Festive fairs

Last weekend I went to my first Circle Craft Christmas Market after missing the boat too many years in a row. It was by far the most glam and polished Christmas craft fair I have set foot in, other than maybe the Toronto One of a Kind show. No grandma knits or gingerbread man to be found at the Convention Centre! In fact I got the impression that most women were shopping for themselves rather than playing Santa’s little elves. The steep price tags also didn’t add much to the festive atmosphere. But don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t all Scrooge: I did watch a glass blowing demo put on by Totally Amazing Glass, which prompted me to pick up a Vancouver rain drop ornament by artist Malcolm MacFadyen. I had to pull my hand away from trying on some single wing necklaces by Vancouver designer Jessie Turner, and I regret helicoptering around Victoria’s family-run Coastal Prezence booth so many times without picking up a delicate red seaweed print. Circle Craft is just the beginning though, and I have a feeling there will be more to wet my whistle at the smaller, homier markets popping up in the next few weeks:

♦ Under the Big Top Etsy Sale: November 21, Cambrian Welsh Hall. 30 of Etsy’s best from the Vancouver region.

Make It!: November 20-22, Croation Cultural Centre.

Toque: November 27-28, Western Front. A good chunk of the Got Craft? kids will be here showcasing their wares, including Track & Field Designs.

Portobello West Holiday Market: November 28-29 & December 12-13, Rocky Mountaineer Station.

♦ Got Craft?: December 6,  Legion Hall (Commercial). Some of my favourite local designers will be on hand: BuenoStyle, Cabin + Cub, A Farmers Daughter.

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3 Responses to Festive fairs

  1. Veronica says:

    Nice! I’m sending this to Joel. We had a long conversation about his love affair with crafts fairs this weekend on Galliano.

  2. Joel says:

    Yeah, I went to the One of a Kind show here in Van last year, and it wasn’t at all what I expected: too ritzy and pricey for me.

    Thanks for the list! The Etsy Sale sounds awesome. Here are a couple more for consideration:

    Russian Bazaar: November 21, 11-5pm, Russian Community Centre (2114 W 4th).

    Craftacular! November 22, 11-4pm, Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th at Main).

  3. thedandizette says:

    Thanks Joel! There are definitely going to be some fun studio shows and markets this weekend with the Eastside Culture Crawl happening. There is a “Fab Fair” going on at Heritage Hall too. So many crafty people.

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