Last weekend, we visited the Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, Va. — a yearly stop when I was a child. I've included some snapshots of the goods; if you are ever in southwest Virginia in August, it's a must-stop. Vendors come from all over the south offering their wares, many practicing old-fashioned Appalachian folk arts they learned from their parents and grandparents.
One man sold these gorgeous pearl strands, $85 a necklace.
A classic glass menagerie; that booth has been at the festival as long as I can remember, and I've been going to the festival since I was a kindergartner.
Sean holds up a hand-carved walking stick from The Stickery, made by Les Smith.
Flavored honey straws fresh from a farm in Lebanon, Va.
And hundreds of flavors of jam (we saw garlic jelly, lemon meringue pie jam and more).