Oklahoma's biggest craft show "An Affair of the Heart" comes to Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- For the 22nd year in a row, Oklahoma's largest craft show "An Affair of the Heart" will be in Tulsa this weekend.
On Friday shoppers were looking for the best deals at the craft show.
“It’s supporting the people in your community instead of the big retailers," said Vincent Ponteri.
Ponteri prints vintage T-shirts at a storefront in Broken Arrow.
Today he’s like many local vendors manning a booth at Riverspirit Expo Square.
Each year the show attracts people from more than 20 states.
“If you’re not leaving the show with a handful of packages, you’ve shopped wrong," said Karen Tassell, owner of Pretty Darn Quick meals in Texas.
She sells her very popular instant casserole meals at the show every year.
“Because there’s something for everyone here," said Tassell.
With more than 450 vendors, there’s a lot to choose from. This weekend alone is supposed to attract more than 25,000 visitors.
The doors opened Friday at 9 a.m. and by lunch the crowds were huge, especially since next week is the start of the official holiday shopping season.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to be out here," said Tara Shelton who runs Briar Patch Market in Tahlequah.
Shelton sells rustic décor at her store and the craft show helps draw customers to her shop.
“I mean just about anything you want, we have," said Shelton.
The same can be said for the show itself.
The show closes Friday at 6 p.m. and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.