I love it when the holidays are fast approaching. What I find really fun are all the holiday events and festivities that occur. Of course, with so many events it is often hard to choose which to attend. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of country kitsch, cross-stitch, or anything smacking of cheap materials. I’ve decided to compile a list of a few of my favorite arts and crafts bazaars, fairs and shopping events to help keep track of some great ideas for gift shopping (and some eye candy!) that have a few crafters and artists doing something special or shows that have tons to things to choose from. In addition, many of these are fundraising events or benefits so they offer the opportunity to be slightly charitable!
November 6th (preview night) and November 7th
Mrs. Claus’ Closet at Wagner’s Counrty Place in Westlake
This fundraiser for The Gathering Place is now in it’s 37th year. It’s a fine arts and crafts show with over 130 artists. If you want a sneak preview attend the wine and cheese event on November 6th for $25, if not regular admission is $5 on November 7th.
November 10th & 11th
Heartfelt Holiday @ Brecksville Center for the Arts
This shopping event is billed as an “upscale marketplace” and boasts over 50 artists in boutique settings, selling jewelry, pottery, home decor and gift items and more.
Autumn Harvest of Fine Arts and Crafts at Rocky River Memorial Hall
A benefit for Women’s Alliance for Recovery Services, this show includes lots of one-of-a-kind items, accessories and gift items.
Gifts from the Heart Holiday Boutique @ the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven
This event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds from the door entry fee and basket raffle benefit the Drew’s beads program at the Cleveland Clinic. Furthermore this show does not allow any manufactures representatives, but instead tries to have a well-balanced presentation of handmade items.
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