Locallectual Newsletter: Here Comes Crafty Claus (November 5, 2010)
Yes, we read the title of this newsletter (hello, we did write it) and we know that it's hardly November and we're already referencing the holiday season. Let's be honest, though. If you've stepped foot into a retail store in the past two weeks you've seen a wreath. Red and green candies. Something that makes you think of December holidays. So to make a long story short, or umm, a long holiday season short, jump on your holiday shopping. It's what retailers want you to do. And not just big box retailers. Local and indie artisans across the
country are banding together to host craft fairs, giving you a chance to knock your holiday shopping out early and to support local
producers. Here are a few to check out:
November 5th, 6th & 7th: Boston Christmas Festival - Boston, MA: Get in the Christmas spirit and get your shopping done all in one stop. Handcrafted wood toys, jewelry, food, and clothing can all be found at the Festival, plus you can whip up a gingerbread house for their annual competition (because, you know, you have time for that).
November 1st thru December 31st:
Bizarre Bazaar - Chicago: Know someone who loves little curiosities and just plain unique gifts? Then hit up The Chicago Art Source's weekend fair running through the end of the year. The Bizarre Bazaar features funky little paintings, photos, china, and other handmade items from local artists. PS - this ain't your momma's crafting.
Launch Market - Miami: Also running on weekends through the end of the year (and beyond) is Miami's Launch Market. The market features everything from clothes to culinary creations all made by local artisans. Not in Miami? Look for a Launch Market in a major city near you.
November 13th & 14th:
Artisans Studio Tour - Charlottesville, VA: Not only will this event allow you to purchase high quality gifts (jewelry, glass, and pottery to name a few), but the Artisans Studio Tour actually lets you see where and how these gifts are made. Meet the artist, tour the studio, buy the goods. Any questions?
So get out there and get shopping. The sooner you get it done the less stress you will have on you as the holidays get closer. Plus, you will be putting some money in the pockets of your neighbors so they can get their shopping knocked out early as well!