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Shop Local: Craft Fairs and Holiday Markets in Brooklyn

November 29, 2011

With all of the craziness that comes with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and deals flooding our inboxs, we are so happy that Brooklyn offers a bit of calm from the sea of commercialism. Thanks to local holiday fairs and markets, you can buy handmade gifts like pottery, jewelry, clothing and toys without the hassle and even enjoy delicious food and fantastic company as you can even meet with the designers and artisans themselves. These markets are also fantastic for kids as they can see Santa and taste delicious food. Check out some of our top picks for a season of buying local this holiday season.

Now- Every weekend through December 17 & 18
Saturdays from 1 to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 6 pm
ArtsCetera’s Indie Artisan Market
You will find local artisans selling custom and handcrafted stationery, cards, party products, body care products, lotions, natural scrubs and much more. Details: Smith Street between Baltic & Butler; Cobble Hill. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Christmas Fair

This fun fair will include handmade ornaments, decorations raffles and pix with Santa.
Details: St. Mary’s Couri Hall, 8005 Ridge Blvd. at 81st Street. (718) 238-8008

December 3rd and December 10th from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Clayfest Studio Tour and Craft Fair
This holiday fair is a part of the NYC Clayfest Studio Tour. There will be over 20 Brooklyn ceramic artists participating displaying their handmade ceramic gifts, functional pottery, sculpture, mobiles, jewelry and home décor. There will be also be hot cider, wine, cheese and sweets on-hand. Details: Clayworks on Columbia, a not-for-profit ceramic studio, gallery and education center, 195 Columbia Street (Sackett and Degraw), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, December 2nd (3pm – 7pm) and Saturday, December 3rd (1pm – 5pm)
International School of Brooklyn Book Fair
The International School of Brooklyn will be hosting their 7th Annual Book Fair this weekend where children’s books will be sold in Spanish and French. In addition, there will also be a poetry slam where students from ISB and other Brooklyn schools will recite poems in French, Spanish, and English. Talk about a trifecta! Their past book fairs have been awesome and this one promises to be just as great!
Details: International School of Brooklyn. 477 Court Street (at Nelson).

December 4th from 4pm-8pm and December 5 from 10:30 to 5:00pm
Brooklyn Friends School Winter Craft Fair
This local event will include 40 local vendors as well as a book fair, carnival rides, games, cupcake decorating and craft making. There will also be delicious food and desserts. Details: 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, December 4th from 10am – 2pm
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool Book Fair
Here’s your chance to warm up with yummy baked treats, connect with old and new friends, enjoy activities, and a diverse selection of books! There will also be Author book readings and signings, games, and… raffles! Yippie!
Details: All are welcome. Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool. 131 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry Streets).

Sunday, December 4th from 11am – 4pm
Eat, Pie, and Shop at P.S. 29
Join Half Pint Citizens at PS 29 for their annual Pie Social. There will be delicious home-baked and professional pies, pie contests featuring Top Chef celebrity judge panel, fun children’s activities, and wonderful Holiday shopping from local artists and vendors. What’s even more delicious? The money earned will be donated back to PS 29! Now that’s what I can sweet!
Details: PS 29. (425 Henry Street)

December 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social
This fun holiday fair will include local bakers – both amateurs and professionals – supplying a huge variety of pies. Kids and adults can also try some tasty treats from Shake Shack and grilled cheese sandwiches from Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. There will also be a pie competition with judges from Food and Wine magazine and Top Chef. The gift fair will include more than 20 local artisans, craftspeople and merchants selling handmade jewelry, clothing from Dumbo’s Half Pint Citizens and handmade toys from Fork + Pencil. Details: PS29, 425 Henry Street. For additional information, please click here.

Plymouth Holiday Bazaar
Dec 5th and 6th from 8:30 to 3:30
This market features some of my favorite local Brooklyn vendors from clothes to bags to skin care. Send someone to the moon this holiday with a box of One Girl Cookies moon pies, snatch up a book by Lotta Jansdotter (her books sell at Purl Soho), get a facial or peruse unique clothes and more.  Details: Plymouth School at Hicks Street at Orange.

December 11th – December 16th from 11:00am -7:00pm (weekdays) and 12:00pm – 5:00pm (weekends)
NY Creates Craft Fair
The NY Creates Holiday Craft Festival is free and features one-of-a-kind crafts like ceramics, jewelry, apparel, plush toys, organic cosmetics, glass works, photo art and home goods. Details: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

December 12th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
3rd Ward’s Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
The 5th Annual 3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair will feature unique and handmade items for everyone on your wish list. Vendors will be selling jewelry, bags, housewares, paper goods, toys, clothing, winter essentials, culinary treats, and much more! There will also be a DJ, seasonal cocktails, live music and food. RSVP at 3rdward.com/rsvp. Details: 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

December 16th – 21st from 11:00am – 7:00pm
Dumbo Art Centre and its Holiday Pop-Up Sale

This fun fair will include AlMar Cafe, Talas,Charles Homet and Terrance LeRay. Additionally, 50% of sales benefit DAC and the creation of new art and 50% of sales benefit the participating artists! Details: Dumbo Arts Center, 111 Front St. #212, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information:

December 17th and 18th from 11:00am-7:00pm
The 4th Annual  Lyceum Holiday Marketplace
A day of theater and shopping, The Brooklyn Lyceum welcomes back its Holiday Marketplace featuring artisans and creative wares. Some items on sale include soaps, books, silk-screened goods, hats, kid’s clothing, bags, jewelry, fine art and delicious food. Details: Brooklyn Lyceum. 227 4th Avenue, Corner of President Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

December 17th and December 18th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Brooklyn Craft Central’s 4th Annual Holiday Market
This craft fair features 65 juried artists and crafters, food trucks such as Brooklyn Brine, Chocolate Swirl, Jam Stand, Sour Puss Pickles, Macaron Parlour, Granola Lab, Bum Bars, Jenni’s Cookies, The Chibi Chef and Rescue Chocolates and drinks including weekend-long market specials. Details: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.