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Shopping for Fine Crafts and Artisan Work in Massachusetts

New England is a wonderful place to shop for fine crafts and handmade artisan work because of its long history, economic ingenuity, and rural traditions. A sterling example is silverwork and pewter work crafted by Paul Revere of Boston, which continues to influence today’s artists. Most states have guilds of artists, artisans, and crafts makers that promote local artistry and bring artisan products to the market. Local fine crafts often can be found at the larger farmers markets and festivals.
Fine crafts in Massachusetts are as varied as the state itself. In the city of Brockton is the Fuller Craft Museum, which displays artisan craftwork. Recent shows have included glass sculpture, cloth paintings, ceramic art, wire and metal sculpture. Moving westward, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is a restored Shaker Village with many programs explaining Shaker life. The restored Village includes historic buildings, heirloom gardens, and craft demonstrations, and Shaker handicrafts for sale. In the Pioneer Valley, the Twist Fair, held twice a year, showcases original handmade crafts and art from 60 artisans.

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Lexington Visitor Center Gift Shop - Greater Merrimack Valley MA
Greater Merrimack Valley

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Extraordinary locations and out-of-the-ordinary items make for true one-of-a-kind shopping experiences

If shopping to you means seeking out items beyond the ordinary, then the artists and artisans of the Greater Merrimack Valley have several options for you to consider. At the Canal Street Antique Mall in Lawrence, 50-plus dealers offer unique furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing, hardware and more in an equally unique old mill building. At the Crafty Yankee in Lexington, choose from gorgeous Simon Pearce glassware, adorable baby clothing and other one-of-a-kind items. Visit the gift stores or online shops offering the finest handcrafted gifts and artwork at the New England Quilt Museum and the Brush Art Gallery & Studios. And mark your calendar for the Holiday Open Studios at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, this year on Dec. 3 and 10.