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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Last Minute Market Shopping

I wish us all great courage as we face the final weekend of holiday shopping! In addition to the big, traditional holiday markets at Union Square, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, and Grand Central, there are multiple indie markets that are in full swing this weekend.

The Makers Market at the Old American Can Factory

The Makers Market is has artisans and fine artists selling high quality handmade items.    Meow Meow Tweet sells great smelling natural handmade soaps.  ANgeLRoX Apparel has design for comfort, versatility and style, and I love the signature wings that emblazon the back pockets of their jeans and undies.  May Luk Ceramics will be there with fine, fun, useful and quirky ceramic plates, cups, vases and more.  I’ll bet the man who has everything doesn’t have a hand-stitched leather briefcase from MOS Atelier – and he definitely needs one.  If you missed getting a beautiful graphic T-shirt from Parable Ink at the Grand Central Holiday Market, you can catch up with them here. The Makers Market:  Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, in the garage.  Open this weekend Saturday and Sunday 11AM – 6PM.

Brooklyn Lyceum Holiday Craft Market

The Brooklyn Lyceum is hosting their two-day holiday craft market this weekend with almost 70 exhibitors.  Many of them will be there for just one of the days, so if you are tempted to visit this market on both days, go right ahead because you will find different things on both days.  There will be a DJ and plenty of  “crafty” food to keep you energized.   The event organizers have created wider aisles this year to make it more comfortable to wander and browse on the last shopping day of the weekend.  You can make it a day for the whole family with lunch at the Lyceum Café, now serving Inteligentsia Coffee, and a show at the Children’s Theater.

Brooklyn Lyceum:  Saturday and Sunday, December 19 – 20, 11A – 7 P

Our Lady of Pompeii Market on Bleecker Street

This is the last weekend for the flea market/artisan market on Bleecker Street sidewalk next to Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the Village (between Carmine and Leroy Streets).  You can find some great vintage hats and jewelry, as well as hand-knit hats and scarves, vintage Bakelite pieces, and much more.  The market will reopen in April when the weather warms up a bit.

Jingle Xmas Xtravaganza at Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market has a pretty much everything you will need for your holiday feasts, and it also hosts the Jingle Xmas Xtravaganza!  This market has 17 nice-sized boutiques, all selling unique designs and many beautiful gifts.  It is a happy market where you can chat with the designers about their work and the kinds of things you are seeking.  I am hoping for two farmers market posters by Yeehaw Industries, and maybe, if I’m lucky, their sign that says, “Carve That Possum.”  Elements/Jill Schwarz designs gorgeous “vintage groove” jewelry, picture frames and more.  For modern jewelry designs, stop by and see sterling silver and recycled coconut shell jewelry with semi-precious stones from Ayala Jewelry.  There is a full list of the vendors with photos and links on Facebook.

Jingle Xmas Xtravaganza:  Mon – Fri 10:30A – 7P, Saturday 10A – 7P, Sunday 10:30 A – 6P


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