Holiday shoppers brave rain, cold to shop Charleston Farmer's Market

Published: Dec. 20, 2014 at 7:42 PM EST
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, minus the weather, of course.

Despite a soggy start, many shoppers braved the elements Saturday to find the perfect gift at the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square.

Amidst the rain, shoppers browsed through rows of tents lining the city square at the corners of King and Calhoun Street, many, in search of something they couldn't find in other big box retail stores.

Linda Edwards, who drove from Wilmington, North Carolina, with her son, was among a fluctuating crowd Saturday.

"We just wanted to do something different together," she said.

Local artisan Ashley Harwood, owner of Turning Native, said vendors have grown to expect thousands of people each weekend, and was slightly "bummed" by the rain-filled finale.

"It is kind of a bummer," she joked.

Harwood sold much of her inventory in previous weeks, a feat she credits to the visibility offered by the city market.

"The exposure is huge," she said.

"Ordinarily the holiday season here at the farmer's market would be the busiest time for me."

Chevalo Wilsondebriano, co-owner of Charleston Gourmet Burger Company, agreed.

"Even though it's raining, so many customers are coming because it's the last shopping weekend," he said.

The Charleston Farmer's Market opens for the final time this season, Sunday, December 21.

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