Last minute Christmas Craft Fair shopping guide

Thistle Town Toys @ Got Craft Photo Credit: [stu-di-o] by jeanie

Thistle Town Toys @ Got Craft   Photo Credit: [stu-di-o] by jeanie

Only 13 days until Christmas and I still need to shop for some of my loved ones, far and near. Methinks I’m not alone, judging from the wild-eyed, panicked looks I see on my fellow shoppers lately.

If you want to trade in the madness of the malls for the craziness of craft shows then you still have some time.

Whether you need to buy some jewels for your boo, some botanical body care items for your secret Santa at work or gourmet host-gifts for your Christmas party circuit, craft shows like Got Craft and Shiny Fuzzy Muddy have got you covered.

There are still a number of craft shows and sales taking place over the next two weekends from East Van to Abbotsford and points in between.
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Last minute Christmas Craft Fair shopping guide

Find Holiday Gifts at Vancouver’s Largest Indie Craft Fair, “Got Craft?” Dec. 8 – 9

Why shop the indie craftacular market? Because “mall” is a four letter word. If you need another reason, this week is also Vancouver’s first ever Buy Local Week.

The holiday edition of Got Craft?, Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, takes place December 8-9 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). The immensely popular Christmas shopping event features 80 talented, local vendors selling hundreds of great potential gifts that range from macarons and chocolates, to kids’ toys, beauty products, clothes and accessories. The unifying theme? Everything is handmade.

Vancouver has many craft fairs, to be sure. Got Craft? stands out from the pack with the care it applies to curating a balanced mix of vendors around a common theme. This time, the theme is the holidays.

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Find Holiday Gifts at Vancouver’s Largest Indie Craft Fair, “Got Craft?” Dec. 8 – 9

New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

New Portobello West designer Marian + Hazel. Photo credit: Marian + Hazel

It’s market season in Vancouver. Dana covered the recent Chinatown Night Market opening and the battle between the two Richmond Night Markets. I’ve blogged about the slew of Vancouver farmer’s markets openings in late May and early June.

Now it’s time for Portobello West Fashion + Art Market May 26 – 27,  featuring fresh, local talent in a variety of design forms from jewellery to art.

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New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27