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December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}

Shop Indie Boston! I really look forward to all the fun summer and winter craft events that spring up each year. Last season I selected the best of the best events happening in Boston + Providence and this year is no different, another round-up! And yes baby, I know it’s cold outside – but neither snow nor sleet prevents Boston locals from a few good sales. Here’s a quick view of events going on (starting tomorrow!) around town. Please feel free to print this handy guide so you’ll have it on you during the month. Have fun!

Not in New England? See the last paragraph of this post for a GREAT link just for you.


Crafts at the Castle
11/30, 10-8
12/1, 10-6
12/2, 10-5
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 900 Boylston St. (1st floor), Boston.
Rain or shine. $18.00 for adults. $15.00 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

Holiday Artisian Fair at The Eliot School
12/1, 11-5
The Eliot School, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain.
Free Admission.

NEW! Paper & Chocolate Event with Albertine Press & Taza Chocolate
12/2, 1-6
561 Windsor Street, Somerville.
Tastings, factory tours, letterpress demonstrations, artisan chocolates,
handmade books, holiday cards and more.

Celebrate Newton! Arts + Crafts Festival
12/2, 10-4
Newton South H.S., 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center.
Free Admission.

MassArt Annual Sale
12/3-8, 10-7
MassArt, Tower Building (lobby), 621 Huntington Ave. (corner of Huntington Ave. and Evans Way), Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Arsenal on the Charles Vendor Fair
12/4, 10-2
3 Kingsbury Avenue, Watertown.
Free Admission.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts December Sale
12/5-6, 12?8
12/7-9, 12?6
SMFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston.
Free Admission.

NEW! Design Nearby at the pinkcomma Gallery
12/7, 5-10
Pinkcomma, 81b Wareham Street (South End), Boston.

MIT Sloan Craft Fair (sorry no link)
12/7, 9-6
Lobby of the Tang Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (entrance on Wadsworth Street).

Fort Point Holiday Sale

12/7, 4-7
12/8-9, 11-5
Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston with additional studios open throughout the neighborhood.
Rain or shine. Free admission. Free Parking.
{NEW! They also have a brick and mortar holiday store open for the season on weekdays until 1/4/08.}

RISD Alumni Art Sale
12/8, 10-5
RI Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence.
Rain or shine. Admission is $7; children under 14 or current RISD students (with ID) get in free.

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 & 540 Harrison Ave.

Bazaar Bizarre
12/9, 12-5
Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts) at 539 Tremont Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $1.00 Admission.
{Tip: Arrive early for the best selection. The line wraps around the block and booths are known to sell out fast.}

UPDATE: This event will not take place this year. Sorry for any confusion! Wears + Wares Final Market of the Year
12/16, 11-5
Downtown Crossing on Summer Street in the lobby of 101 Arch, Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

Month Long Markets

Craftland Show
12/1-12/22 – daily
Wednesday 11-6, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-6.
235 Westminster Street, Providence.
Psst: There’s a meet the artists free event on December 13, 6-8 PM.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair

12/9-11, M-F 10-7, S 12-6, Su 11-7
12/16-18
12/20-24
First Parish Unitarian Church, on the corner of Mass Ave and Church in Harvard Square.
Free Admission.

Psst: Not in Boston or Providence and feeling a bit left out? No worries! For a complete list of indie markets taking place all over the world visit the Indie Craft Fair Guide. If you are a market owner, don’t forget to list your event on their website because I see this site as only growing and becoming THE source for indie markets in the future. I’m spreading the word the best that I can – it’s a great site – so tell all of your friends!

If I’ve missed a venue for Boston or Providence, please comment below with the scoop. Please share this with a friend by clicking the envelope icon below this post - spread the word – shop Indie. :)

(image from the SOWA website)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on November 29, 2007

Woonbeurs, Anyone?

Is anyone out there attending Woonbeurs this weekend in Amsterdam? I’m dying to see how it goes…


I was going to take the train over, but oma’s funeral is tomorrow and we’re having a big family dinner on Sunday so I’m staying here for the weekend. I’d love to hear about it, so if you blog it or have photos in flickr, please let me know! It looks like a lot of fun, with hands-on workshops, lectures, and lots of good displays for home decorating and design.

(image from woonbeurs)

Posted in events + markets on September 28, 2007

Three Potato Four

A thirst for vintage? Love a little old mixed in with the new? I was so excited to hear from Three Potato Four, I really appreciate that they took the time to write in about their online store. Especially since they offer fabulous vintage and new finds for (mostly) the home. Can that vintage pear jar be any sweeter?


Their selection is out of this world, the Zakka-esque products that have are so pretty, and the vintage finds, like the large vintage pulldown map (below), is simply the best. What a great way to add loads of color and interest to a wall if you rent and you’re limited by what you’re allowed to do in your space. Forget wallpaper and paint, this map stands alone. And it’s a fun conversation piece, guests like to look at maps and talk about where they’ve been. I love stories like that.

I recall seeing an image in a past issue of Domino magazine, a homeowner/designer had a map on an entire wall in her kitchen. I can still see her lovely face and the outfit she was wearing, and I know exactly what her place looked like (her bedroom was very green), but I can’t recall the issue or her name. Can anyone help me here? I’d love to show you because it’s a great example of how maps as a decorative touch really work! I had a massive world map on my wall when I had my own place (before getting married), I’d marked all the places visited in my lifetime and I also marked the top 5 destinations that I hoped to travel to someday. I think having a map around is a great reminder that we really are tiny specks on this planet and there is so much more out there – it’s quite humbling. I love globes as well, but you already know that about me from this post.


Aren’t these vintage circus mugs from Ireland so charming? Perfect for those with a mug collection. I wish Three Potato Four much success in their new shop, and thank you again for writing in!

Psst: They also carry plates by Snowden Flood.

(images from three potato four)

Posted in events + markets on September 20, 2007

Boston: SoWa Open Studios + Open Market – September 15-16

Psst: Don’t forget to head over to the South End Open Studios and the South End Open Market this weekend. Both are running on Saturday and Sunday, held in the SoWa (South of Washington Street) district. Lots to see. Learn more about the event here and have fun, Boston!


(image from se open studios)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on September 14, 2007

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