Topsail Island’s original craft market will be hosting a special pirate-themed event on July 10th. Kids are invited to “Strike Gold” and create a simple pirate coin necklace while families shop for treasures at the market.
Topsail’s Summer Plunder Days, which encourages visitors to “Pillage in the Village,” is the brainchild of Topsail Beach resident Dottie Netherton. Dottie originally developed the craft market as a part of the Town’s 50th anniversary celebration last year, but its popularity ensured that it would continue beyond 2013.
The market features local crafts — and its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is not a “farmer’s market” and does not include produce vendors. The focus is solely on the talents, arts and crafts of local residents.
Dottie has built on the Topsail pirate history, with the familiar pirate logo carrying forward on banners and ads. There is even a treasure chest, where children can collect a piece of eight, to be exchanged for a pirate pencil at the Missiles and More Museum.
The market features more than 20 vendors, who have all been juried and selected for the quality and variety of their work. Some of the many offerings include pottery, intricate scissor-cuttings, handpainted signs, jewelry, leather, soaps, mosaics, copper art, weathervanes, puzzles, tie-dye, stained glass work, tide clocks, hand-carved fish, paintings and, of course, sea glass and shell art.
Visitors can “Pillage in the Village” on Thursdays in June, July and August from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays have been established as a rain date. The market is located at 802 S. Anderson Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Market information can be found on the facebook page: Facebook.com/topsailcrafts.