Five to Find: Handmade Vendors

Braum’s An Affair of the Heart, consistently voted one of the country’s top contemporary craft shows by Sunshine Artist magazine, will return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mo., Sept 6-8.

Braum’s An Affair of the Heart is a handmade, boutiques and gourmet market that started over 30 years ago in Oklahoma. It is now the largest and longest running show of its kind in the state, and working to bring this long-standing shopping tradition to Springfield.

The third annual Braum’s An Affair of the Heart show will feature over 160 booths of handmade, boutiques and gourmet food items including everything from jewelry and up-cycled furniture to clothing, home décor, handcrafted lotions and soaps and much more. The vendors represent 10 states traveling to Springfield to sell their goods over three days.  The show provides shoppers with a unique opportunity to browse over 100 pop-up shops from across the nation selling unique, one-of-a-kind items celebrating the craft, skill, art and style of the vendor.

Here’s our pick of five can’t miss handmade vendors.

This dinnerware design series by Art Untamed is called “Endangered” and is comprised of eight different animals that are all either on the endangered list or are vulnerable to become endangered. You can find artist Grace Huckfeldt and explore her entire collection in Booth 256.
Hand-drawn medieval maps are the specialty of artist Jesse Kennedy who will be in Booth 217. You’ll lose yourself perusing all the interesting places, times and historical events he’s been able to capture in his Medieval Maps.
Jewelry maker Nan Clark describes this style as BOHO cool. You can find it and numerous other styles in Booth 228.
Lavender Falls is known for all things lavender brought direct to you from their Louisiana farm. From lip balm to this culinary treat, if it has anything to do with the purple flower, you can find it in Booth 293-294.
It wouldn’t be a Braum’s An Affair of the Heart show without a little Christmas! These all-natural soy wax candles from Reborn Co. are handmade by veterans and are toxin and soot-free. They also specialize in Man Candles. Find them in Booth 324.