Last month, I put together a short list of local craft fairs. Since then, I’ve found there are quite a few more that might be of interest to craft fair fans. Hence, the “redux” of some of the earlier info, injected with more crafty events around the Triangle, for your consideration this holiday shopping season.
The Handmade Market – Nov. 12
This is one of my favorite hand craft fairs. I’ve never walked away empty-handed, and frequently find myself searching local Esty pages to purchase the most darling, eco-friendly note cards from Lilliprint, a vendor I met last fall. This fair moved indoors, to Cobblestone Hall in City Market, so bad weather is never an issue. I suggest arriving a little earlier than the 11 am opening and treating yourself to breakfast at Big Ed’s, or a coffee beverage at Benelux Cafe, both located within City Market (early birds can walk away with a free tote too). No worries if you’re not the earliest bird in the bunch. Food crafters Sweet T Cakery, Sarah Cecilia Good Food, and Joe Van Gogh will have items available for purchase as well. Admission to the event is free, and donations (in the form of cash or non-perishable food items) will be graciously accepted on behalf of the Inter-faith Food Shuttle. Your donation will earn an entry into a raffle for a gift basket from sponsors. Check the Handmade Market’s website for this fall’s participants, and start checking off your gift list.
Duke Gardens Craft Sale – Nov. 12
From 10 am to 4:30 pm (with free parking until 1 pm), nature-themed, garden-focused decorations and gifts created by Duke Gardens Garden Guild will be available, with proceeds supporting the lovely Duke Gardens. Saturday’s weather will be cool, but sunny… and may be just pleasant enough for a fall picnic at the gardens.
Artists for Hope – Nov. 13 & 14
The iconic Angus Barn and its Foundation of Hope open doors to the public for Artists for Hope two-day sale and show, inside the restaurant (1 – 8 pm on Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm on Monday). More details about the participating food crafters and artists can be found on the Facebook event page.
Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour – Nov. 12 & 13
The UNC TV show “NC Weekend” (original air date Oct. 27th) profiled a Carrboro metal sculptor, a painter and silk screener, and a porcelain artist in Chapel Hill, all artists participating in the 17th Annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Tour Studio. With more than 60 participating artists, it would be quite a challenge to fit them all in the one remaining weekend. So, review the brochure for those artists of interest to you, and plot your course (remembering to plan a stop for lunch and/or dinner along the way).
Sip ‘n Stroll at Cloer Family Vineyards – Nov. 18
Do wine and shopping pair well? You can make that determination first hand, at Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex. From 10 am to 5 pm, the vineyards will be open to shoppers to browse the twenty vendors, while enjoying a glass of wine (wine will also be available for purchase).
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – Nov. 19 & 20
The two-day semi-annual art walk’s holiday edition really cranks up the season in Durham. This year, more than 200 artists display wares in more than forty venues around downtown Durham (including Craftland at the Scrap Exchange’s new home near Golden Belt, opening Nov. 18 and continuing through Jan. 14). Shoppers can stroll from site to site (or catch a free ride on the Bull City Connector), catch live music performances at Motorco, the Armory and Durham Arts Council, or perhaps a roving street performer, and dine in any number of world-class restaurants. As it states on the website, this event is free, open to the public, and takes place “snow or shine.”
Designers Downtown Market – Nov. 19
If I had a serious crafting “habit”, Ornamentea would be my “enabler”. In fact, over Thanksgiving weekend, I could spend days at the special Thanksgiving weekend workshops, crafting ornaments and jewelry. Ornamentea is one of the sponsors of this outdoor market set in downtown Raleigh, on West Street. The Designers Downtown Market takes place five times a year, from spring through fall, and the last market (the holiday edition) for this year will be Nov. 19, 9 am to 3 pm (unless it rains, then it moves to the following day, Nov. 20). Last year, I was very tempted to pick up one of these knit hats…
… but they only came in kid’s sizes. 😦 Just as well, I suppose. I found a glass dish from Melsie Glass that was perfect for the bar in my sister’s kitchen. This year, I have a new nephew to spoil, so that owl cap just might be coming home with me.
Coincidentally (or purposely perhaps), the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade kicks off around the same start time, this same day. And if that event isn’t enough to entice you to visit Raleigh, how about joining in the celebration of the grand re-opening of Pullen Park. Kids will love the carousel and the train, and you might enjoy the new cafe, Pullen Place. Make it a craft fair-parade-carousel three-fer day in downtown Raleigh.
Brand Fandango X at Design Box – Dec. 2
Starting on December’s First Friday, and continuing through the month, Raleigh’s DesignBox hosts its tenth Brand Fandango, a showcase for local arts, crafts and brands. Details should be available shortly regarding this year’s vendors. Check the Design Box website for updates, to plan your December First Friday activities accordingly.
ELF Fair at The ArtsCenter – Dec. 3
Once again, ELF Fair returns to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and promises to be as funky fun as ever, with food and beverages, live music, old holiday movies, and Santa and his elves. Be sure to check the website blog link for updates on this year’s participating crafters, or see what you may have missed last year.
33rd Annual Christmas Craft Show at Daniel Boone Village – Dec. 4
Bring the kids out to the Big Barn in Daniel Boone Village to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, while browsing dozens of craft vendors at this annual Hillsborough event. Non-perishable food donations will be collected for OCIM too, so bring along a couple of items to donate.
The Rock & Shop Market – Dec. 17
Here are the details: 100+ designers, a fashion show, music from Phil Cook and His Feat, as well as The Small Ponds, and you know there will be food trucks aplenty. The Rock & Shop Market is returning to Motorco, Fullsteam and the Trotter Building for a repeat “block party” shopping event (admission is $5) beginning at noon and continuing to 6 pm. The mid December timing for this event might make that last-minute gift shopping a bit less tiresome, and surely will be a heck of a lot more fun!
That’s more than enough craftiness to carry us through the year, don’t ya think? I hope you find yourself at just one of these events, and that you find the perfect present, a hand-crafted treasure from your community.