enough, there are numerous traditional vendors selling antiques, like Beth and Glenn Ford’s booth, Burlap and Bluebirds.

Beth Ford explained that they sell “antiques, repurposed, vintage and homemade things,” and that the Braselton festival is one of their favorites.

“We love it,” she said. “It’s one of the best shows we do.”

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