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Vendors and shoppers "Tough It Out" at arts and crafts fair

Shelle Acevilla Shelle Acevilla
Dorothy Nakazawa Dorothy Nakazawa

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's the time of year local vendors look forward to. The annual Diamond Head Arts and Crafts Fair usually draws a large crowd.

More than 5000 people came out to Kapiolani Community College for the 16th Annual Diamond Head Arts and Crafts Fair. With a slumping economy, some vendors use this event to bring out the holiday spirit along with peoples wallets.

"Because we're in this economy where everything is down, I think this Fair makes everybody just smile," says Vendor Shelle Acevilla.

Buyers were pleased with the variety of local goods. Dorothy Nakazawa flew over from Kauai just to be at this year's Fair. She plans on spending about 600 dollars.

"Getting the gifts here is helping everybody here for the economy right now, as bad as it is," says Shopper Dorothy Nakazawa.

Mike Kim has been a vendor at this Fair for the last nine years. His brooms were a hot item. At 15- dollars each, all 80 of them were gone in a matter of just a few hours.

"Business is good, very brisk and people are buying and I don't see any problems. I notice people are buying with cash more this year than with checks," says Vendor Mike Kim

It's a chance to pick up some one-of-a-kind locally hand-made Christmas gifts at one location.

"To find those special unique gifts, sometimes you have to just go ahead and put your money out there for the things that really will mean something to a special person," says Shopper Wanda McFall.

Times might be tough economically but it's events like the Diamond Head Arts and Crafts Fair that help local vendors tough it out

Many of the same vendors will also be at the Annual Christmas Crafts and Food Expo later this month at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

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