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Festive Nesting Handmade Gifts

Ashlee Clark-McCaffrey


Festive Nesting Handmade Gifts in Orcutt currently features items from 25 local artisans, including home decor, glassware, pottery, jewelry, clothing, and more.

Ashlee Clark-McCaffrey and her family had already participated in various craft fairs over the years, showcasing their homemade soap and wedding favors, before deciding to start their own. The annual Orcutt Holiday Craft Fair originated in 2015 out of Clark-McCaffrey’s home and usually features more than 40 local artisans.

After a successful four years, with each fair attracting hundreds of shoppers, the Orcutt local envisioned a permanent gift shop for crafters to utilize. The idea became Festive Nesting Handmade Gifts, which held its grand opening on Feb. 2 in the Oak Knoll Shopping Center.

“We have met so many wonderful people that are so creative and passionate about what they make,” Clark-McCaffrey said. “We thought it would be great to have a year-round store they could show and sell their items.”

The shop currently includes a variety of handmade items from 25 different artisans, including jewelry, clothing, pottery, glassware, and home decor. Although vendors pay a monthly fee, the store doesn’t take a percentage of the sales.

“This way it is more beneficial to our artisans and keeps costs down for customers,” Clark-McCaffrey said. “When a customer purchases at our store, they know what they are spending is going to the artisan that made it.” 

The monthly fee covers the cost of running the store and includes maintenance, advertising, and the handling of sales for all items, Clark-McCaffrey continued. The fee allows vendors to set their own prices without worrying about substantial markups. The store also offers free gift wrapping and complimentary coffee to customers and a children’s area for kids to play while their parents shop.

“We want to encourage people to feel at home in our store,” Clark-McCaffrey said. “We want the shop to be a place where people can come and find that perfect item for themselves, their mother, friends, or teacher.”

Festive Nesting already boasts an eclectic collection of items but is constantly seeking more artisans to join. The store could always use more variety, McCaffrey said. One reason the items feel so distinct, besides being homemade, is that the buyer knows that they’re supporting a crafter local to the Central Coast, she explained. The different reasons and circumstances that bring these artists together also give the items a special quality.

“Our artisans have joined the shop for many reasons. Some are looking to make ends meet, while others just need a little bit of help to support their child’s sports,” McCaffrey said. “Some need help to keep funding their passion of creating, and others just need an outlet to place items so they can make more.”

Only one week in, and the store has already felt a warm welcome, McCaffrey continued.

“The support we have gotten so far from our artisans and community have been so welcoming,” McCaffrey said. “We hope to keep this store going for many, many years and that we can continue to encourage and support local artisans.”

Festive Nesting Handmade Gifts is located in the Oak Knolls Shopping Center at 4854 S. Bradley Road, Orcutt. Call (805) 249-4084 or visit for more info.


• Jack’s All-American Plumbing in Santa Maria recently purchased a new piece of pipe bursting equipment that allows the company to replace a sewer line of a home or business without completely digging it up. The machine will decrease disruption of the existing ground structure and save customers from the burden of seeing their property torn apart. More info: (805) 925-0199 or

• Job Seeking 101, a two-day camp for ages 14 to 21, takes place Feb. 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, at the Anderson Recreation Center in Lompoc. The camp will cover resume building, the application process, and interview tips and techniques. The event concludes with real interviews for summer employment within the Lompoc Recreation Division. Admission is $15. More info: (805) 875-8100 or

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