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Forty-eight days may sound like a long time, but not when it comes to Christmas shopping. Friday at the Southport Community Center, the Ninth Annual Artisans Holiday Boutique kicked off, getting lots of people in the holiday shopping spirit. Newschannel 3's Kevin Wuzzardo was at the community center and has the story. ‘Twas the month before Christmas, and in the town of Southport Artists readied their works for folks who consider shopping a sport. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes holiday shoppers soon would be there. "Initially when it opens up, it's like a madhouse. You get lots of people coming in. Everybody's looking," said painter, Tom Izod. They rushed through the doors and headed right to the tables, In search of handmade goods, forget designer labels. Crotcheter Loretta Rottkamp said, "I almost get a lump in my throat and want to give them a hug that they recognize how much I enjoyed making it." For nine years the artisans have hosted this holiday boutique, With gifts like jewelry, paintings and knick-knacks unique. "Although the artists like me don't sell a lot of large paintings, I think it's a wonderful way to promote art for everyone to enjoy," Nancy Schulte said. In search of a bargain, on a quest for a deal, Clothes to dress up your child - pottery to dress up a meal. Jewelry designer and event coordinator, Nancy Clookie, said, "We kind of joke about the fact that it's a way for us to support our habit. For a lot of our artists, this is the one and only opportunity that they have. They don't market their work anywhere else." Another chance to shop Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 in the eve. In Southport, Kevin Wuzzardo WWAY Newschannel 3. The Artisans is a group of about 60 artists in Saint James. Proceeds from their holiday boutique also go to scholarships for Brunswick County high school students interested in art.

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