Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday shopping

Okay, it snowed yesterday so I guess I have to face the fact that fall is a soon to be distant memory and it is officially "the holiday season." Blah, I spend the next 4 months wishing for spring. But there are some really fun things to do during this next month. This is the season for artists' to show and sell their crafts....Luckily we have alternatives to the old style Christmas holiday bazaar where the crocheted toilet paper cozy is on sale in too many garish colors.

One of my favorite events is coming up shortly — "Bazaar Bizarre" the place where creative hipsters sell their outside-the-box handmade wares. Two years ago I bought a pair of Virgin Mary earrings (loved them) and my friend bought a purse made from an old Parker Brothers game box. Much of the inspiration for the items showing is retro/vintage/camp. Artist's raw materials are things that were near and dear to our parent's hearts which now become fun to send up in a trendy, whimsical and fresh way. Don't miss the heartfelt, ironic, and extremely unique items at this craft fair....after all maybe you know someone who is looking for a bracelet made out of old vinyl 45's or you could have a friend would love a computer bag made out of duct tape?

The sixth annual version of the counterculture Bazaar Bizarre kicks off from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 12, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 13, with more than 75 local artists and vendors. Each day will feature different artisans. The vibe is cool, the prices are good and the selection is nothing you would ever see at your grandma's craft fair.

Same location as last year: 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance (behind the building) -- accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St. Map link for directions: You can also become a fan of the event on facebook at

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