37th Annual Aiken's Makin draws large crowd on opening day

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Sep. 6, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- As the saying goes, there's something for everybody. At the 37th Annual Aiken's Makin that's the case. Dozens of vendors line Park Avenue from Union Street to Chesterfield Street in Downtown Aiken.

But for many for the shoppers, one theme is hot: college football. One vendor sells model wooden stadiums of 'Death Valley' and Williams-Brice Stadium. Just down the row of dozens of vendors, another seller is dishing out wooden swings decorated with Gamecocks, Bulldogs, and Florida Gators.

"I draw pictures of colleges. I was an architecture major in college, and I got into drawing buildings, and this is all pen and ink work," says Mike James of Rock Hill.

His art is a bit different than the others. He draws the landmarks of college campuses and universities one dot at a time. It's an art form known as pointillism.

"I try to do the small schools like Lander all the way up to the big schools like USC and Georgia, which are big sellers this weekend," says James. "People are still in a high from last weekend, so I sold a few Clemson ones."

Near the corner of York Street and Park Avenue, yard-lighthouses adorned with Clemson Tiger paws are selling too. Seller Robert Stack of Santee, S.C. says tailgaters are snatching up Gamecock and Bulldog items too before Saturday's big game.

"They're made to last for a long time," he says of the items he personalizes for each buyer.

"Anything you want come out and look for it and you can find it at a good price," says shopper Retia Richardson from Blackville.


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