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Lots of local, handmade gift options in northeast Indiana

Earlier this month, a reader reached out to Crafty Living, desirous of putting together "Taste of Fort Wayne" gift baskets for out of town guests. She had food items well in-hand but was looking for other locally made items.

At first, I panicked, not knowing whether I'd be able to help. Then, I took a deep breath and remembered my visit last year to the Grabill Country Fair, where I picked up business cards from several area artisans.

So, I created the list for our reader and got to thinking last week: Why not share it with everyone?

Please make note, this is by no means a comprehensive list, just something I was able to put together based on the business cards and brochures on top of my desk.

  • Parks and Recreation Community Center downtown has store in which they sell items made by local crafters.
  • Orchard Gallery, which has a special March small square themed exhibit going on right now.
If you have time to wait for shipping or want to find other artisans who sell their goods, you can always check out Etsy. This online marketplace of handmade goods has a search local option. Here is a link to the Shop local Fort Wayne search I did.

If you know of other local artisans who sell their goods or other places to buy handmade, let us know by sending an e-mail to