FANWOOD, NJ -  Enchantments, located at 234 South Ave. in Fanwood,  is joining more than 200 retailers and art institutions nationwide in celebration of American Craft Week. They will be presenting a Local Crafter Showcase from October 4 to 15.

Craft Retailers of Tomorrow (CRAFT) is an association of galleries, shops, schools and artist that are dedicated to presenting work with one common characteristic - it's handmade in the U.S.A. The goal of CRAFT is to promote awareness of American made craft through marketing, networking, education and communications programs

American Craft Week, now in its third year, is the annual coast-to-coast recognition of the makers, retailers, collectors and exhibitors of handmade craft.. “We’re passionate about the exceptional value, enduring quality and cultural significance of handmade American craft,” says Diane Sulg, co-chair of the campaign. “In a society so filled with machine-made things, we need to support the talented and dedicated people who create decorative and useful goods by hand.”

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 Enchantments supports American Craft Week because public awareness of the local craft scene helps sustain jobs for artists and their businesses. There is a local return on that investment and it helps promote downtown shopping.

Enchantments features handmade pottery by New Jersey residents as well as many craft items from across the United States. Other unique items include handmade jewelry, pieces made of flora, sea glass or recycled silverware and hand blown glass by well known artists Daniel Reed and Rick Hunter. The items featured are not only collectible but also functional such as natural wood frames, kitchen utensils, and handbags, all made by American crafters.  

Helen Ling owner of Enchantments hopes this event would also be an eye-opening experience for consumers: “Take a look at the crafts made by  gifted fellow Americans who are working hard every day to produce for us. Instead of buying merchandise made overseas, why not spend money on things made in America?” 

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