Events + Markets

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

December 4, 2010

I’ve been hearing about so many amazing fairs and events all over the world and while it’s impossible to round them all up, I want to highlight some lovely ones both online and off that you may be interested in checking out. So without further ado, here is where I am shopping… or at least in spirit… what about you? See any you love? Going to any this weekend or in the weeks to come? Share! Share! Share! But me first! :)

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Ammiki – A curated art and design site for independent artists – like a blog only gallery style.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Papernstitch – So many lovely finds!

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Poppytalk Handmade Market online.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Blue Caravan ethical design market.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Indie Handmade, also online and lovely.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

DaWanda based in Berlin with artists and designers from all over Europe and beyond, Made It online handmade market based in Australia, Indie Fixx Galleria, Etsy (of course!), Georgie Love out of Australia, Bonanza (formerly called 1000 Markets), Leeloo, Indie, Coriandr, Folksy, Felt in New Zealand, Folksy in the UK, Breslo in Romania, Signerat in Sweden, Artfire.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Renegade Handmade online shop AND in person craft markets in Chicago this weekend, in LA December 11 + 12 and in San Francisco on December 18 + 19.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney this weekend…

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

In Sydney, Mathilda’s Market for kid’s on December 5th. In Hamburg, Germany this weekend is the Holy Shit Shopping event, then it hits Berlin December 11 and 12 and finally Stuttgart on December 18 and 19. Now until December 24th in Boston you can check out the Boston Handmade Downtown Holiday Gallery. Also in Boston on December 11 and 12 is the annual SOWA Holiday Market.

In my city, Hannover, the lovely Sandra is hosting Designachten on December 18 + 19 – I’ll be there for sure! I’m so happy to see a handmade market like Sandra’s here in Hannover. Woot woot!

Do you know of any other online markets or local events that you’d like to promote as a shopping source for all things handmade this month? Please do so in the comments section below. Thank you!

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  • Reply jen@bluecaravan December 4, 2010 at 1:46 am

    What a gorgeous collection of handmade lovelies, and a big thank you for the mention! jx

  • Reply Victory Garden Yarn December 4, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I’m IN Renegade SF this year so I will definitely be taking a little bit of time out of my work day to shop around the other amazing booths…I’m SO excited!

    And this weekend in Seattle is Urban Craft Uprising, another GREAT Indie Craft Fair! I’ve attended as a customer every year and this is my first as a vendor, so I’m so excited to be on the other side of the table this time. It’s a really amazing fair!

  • Reply Nix December 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I will definitely be using Etsy as a gift seeking method. I have a fine art shop and a jewelry shop on Etsy and think it is a great Handmade Collective!

    There are some treats there! I really enjoy the butterfly necklace.

    Thank you for the great new places to look!


  • Reply Emily@theNest December 4, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Ahhh!!!! I could see my credit card wincing as I read that post!! What a fantastic list of handmade gorgeousness, didn’t know most of them existed! Thank you Holly! (hope you are warm and not experiencing serious snow and ice like us here!!)

  • Reply JustJaynes December 4, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Etsy of course! I’m on the West Michigan team and I buy a lot of my handmade gifts locally.

  • Reply janis - pinecone camp December 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

    There are so many fabulous things and amazing artists and crafters out there! I plan to buy a few handmade creations for gifts this year, as I usually do.

  • Reply jenn December 4, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I’ve already hit a number of sellers on Etsy for gifts! This is an awesome round of other other independents — book marking for gifts all year round. Thanks! :)

  • Reply Tricia December 4, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I love the butterfly brooch, I’m trying to figure out who I could give this to (besides myself,lol).

    And, I’m still cry-laughing at the “Holy Shit Shopping” event in Germany. I could NOT have said it better myself!!

    All of this inspires me to throw an art event in my own community. I mean since no one else has I might as well, right?!

  • Reply Jennifer December 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I’ll be at the BUST Craftacular in New York next weekend and this weekend I’ll be at Merry Mart in Baltimore! Wonderful events to buy handmade!

  • Reply Simone@Ammiki December 4, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Some lovely sites on show and some new ones I have not heard of.

    Thank you so much for the mention :)

  • Reply ellen ikemoto December 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    christmas is my favorite time of year! …i think i must have been a “gift-wrapper” in a previous life :D

    this is so cool to see sites i hadn’t seen before…talk about a kid in a candystore… BUT my favorite is Ammiki …a visual daydream of artful crafts & design…there is a dream-like quality about it all.

  • Reply S December 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I have shopped here .
    and I am also looking on Etsy.

    There is the WeMakeLondon Christmas Fair on today as well, which I think you haven’t mentioned at The Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road between 11am and 5pm

  • Reply Melissa@WhimsyPics December 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    What a wonderful surprise to see my vintage inspired bird tags on this fabulous blog! Thanks for including such wonderful indie gift ideas – I’m so glad I found you! :)

  • Reply Sylee December 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    There’s a wonderful Dawanda-sponsored event on in Berlin next weekend I’m looking forward to:

    A few other design or handmade-themed Christmas markets in Berlin are:


    Create Berlin Weihnachtsshopping:

    & the Wicket Weihnachtsmarkt:

    Happy handmade shopping!

  • Reply Jen Wallace December 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for including the Indie Fixx Holiday Galleria in your round-up. xoxo

    • Reply decor8 December 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      @Jen – Of course Jen, you’re welcome!

  • Reply brittni: papernstitch December 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Holly for including papernstitch in you handmade shopping roundup. What a treat!

    • Reply decor8 December 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      @Brittni – You’re welcome Brittni! :) And thanks for your super sweet email, too. :)

  • Reply jan December 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Poppytalk Handmade, Holly! Sweet of you!

    • Reply decor8 December 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      @Jan – You’re welcome Jan!

  • Reply Steph Bond @ Bondville December 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Off to Mathilda’s today! How great that 6 of the markets above are Australian. For other Aussies my friend Kim has a huge list of markets listed conveniently in the sidebar of her blog Udessi. Dodge the malls! xxx

  • Reply EmilyPasha December 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the great tip. I headed out to the Holy.Shit.Shopping market this evening in Hamburg. It was so refreshing to see bright new ideas and the hands that make them! It’s most definitely ’empfehlenswert’. I even got a few people crossed off my Christmas list.
    Thanks and all the best,
    Emily aus Ahrensburg

  • Reply katka December 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I have two more sites for you: in Slovakia, and in the Czech Republic.
    Enjoy :)

  • Reply Jillian December 5, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I’m shopping handmade both from my Etsy favorites list and locally in Des Moines. There’s a great little shop in the East Village here called Domestic ( that carries goods from so many of my favorite Etsy sellers. It’s so cool to walk in there and see things in person that I’ve been coveting online for months. Shopped there today and got a couple great gifts!

  • Reply gretchenmist/belinda December 5, 2010 at 4:25 am

    so much good shopping to be had!! is a lovely new one

    and i just bought some beautiful necklaces from

    have a great weekend :)

  • Reply Sarah December 5, 2010 at 4:39 am

    For people in Victoria, Australia, the Daylesford Makers Market is having a special Twilight Market on Saturday, December 18 from 4-10pm at the Daylesford Town Hall. We are raising funds for the local food bank, and also expecting a visit from Father Christmas. We will have lots of stalls with some regular sellers and some newer people, selling amazing handmade jewellery, kids’ clothing, artworks, accessories and more. Such a great market!
    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply kaylovesvintage December 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I also like

  • Reply Andy Thorpe December 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I am doing my handmade shopping in rural Newport, New Hampshire at the Library Arts Center’s ( annual Gallery of Gifts. Not only can I support local crafters a portion of the proceeds goes back to support the gallery and studio programs. A bonus is that my daughter Salty/Oat ( is part of the show too!

  • Reply Handz December 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    What a great items! Wish i finished my posters for etsy sooner.

  • Reply Marissa June December 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for this! I’m all over Etsy, all the time! Despite my affinity for all things crafted by someone’s creative hands, I choose Etsy regularly because often it’s more economical than buying mass produced goods in stores, despite the general consensus to the contrary. Just recently an Etsy seller agreed to tackle a custom request that I sent her out of the blue — she quoted me about 40% less than what similar items were retailing for, even though I’m getting an item that’s tailored to my every picky demand and HANDMADE! (Of course, I fully intend to to kick in more than what she’s charging me.)

    IN ANY CASE, what I meant to say is that today (Dec. 5) is the last day of Toronto’s One of a Kind show. Always spectacular.

  • Reply Jule December 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Hey…there´s also one in Cologne 18+19. Dec. The Superwheinachtsmarkt. I´m looking forward to see all of you…

  • Reply Jule December 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm

  • Reply Gila (11m2) December 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Woohoo for Holy Shit Shopping! :) I am currently flat out on my couch, no voice, feet are killing me… but had a great two days here in Hamburg at the market. So much fun and amaaaaazing artists and crafters!

    I think I am done with Xmas shopping now. Will also make some things myself… friends, dad, and other friends will get handpainted bird feeding houses; unfortunately no time to also build them myself. Mom requested one of my large Bundeseigentum bags. Best friend is pregnant, so a whole load of baby-related stuff. Some made myself, some I got today at “Mein Spatz”. And a beautiful pillow from that I am probably keeping for myself. And a note book from Frau Liebe that I am also keeping. :) Only ones I am still unsure about are my brother and SIL; though if one of my leather bags doesn’t sell before Xmas, I know Isabell is craving that particular one.

    There will be another market in Hamburg on the 18th/ 19th: Looking forward to that, though it means I am missing the Hannover one. Hope you have a great time there!

    Hugs from Hamburg,

    • Reply decor8 December 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      @Gila – Hi!!! Please don’t miss the Hannover market – we’d love to have you here!!!

  • Reply notabilia December 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Etsy. Etsy. Etsy. I just posted about local artists in Singapore the other day.

  • Reply winter December 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Wow! Such a great article! Now I have hours of on line shopping to do!

  • Reply amy December 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    hey holly – i also really like – it’s an online indie marketplace based here in vancouver. loved this roundup – and that owl calendar in the other post – wonderful!!

    hope your weekend was great :)

  • Reply Claudia December 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Ha! i did my own handmade roundup but I didn’t know about Blue Caravan so thanks! Yay for handmade!!! I already have several things on my handmade gift list! xocc

  • Reply Gila (11m2) December 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Next year, Holly. :) Didn’t know about Hannover until too late, since I am already booked at DesignGift. Which means I can’t even come and visit… stuck behind my DesignGift table, freeeezing to death (again) in Hamburg Schanzenviertel. I have no clue how people survice at real Xmas markets… like Santa Pauli. Out in the cold for a whole 4 weeks, every day… two days was already all I could take.

    But next year, I want to do Hello Handmade, Holy Shit Hamburg and possibly Cologne, and Designachten in Hannover.

  • Reply theaxx December 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    We were at finders keepers!! yay! It was fun ;)


  • Reply Jaclyn December 7, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Another amazing Australian event is Magnolia Square – this weekend’s past market in Melbourne was stunning!

  • Reply Sandy Dumais December 7, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Thanks so much for including my beaver onesie in the Blue Caravan collection! I just discovered this awesome website and started selling on it.

    What a whole lot of awesome info in this article and the comments — keep it coming!


  • Reply Bieb December 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Wow Holly, lots of new addresses to have a look at, thanx!
    A great local market here in Amsterdam this sunday december 12th is the
    more than 140 stands, great craftmanship, organic goodies made with love and just to glance at the public who comes there, already makes your day! So creative! I will be selling my goodies there, but just looking at the visitors makes my day..; )
    Shouldn’ t we organize a world-handmade-day…? There’s so much talent world wide….handmade http://www….

  • Reply Heather December 8, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Thanks so much for all the great indie/handmade shopping resources Holly! I love discovering new resources for handmade goodies. As always… You’re the best!

  • Reply Leigha December 9, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Love this post! There is a handmade market in Portland, Oregon this weekend:

    It seriously is a wonderland of gorgeousness!


  • Reply Rachel Follett December 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Great post! I would also suggest Lovely Clusters!

    • Reply decor8 December 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

      @Rachel – I AM SO SORRY that I didn’t include you, I had that feeling that I was missing someone important… please forgive me!


  • Reply Jessica B. December 19, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Hey Holly! Just had to say thanks for including indie handmade in your fabulous roundup of places to shop. Makes me wish we could just have 1 world fair of handmade awesomeness in one physical place. (I think I might explode of sheer happiness if that ever happened.)

    But until that day arrives, I think we’ll all keep checking the online spots out, in addition to all the fabulous shops you introduce us to with your blog.

  • Reply dimesso June 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Hello Everybody! Thanks for this collection of handmade shops!
    There is a handmade market in every month in Budapest(Hungary):

  • Reply Kitten Cups June 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    There’s a Finnish site called Madeby

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