LADSON, SC (WCSC) - An array of gifts created in the Lowcountry went on sale just in time for Christmas Friday morning.
The annual Christmas Made in the South show opened at the Exchange Park in Ladson at 10 a.m. Friday.
Shoppers will be able to browse items created by Lowcountry artists and master craftsmen that include glassblowers, ornament makers and jewelry creators. They will also be able to meet the people who created the gift ideas.
"You can't find this in the big box stores. All the artists and craftsman are here so you get to talk to them and hear their stories, how the leatherman got into leather, how the glass blowers got into glass, how the ornament maker makes their ornaments," event director Russ Hunt said.
Santa Claus will also be in town for Christmas Made in the South. He is available for free pictures at the event.
"This is the busiest I think I've seen it in years, it's really nice, a lot of new vendors," patron Helen Rooney said.
"You could also tie this to the stock exchange that's at an all-time high. The economy is doing great, people are hopeful and out spending money," patron Artie Rooney said. "I'm Helen's pack mule so my job is to carry all of the things she buys here each and every year."
"I think it looks good, don't you? Everyone looks like they're shopping," Helen Rooney said,
The event runs through Sunday. Admission for adults is $7 and children 12 and under get in for free.
Click here for an admission coupon.