It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day

This year Bazaar Bizarre had TWO wonderful shows before the holidays. There is even better news however. There will finally be a winter show for you to find some wickedly cool arts and crafts and to beat the winter blahs.

The final show details aren’t public yet, but if you are an artist of crafter it’s time to apply.
Visit Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland to sign up for the Valentine’s Day Show.

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Bazaar Bizarre West 2009 – Don’t be a Boxhead

Get your head out of the big box store! (That’s old-school booooring shopping!)

Visit myself and plenty other artists for all your holiday shopping needs. There’s food, there’s fabulous ipod music, there’s fun (maybe Xan will even come walk on stilts again this year), and the people-watching is pretty good too.

All you need to know is it is the same location as last year: 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance (behind the building) — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St.

Saturday December 12th from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday December 13th from noon to 6:00 p.m.
There’s over 75 vendors making tons of unique items.

Bazaar Bizarre 2009- Don’t Trample the Artists

For the first time ever Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland is offering a Thanksgiving Weekend show beginning on Black Friday (You know, the day after Thanksgiving, when people go so nuts about holiday shopping they get up at 3 a.m. or earlier to hit crappy big box stores and traumatize the employees!)

Here’s the scoop on Bazaar Bizarre East:
12635 Larchmere (across from Vine & Bean) during the Larchmere Holiday Stroll. 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The show takes place November 27th and November 28th

Get up at a decent hour a day after stuffing yourself with bird, check out a ton of handmade items (50 vendors) and find something for everyone on your list. Just be sure not to get **too excited** so you don’t trample the artists in your shopping frenzy k’?

Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland Revisited: Some Photo Memories

Finally got around to taking a look at the photos I uploaded from the Cleveland Bazaar Bizarre.  So for your viewing pleasure without further adieu, here they are:

house-chistmas-tree-etc-155Shannon, Show organizer, wo-maning the Stitch Cleveland booth

house-chistmas-tree-etc-152Cleveland Handmade members Leah, Stacie, Erika and Rob

house-chistmas-tree-etc-159The lovely and charming Ramona. (Who is very talented!)

house-chistmas-tree-etc-154Gina DeSantis and her very cool ceramics

house-chistmas-tree-etc-157Amber, of Beautiful Era

house-chistmas-tree-etc-171Busy shoppers, and lots of unique items

Cleveland Bazaar Bizarre Spotlight

The holidays are fast approaching, and as they do comes the bevy of crowded mall sales, super crafty fairs with reindeer potholders and mail order catalogs three inches thick being delivered to your home.  It can get quite chaotic…and impersonal.

If you’d like to find a more personal gift, a unique gift, or a gift made with love there is an alternative to the frenzy or uninspiring.

Cleveland’s very own Bazaar Bizarre is approaching as fast as the holidays, and it’s chock full of regional artists this year who have done their very best to create items that are unique and creative. It the perfect opportunity to support your local economy by purchasing from an independent artists, and to give a gift this year with a personal touch. (Of course, you’ll be very tempted to pick something up for yourself too!)

I’ve selected a few artists to give you an idea as to the diversity and depth of items you might find.

FOR THE LITTLE ONES:

Be sure to visit Little Korboose where you can find organic (yea organic!) onesies for little tots with adorable designs created by April, the artist such as the Santa’s Helper Baby Deer onesie.  il_430xn43908394

Are your little ones excited for Santa’s arrival.  Start preparations by getting this Cookies for Santa plate.(A deal at only $15.00)il_430xn43906543

FOR YOUR GEARHEAD:

Got a gearhead in your life who already has all the tools and toolboxes he needs?  Garbella offers a funky Gear Scarf, made of super soft cotton with this fun metallic design.

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FOR YOUR CRAZY BROTHER OR SISTER:

What could be more festive than a totally toungue in cheek tee from Psycho Reindeer ? Each shirt seems to have been created with just the right amount of sarcastic wit for that smart “ahem” you know.

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FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR CO-WORKERS and YOU!

Several artist of Cleveland Handmade will be running a collective tabel at the bazaar offering you a one-stop shop with items such as mandala art (They’re gorgeously detailed! I own one), jewelry with victorian/gothic flair to modern pop!,  handmade glass and more.

il_430xn20437365Super Go Green Mandala, Playnature Productions

il_430xn36842037A Dapper Cat Gentlemen Necklace, by BeautifulEra

Ready for the best part?

It’s a FREE show!  There’s no admission charge.

This year the show returns to the building complex (and former home of 1300 Gallery) where it all began: 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St.

* Saturday December 13th from noon to 9:00 p.m.
* Sunday December 14th from noon to 6:00 p.m.