Ohio Craft Museum and the McConnell Arts Center showcase local artisans' work, which is also for sale.

Some of the wooden stars and mini decorated houses for sale on a tree at the Ohio Craft Museum.

Ohio Craft Museum

The Ohio Craft Museum, located on West Fifth Avenue in the Tri-Village area, is holding its annual Gifts of the Craftsmen sale. There's something for all ages for sale from glass ornaments, to wooden star decorations to felt and knit toys and purses for children to knit scarves and hats. I will admit that most of the items cost more than $10, but you will support local craftspeople.

Some of my favorite items at the sale include:
-Felt and leather bats by Viola Studio (Also sells cute animal purses and bags)

-wood bowls

-wood stars and angels for decorating trees and other areas $7-10*

-K. Bellum leather accessories

-Cutting boards

-Fabric flower pins for $9*

In addition, the sale features a wide selection of jewelry, prints, handmade cards, glassware and bowls, ceramics, wall pieces made of metal, photos and paper cutouts, tree ornaments in shape of houses (the log cabin with a flag is really cute), clocks made from utensils and other items.

Also, the annual Winterfair sale and show is coming up next weekend, Dec. 6-8, at the multipurpose building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Visit the museum and you can get tickets for $2 off the door price for Winterfair ($7).

McConnell Arts Center

"The MAC," as it's referred to by locals, is a multipurpose space with galleries and a large theatre. It often features live concerts for reasonable prices. If you like some of the Christmas show classics, you might want to go to the holiday movie night planned for Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. The center will be showingRudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,A Charlie Brown ChristmasandFrosty the Snowman. Tickets for the trio of shows are $3. The center also offers various classes and workshops.

Currently on display and for sale are various fine art photgraphs and jewelry collections. Photographs are all prices around $100. Jewelry pieces range in price from $35 for Pepperseeds "Tribal cord" necklaces and Susan Stegners silver rings to more than $300 for more elaborate items.

My picks are the "Tribal cord" necklaces and I really liked a 3-Dimensional leather cutouts necklace by Sharon Butcher, who also has a number of leather cuffs for sale as well for $45.