Craft fairs are some of my favorite places to shop for gifts, and in the holiday season there are MANY in the New York area that host a fantastic selection of unique and handmade objects. This is not a comprehensive list but they are some of my favorite ones to get you started:
Holiday Pop-Up Artists & Fleas at the Chelsea Market. Beginning on December 15th, Artists & Fleas brings the best of Brooklyn to the heart of Chelsea with a 2-week long holiday pop-up store at the Chelsea Market.
Location: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets), New York, NY 10011
Dates and times: Previews Thursday, December 15th from 12pm-8pm
Open Friday, December 16th-December 31st from 10am-8pm
CLOSED Sunday, December 25th with abbreviated hours on Saturday, December 24th (10am-5pm) and December 31st (10am-5pm)
BUST magazine and ETSY have teamed up to create the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2011, a juried craft fair with over 200 vendors.
Location: 82 Mercer St. between Broome and Spring, New York, NY
Dates and times: December10th and 11th, 2011. Saturday: 11am - 8pm; Sunday: 11am - 7pm
Bonus: They will give out 300 goody bags to early bird shoppers.
The Degenerate Craft Fair will be back again with their selection of over 75 artists and designers selling their creations (usually under $50).
Location: at 159 Bleecker Street.
Dates and times: December 10th, 12pm-9pm, and December 11th 12pm-6pm
Bonus: The opening night (December 10th) there will be music and free beer, and on December 11th, the first 50 visitors will receive a tote bag full of goods!
3rd Ward, will be hosting its fifth annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair . Vendors will be selling an array of handmade goods including jewelry, bags, house wares, paper goods, toys, clothing, winter essentials and culinary treats. They will also have dancing and cocktails!
Location: 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
Dates and times: Saturday, December 10th 12-6pm
Bonus: The first 300 guests will receive limited-edition 3rd Ward tote bags filled with swag.
Artists and Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar , Artists and Fleas, a lively market that sets up every weekend in Williamsburg and has done for almost a decade, has created an additional market location for the holidays to expand the already large selection of goodies.
Location: 70 north 7th street (Between Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn, NY 11211
Additional Location: North 7th Street & Wythe Avenue.
Special holiday dates and times: December 23, 12-7pm, December 24 10-5pm, December 31 10-7pm, January 1, 2012 12-5pm.
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market, a juried show featuring 65 vendors total (different vendors will be present on each day of the fair) that will take place on the last weekend before Christmas. They will also have local artisanal food and drinks.
Location: Littlefield Art Space, 622 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Dates and times: December 17th and 18th, 12-6pm.
The Brooklyn Flea is always a great place to find interesting things, and for the Holidays they will be opening three additional days.
Location: 1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Fort Greene
Special holiday dates and times: Friday, December 16; Wednesday, December 21; and Thursday, December 22, from 2 to 9pm.
NY Creates Holiday Craft Festival , is organized by NYCreates, a nonprofit devoted to help people who make objects with their hands, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 28 Pierrepont Street (at Clinton Street) Brooklyn, New York 11201
Dates and times: Wednesday, December 7th - Sunday, December 11, 2011.
In Queens, the Astoria Market, based out of the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden will have special holiday market dates to sell their wares that include handmade, baked and vintage goods.
Special date and location: Saturday, December 10th at the Columbus Avenue Holiday pop up market, St. Paul's, Columbus Ave. between West 59th and 69th Streets. 11am-5:30pm.
Location: otherwise at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue; Astoria, NY
Dates and times: December 11th and 18th 12-6pm.
Image: Degenerate Art Fair via Flickr. Used with permission.