Festive shopping the crafty way

MELISSA WASTNEY
Last updated 08:34 13/12/2012
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FAIR ALL GO: Greytown country fair organisers Michele Stokes, left, and Emma McCleary on the streets of Greytown.

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A unique opportunity for city folk to do their Christmas shopping in the country is taking place in Wairarapa.

The Craft Country Fair in Greytown offers a variety of quality handmade goods designed or made by the sellers.

The fair, being held on Saturday, attracts shoppers from as far afield as Wellington, crafter and co-organiser Emma McCleary says. "It's generally a mixture of locals and Wellingtonians, but quite a few people come out to spend the day in Wairarapa."

Ms McCleary, along with Natalie Friend and Michele Stokes, are Wairarapa crafters who have run the event since 2010.

She says the fair is "bringing together the southern North Island's best crafters for a high- quality, curated shopping experience".

It offers a different atmosphere to similar events in bigger cities, she says.

"It's quite a different sort of fair, with less overlap from ones such as Craft 2.0. Half the stall- holders have never sold at a fair before."

The Greytown Christmas Parade also takes place on Saturday, at 2pm.

The fair is complemented by a shop, Craft Country in Featherston, also set up by the women after the fair as a more permanent way to showcase handmade goods from around New Zealand. The shop is open Friday to Sunday and staffed entirely by volunteers.

"We love Wairarapa, but felt that interesting shops were definitely lacking in Featherston," Ms McCleary says.

THE DETAILS

Craft Country Fair, Greytown Library/Town Hall building, Saturday 10am till 3pm.

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