The gold vintage-style long necklace Gay Raftery tried on started out as a gift for her daughter, but after a few minutes in front of the mirror and compliments from fellow shoppers it became hers.
"That's a fun piece," Raftery said.
At the Emporium, a gift and garden store in Largo, 25 artists, craftsmen and jewelery makers showcased their work on Saturday December 11, at a monthly arts and crafts fair.
Victoria Semones, a jewelery maker for 25 years, had a collection of old chains, adornments made out of percussion caps, Victorian-style earrings and bracelets from $20 to $45.
Florida-inspired paintings by Betsi Burgess sold for $45 and $85. Her work features flamingos, lilac flowers and tropical themes painted on thacker, the same material used for tiles, making them durable outdoor pieces.
"I've sold over 3000 pieces at these fairs," Burgess said.
D. J. Smith, an antiques and collectibles vendor at the fair, was doing some shopping herself.
"You never know who's going t0 be here," Smith said.
The next fair will be held in February.