Yesterday I counted how many weekends we have left until Christmas. We have EIGHT!!! That’s it. Eight weekends to prepare for company. Eight weekends to find the Christmas stuff that never really found a home last year (and less than that to figure out where we will fit a tree). We also have eight weekends to shop. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to shop locally and creatively and we’re going to try to feature some.
I like craft fairs. They are so much more fun than a shopping center. I love the idea of taking my Christmas budget and spending it locally, getting something unique and having a good time while I shop. So often the modern shopping experience is just exhausting.
Lake Nokomis Community Center invites you to start out your Christmas shopping at the Nokomis Urban Craft Fair on Saturday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides more than 30 vendors, there will also be baked goods for sale and FREE COFFEE!
Below are some of my favorite offerings:
Arty Didact has fun games and hand knit toys. I love the idea of turning small tins into traveling toys. Below are two of the offerings — a tin of small toys to spur imagination or story telling (this is for the older child who doesn’t mouth everything they see) and a dice game. Both could fit in your purse for emergency boredom situations.
I absolutely adore this Dr. Who scarf from Geekiana. It’s only $20.00. Honestly, I see scarves at thrift stores for five dollars and similar scarves with no design run $15 at Target. This is an awesome deal and a perfect Secret Santa gift for the office. Geekiana is also on Etsy.
These gingko leaf earrings by Larissa Loden are another $20.00 offering. She has some beautiful jewelry, including vintage map lockets and earrings in the shape of cicadas and bees. What are the chances that someone else will get your mom cicada earrings, too?
Who doesn’t need a furry monster coin purse? Trigo is another artist who will be selling crafts at the fair on Saturday. They offer a whole line of monster purses.