5 fantastic fall craft markets in Vancouver to shop local this season

eastside flea market

Image courtesy of Eastside Flea

Now that the holidays are officially on the horizon (goodbye, sweet summer), it’s time to start getting into the shopping spirit.

Remember last year, when you were doing all of your holiday shopping the night before, sweating in your heavy coat as the harsh fluorescent lights and crowds pushed you to your limits and your hopefully optimistic remark: “Next year, I’ll start my shopping early!” 

Now’s your chance to get all of your holiday shopping out of the way with the upcoming surge of craft markets in Vancouver! We’ve got five fantastic fall markets quickly approaching, filled with locally-made crafts that are the perfect hostess/host gift, stocking stuffer, holiday gift, or maybe just something special for yourself.

Check out these 5 upcoming craft markets around town for some amazingly unique gifts that support local artists and craft makers!

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5 fantastic fall craft markets in Vancouver to shop local this season

9 Essential Things to Pack for Spring in Vancouver

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The weather is warmer, the blossoms are out. But there’s always a chance of rain — Vancouver is, after all, in a rainforest. Every Vancouverite knows it’s important to have the essentials and we want you to be prepared, too! Here’s what you need to pack for a spring visit to Vancouver:

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9 Essential Things to Pack for Spring in Vancouver

Locally Made, Body-Positive, Gender-Inclusive Undergarments: Get Them in Vancouver

Credit: Kay Ho Photography

By Kendell Yan

Feeling confident in your own skin can be an overwhelming challenge that marginalized bodies struggle with on a daily basis, especially when it’s so hard to find affordable clothing that fits well AND makes us feel good. Enter Tina Ozols, founder and sole producer of Oona Clothing in Vancouver’s Eastside, a company that aims to clothe all bodies with sustainability and affordability.

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Locally Made, Body-Positive, Gender-Inclusive Undergarments: Get Them in Vancouver

5 Diverse Reads by Vancouver Authors

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

By Rachel Rosenberg

The air is cold, the mountains are snow-capped, and if you are like me, this is the best time of year to find new reads to cuddle up by the fake Netflix fire (or a real one, sure). I want to offer you 5 suggestions for brilliant books by Vancouver authors, all of whom tell their incredible stories from marginalized perspectives. These all came out in the last year, so you should have no problem finding yourself a copy at any local Vancouver bookstore.

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5 Diverse Reads by Vancouver Authors

6 Cool Craft Markets to buy Unique, locally-made presents for loved ones (or yourself!)

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Image from the Eastside Flea Market (old location)

Who’s with me – there is nothing more exhausting than spending hours shopping at a mall. The endless Christmas carols, the crowds, the extra bright fluorescent lighting…

If you’re looking for an alternative shopping adventure for your holiday gifts this year, there is no shortage of options. Whether you’re on the hunt for handmade treats, one-of-a-kind trinkets, or a gift for that one person on your list who already has everything… craft markets are a saviour in the seemingly endless task of holiday shopping.

Grab a friend (or two) and check out some of these excellent craft markets in Vancouver. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list (and maybe even a few surprises for yourself!)

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6 Cool Craft Markets to buy Unique, locally-made presents for loved ones (or yourself!)

The Legendary Emily Carr Student Art Sale Returns, Nov. 23 – Nov. 25

Emily Carr Student Art Sale

Image courtesy of Emily Carr University

The Emily Carr University of Art and Design is a hotbed for local, artistic talent. If your walls have been looking a little bare lately, or you’re interested in checking out what the latest crop of artists is working on these days, the 45th annual Legendary student art sale is the event for you.

The Emily Carr art sale is one of of Vancouver’s most highly anticipated seasonal sales (seriously), with people lining out the door on opening day to scoop up one-of-a-kind art made by Emily Carr students.

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The Legendary Emily Carr Student Art Sale Returns, Nov. 23 – Nov. 25

Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores

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I don’t know about you, but shopping is one of my favourite pastimes! There’s nothing like strolling Vancouver in search of the best vintage finds to relax and unwind. Rather than sporting similar looks from the high-street as everyone else, vintage stores open the doors to unique styles. So, if you’re new to Vancouver or returning, keep on reading to find out where to get your hands on effortlessly cool vintage pieces.

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Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores