Shoppers in Brewer Support Local Craftsmen on Black Friday 

Shoppers were taking part in a different kind of Black Friday in Brewer. They sought out Maine-made presents at the United Maine Craftsmen Arts and Crafts show.”It’s a fabulous, fabulous way to find your Christmas gifts and support Maine’s economy,” said Aletha Boyle, show director and president of the organization’s board of directors.From jewelry to photography to pottery, shoppers found unique presents to put under the tree. Presents folks shopping elsewhere on Black Friday might not be able to find.”It’s definitely something that you’re not going to pick up at Walmart or other box stores,” said Mary Jones of Perry.That’s because most of what’s on sale is hand made.”I hand paint ornaments myself, each one is completely different and it’s from Maine and it’s made by a person who has developed their skills here in Maine,” said Boyle.Shoppers get to take away the product of those skills. All while spreading some holiday cheer to a local business.”With the economy the way it is, we like to spend money locally as much as we can,” said Jones.The United Maine Craftsmen show continues on Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-4. It costs $1.50 to get in.