Thursday, November 10, 2011
Shop Dallas-Fort Worth holiday craft and gift markets
Local vendors sell handmade, vintage, and gift items.
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If like me, you spent part of the '80s and '90s being dragged to Coomers Craft Malls after school by Mom, then the thought of shopping for handmade items might bring on flashbacks of puff paint emblazoned T-shirt dresses and kitchen decor with geese in bonnets. Rest assured; these are not your mama's crafts.
By Flickr user steevithak
Several upcoming events offer chances to buy holiday presents without setting foot in a mall. And you won't have to take home anything covered in puff paint or geese -- unless you're shopping for a white elephant gift.
Besides the crafts and gifts themselves, another difference is the perks these events offer: fashion shows, goodie bags, cocktails, live music, pictures with Santa, children's activities, free child care, raffles, and giveaways.
- November 9-13:
- 'Neath the Wreath - The Junior League of Collin County's annual market has more than a hundred vendors.
- Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience - Funky Finds' free biannual shows are kid- and pet-friendly, feature only handmade items, and benefit Humane Society of North Texas.
- Holiday Magic - The Junior League of Arlington's three-day event includes a Friday night happy hour for adults and a Crepes with Santa party for kids.
- Celebration of Crafts - The Keller bazaar has a canned food drive benefiting Community Store House.
- November 16-20:
- Chi Omega Christmas Market - More than 175 merchants are expected at this annual gift sale that benefits local charities and collegiate scholarships.
- Jingle Bash - Etsy Dallas' show is always crowded because of its high-quality handmade crafts and desirable Bash Bags of freebies. This year, shoppers can pay $20 in advance to enter an hour before Jingle Bash opens to the public.
- Winter Art Mart - Bath House Cultural Center's event focuses on fine arts including jewelry and ceramics. This year, there's also the Art Mart Underground featuring "bohemian art," dining, entertainment, and more.
- Hope for the Holidays - Catholic Charities of Dallas benefits from this party with local vendors, food and drinks, and live entertainment.
- Merry Marketplace - You can take the kids to Frisco Women's League's sale. Sci-Tech Discovery Center will have craft projects, Frisco Arts will show holiday movies, and there will be child care.
- Christmas Crafts Fair - The City of Plano Parks and Recreation show has free admission and free parking.
- December 3:
- Wylie Arts Festival - Go for the fine art and handmade crafts, and stay for the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
- December 8-11:
- Christkindl German Holiday Market - Arlington honors its German sister city with an Old World-style bazaar with arts and crafts, holiday items, and European food, drinks, and entertainment.
- Etsy 817 Handmade Holidays - Etsy 817 and 817Arts Alliance's market will have arts, crafts, and vintage goods; live music; fashion shows; and -- full disclosure -- me.
- Christmas Art Show and Sale - Randy Brodnax and Friends bring arts and music to Sons of Hermann Hall.
- Holiday Art and Gift Show - Enjoy The Balcony Club's live music and drink specials while shopping wares by local artisans and designers.
- Holiday Mercantile - Oil and Cotton will have "original, handmade, repurposed, unique gifts" with proceeds benefiting its scholarship program. In addition, it will host the AIGA-DFW Creative Flea Market.
- Holiday on the Ridge - Local crafters, artists, and vendors will have booths at this free sale at Lewisville's Lake Pointe Shopping Center.
- Plano Mistletoe Market - In addition to sellers, the free show will have Cookies with Mrs. Claus and craft tables for the kids.
- White Rock Local Market Holiday Market - Besides the regular food vendors, there will be 50 arts and crafts booths and music by Fish Fry Bingo.
If your group is hosting a craft fair and we don't have it listed, please tell us in the comments section.
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