No Coast Craft-O-Rama – Local Craftmanship for Your Holiday Shopping

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Now-in-its-ninth-yearNo Coast Craft-o-Rama Holiday Sale
Midtown Global Market
Lake Street East at Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Friday, December 6, 3-8pm & Saturday, December 7, 9am-5pm

Several years ago a group of local crafters and artists joined together to create Crafters Local 612, a nonprofit organizaiton ith a goal of promoting local arts and craafts and providing opportunities for these artists to share their crafts with the public.  They do this with the No Coast Craft-o-rama (NCCOR), an event that features designers, artists, crafters and other talented creators of unique handmade goods.  There are several NCCOR events each year; the next is at Midtown Global Market on Friday and Saturday.

 There will be about 100 Artists at this event as well as the over 40 usual vendors at Midtown Global Market.  It could be a great place to do all your Christmas shopping in one stop.

If you have the time, looking through the various artists websites is inspiring.  My favorites are:

Screenprint Dollsscreenprint dollsBeckamade

Artist Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem creates from Grand Forks, North Dakotawhere she co-runs the non-profit art gallery, Third Street Gallery while raising her  little girls Lola and Ruby.  Uglem specializes in Midcentury style and screenprinting.  I chose to feature Beckamade because she makes these adorable screenprint dolls that remind me of my first sewing projects.  If you can’t make the sale this weekend, she sells them on Etsy in sets of 2 for $20.00 or you can reach her by email at  (Image Credit: Beckamade)

r3Glitter Workshop

I am in love with the toys from the Glitter Workshop.  There are dolls and food items, but my favorites are hte little mushrooms.  But Artist Naomi Richardson doesn’t just knit, she also makes treasures out of a variety of everyday objects.  Besides some pretty cute toys for your kids, you can pick up some jewelry for yourself and even a retro rag rug for your home. (Image Credit: Glitter Workshop)

I know I said this three paragraphs back, but all the artists at this show are pretty inspiriting.  You could get some pretty cool Pinterest pins running through their websites.

Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters – co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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