CAPE MAY — Shoppers milled around the city’s Convention Hall Sunday morning searching for holiday gifts.
More than 50 vendors displayed handmade art, jewelry, woodwork and other items Saturday and Sunday during the annual Crafts at Christmas show. The event coincided with Saturday’s popular West Cape May Christmas Parade and drew crowds, vendors said.
It was a far cry from the Black Friday crowds and the virtual shopping carts of Cyber Monday. However, shoppers did have the chance to browse unique local goods and snag a deal.
Ceire Parker, a silversmith for SwellColors Glass Studio, said the show was special in that it featured items that were generally made in New Jersey by people from New Jersey.
“A lot of what we do is locally inspired,” Parker said. “We like to show local pride.”
The studio’s display featured glass Christmas ornaments shaped to look like the state, and each contained a pinch of sand from Cape May’s beaches. The studio has locations in Surf City and Barnegat Light.
Peter Henderer also uses physical pieces of Cape May in his work. He crafts wood recycled from homes in Cape May into a variety of shapes, many of which are nautical in nature.
Henderer said he gets a lot of the wood by searching through trash and Dumpsters. Sometimes, contractors or others who know of his work give him the material.
“It just comes from all over the place,” said Henderer, 27, of Cape May, who participates in about 25 craft shows a year.