The Topsail area is full of talented artisans eager to share their talents with visitors. And they have a chance to do that this summer as Summer Plunder Days in Topsail Beach. The brainchild of Topsail Beach resident Dottie Netherton, who developed the craft market as a part of the town’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2013, however, its popularity demanded that the summer market be continued.
Netherton imagined a market that features just featuring local crafts. A farmer’s market it is not. In fact, shoppers won’t find any produce at all. The focus is solely on the talents, arts and crafts of local residents. Netherton built on the Topsail pirate history, conceiving the tag “Plunder Days” and invites visitors to “Come Pillage in the Village.” 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.
Held at 802 S. Anderson Blvd., in the heart of Topsail Beach, the weekly event also stands to draw visitors to the southern end of the island, a move that is appreciated by the small business owners in the area.
Dottie, an artist who creates intricate scissor cuttings, has been featured in Our State magazine for her artistic endeavors. She is joined weekly by 25 juried vendors featuring everything from jewelry, candles and stained glass to hand-carved fish and tie dyed shirts. Each vendor is handpicked for the quality and variety of their work
The market runs from 10am-3pm on Thursdays in June, July and August. Fridays are the established rain date. Market information can be found at topsailcrafts.weebly.com or on the Topsail Beach Craft Market facebook page.