Door County Crafting

This past weekend, the fam and I went up to Door County, WI for a few days to do a little Oktoberfest-ing. While we were there we took some time and went to a craft show and also checked out some of the local places selling arts and crafts.

The art culture up there is pretty interesting. The craft show was full of people selling handmade goods. I believe that almost all of the sellers were the actual creators as well. I will get to posting some of the items we purchased while at the craft show in another post coming up soon. For now, I’d like to focus on the little shops in town carrying arts and crafts.

While there were many galleries selling paintings, not a lot of what I saw was actually a real painting. A majority of the pieces were prints on canvas being sold for large amounts of money. My guess is that these artists are widely known in the area because otherwise…I don’t get how they make any money. Admittedly, I didn’t visit that many galleries so I am not sure what else is out there, this is just what I saw at the ones I visited.

We also perused a few shops selling crafts in town one afternoon. I was a little disappointed to see that a majority of the shop owners did not actually create the crafts themselves. I mean, still cool that most of the items in the shops were handmade…but a little disappointing because I love to see who actually made them.

Either way, there was a lot of interesting stuff to see up there. This picture is of my favorite shop that had plenty of wood carvings and lawn ornaments out front to bring you in:

A close up of a wood carved wind chime:

And, of course, my favorite….the wind chime made out of old dishes and silverware. If people wouldn’t think I was weird for hanging one of these in my backyard, I might have actually bought it. It makes me laugh every time I see it:

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