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