Almost as certain as snow and cold weather this time of year is the appearance of dozens of Christmas craft markets where eager Christmas shoppers seek to find that one of a kind gift to brighten the face of a loved one.  

 One of those markets took place yesterday (November 18) at the Town and Country Centre in Airdrie where the "Mrs. Claus Shop Holiday Market" featured dozens of vendors all trying to stand out with their wares.

Ashlee Sampson runs Ashlee's Attic, a business selling rustic hand made wooden signs and home decor.  Sampson says she'll only attend two Christmas markets this year and Airdrie is one she doesn't want to miss.

"The Airdrie market is really big on supporting hand made vendors which is why I really like it.  They really support hand made vendors and the small businesses, which is why I like to come here."

Sampson says Christmas markets are important to small businesses like hers.  "Pretty important.  It helps get our name out.  We're a smaller business so it definitely helps to get our name out there.  We can advertise what we do and we get a lot of custom orders from shows like this so it definitely helps."

Sampson says yesterday's show seemed to be popular with those attending as well.  "Lots of good feedback.  People love that they can customize and pick their colour, their size.  We've been told our signs are very affordable."

The big question for Sampson and the rest of the vendors is, 'was the day worthwhile?'  The answer, according to Sampson, is 'yes.'

"We've done pretty good in sales and got some custom orders.  We were hoping for a bit more foot traffic because it's Saturday but overall it was a good day."

The market at the Town and Country Centre was just one of several that were taking place over the weekend in Airdrie. 

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