Crafty Feast makes holiday shopping local and unique

Allen Wallace photos.

There are lots of places to go holiday shopping, but none quite like Columbia’s Crafty Feast.

The 10th annual independent craft fair drew thousands of people to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Sunday, all coming to check out the wares of nearly 100 creators of handmade and repurposed goods and gifts from across the Southeast.

“I have tote bags, greeting cards, art prints: all illustrations that I do for fun,” said Cait Maloney, who does graphic design for local businesses including integrated communications firm Flock and Rally. “I started as an illustrator and then I transitioned into graphic design because that’s how you make money.”

Maloney, like many of the other vendors on hand, creates art because she loves it, and Crafty Feast is a big opportunity.

“It’s a nice outlet to show off my stuff to the world,” she said. “It’s all different kinds of people. People who might not naturally be drawn to my website, and I’m not friends with all these people on Instagram. It’s more exposure to people I wouldn’t normally get.”

Crafty Feast exists to give attendees the opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind gifts while
supporting local and regional indie artists and small businesses.

Guests were able knock out their holiday shopping in one Sunday afternoon, while also
enjoying mimosas, craft beer, wine, snacks, tunes spun by “DJ Dr. P” Scott Padgett, games and demonstrations by Firefly Games and Toys, and do it yourself craft tables hosted by 701 Center for Contemporary Art and Cola Makerspace.

For those who missed Sunday’s event, information on the vendors and their products is available at

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Columbia, Richland County