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Christmas Socks

Mast General Store

Made of a cotton, wool and nylon blend, these heavyweight ribbed knit crew socks are great for everyday wear, whether you're out last-minute shopping or hanging out while decorating the tree. Each pack comes with a red pair of socks with a green heel and toe, and a green pair with red heel, toe and trim at the top. Wear green one day and red the next, or be a mischievous elf, and mismatch for some fun. Happy Holidays!

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Burchette Guitars

For People Who Live For Tone 
Elkin, NC

Burchette Guitars are handcrafted custom instruments for an experienced player with an appreciation for quality and beauty Gray's all solid wood guitars deliver a level of high performance for people who live for tone. READER COMMENTS: "Those who know guitars know Gray Burchette’s guitars. Played by famous musicians throughout the country and desired by many who do not own one!"

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Handcrafted Furniture 

Charleston Forge Furniture
Boone, NC

A family owned, American maker of fine furniture using time honored skills with a "sense of hand" that no machine can match. Offers unique and stunning handcrafted furniture, dining tables, drink tables, cocktail tables, barstools, dining chairs, beds, end tables and consoles. READER COMMENTS: “Whether forging hot metal or hand-planing a solid wood tabletop, you can see and feel a ‘sense of hand’ in every piece.”

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High Country Lavender
Meadows of Dan, VA

High Country Lavender currently grows five different lavender varieties: Grosso, Hidcote, Provence, Phenomenal and Royal Velvet. The store offers a variety of handmade lavender-based facial creams, masks, serums, hair oils, soaps, body and foot products, baby products, bug repellants and more. READER COMMENTS:"Many different varieties of products that are locally grown and prepared. A wonderful experience.”

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Blue Ridge Country
Holiday BOGO

Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Blue Ridge Country is your source for original photography and award-winning stories about travel, history and lifestyles in the Southern Mountains from Virginia to Georgia. READER COMMENTS: "The photography is outstanding, the stories are great, and we use the Almanac to find events that we like to go to. I would suggest anyone who loves the things mentioned above get a subscription as well!"

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Handcrafted Jewelry

Anne Vaughan Designs
Floyd, VA

Founded in 2006, Anne Vaughan Designs was created so Anne could find a way to work while doing her first job - being a mom. Created in the basement of a tiny brick ranch home, Anne began creating one piece of jewelry a day as a side hustle after the birth of her son, Gabe. READER COMMENTS: “Her jewelry is created by a small team of artisans in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her designs are found in over 300 stores in the country.”

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Natural Body Products

Shade Tree Farms
Franklin, NC

Locally handcrafted products made in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains using many ingredients grown and collected locally with the goal of encouraging local agriculture. READER COMMENTS: “Laura offers a wide variety of natural health and body products using goat milk and botanicals from her farm or local sources. The soaps are soft silky lather with beautiful fragrances."

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Custom Saddles & Silver

Harris Leather & Silverworks
State Road, NC

Offers custom saddles, halters, headstalls, silver, show equipment and accessories, apparel, boots, with a strong focus on exceptional quality, customer satisfaction and timeless traditions of old world craftsmanship. READER COMMENTS:“Mabelene’s little side business’ has grown to employ about 30 people, including the silver shop, leather toolers, saddle makers and bridle makers. And it remains all in the family.“

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Relic Wood
Taylorsville, NC

Personalized handmade wooden items crafted by skilled, experienced woodworkers who take great pride in creating vintage products utilizing time-honored techniques. Products include keepsake boxes, cigar boxes, photo box wall art, unique display cases and more. READER COMMENTS: "This company is veteran-owned and manufactures 100% in-house gift boxes for retirement, military, law enforcement and firefighters, plus many other occupations.”

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Handwoven Treasures

Crossnore Weavers
Avery Campus - Crossnore, NC

Sells a variety of beautifully handwoven wearables, kitchen and table linens, home decor items and more. READER COMMENTS: “Crossnore Weavers was created in 1923 to preserve the Appalachian art of hand-weaving, to give economic opportunity to women and to promote Crossnore School & Children’s Home through the sale of beautiful hand-woven goods."

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Heirloom-Quality Furniture 

Clore Furniture
Madison, VA

The Clore Family has lived and worked in the heart of Virginia since 1830, doing what they love and doing it very well. Through the years, Clore heirloom-quality furniture has come to be regarded as quintessentially American – functional, beautiful, and enduring. READER COMMENTS: “One of the oldest businesses in the country still owned by the original family. Their hand-crafted furniture is of the highest quality yet quite reasonably priced.“

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Handmade Hardwoods

Mountain Mule Hardwoods
Fall Branch, TN

Heirloom furniture and gifts handcrafted in Fall Branch, Tennessee from solid American hardwoods like walnut, cherry, red and white oak, quarter-sawn white oak, maple, curly maple, ambrosia maple and ash. Simple designs that are clean and timeless, often taking inspiration from the Shakers, as well as Scandinavian and modern design. READER RECOMMENDED!

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Blue Ridge Soap Shed
Spruce Pine, NC

Established in 1998, The Blue Ridge Soap Shed offers locally made soaps with varieties that range from good-for-your-skin goat milk soap, shea butter and 100% Olive Oil Castile soaps, to Grandma's Ole Lye Soap, an Appalachian tradition. READER COMMENTS: “Now making more than 130 varieties, The Soap Shed offers one of the largest varieties of handcrafted soap available in the U.S.”

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