New York City has no shortage of holiday markets, with outdoor shopping extravaganzas in Union Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle. But what about those of us looking for something a little different? Here is our round up of the quirkiest holiday shopping events in New York City.
The Cavalcade is a biannual Craft Fair In NYC, organized by DIY company Etsy New York. Come out and shop the unique handmade gifts of local Etsy Shops while snacking on locally made sweets and connecting with more than 62 indie vendors form the tri-state area. December 13th and 14th from 10am to 8pm. 75 Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Street.
Perusing the material world while in a spiritual haven may seem anachronistic, but the Cathedral at St. John the Divine has always surprised us. The 19th Annual Crafts Fair at the Cathedral is in the two-floor Synod Hall, filled with over 60 artisans showcasing and selling their work. December 5th to December 7th. St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue.
Have any strange friends who would appreciate an antique human tooth for Christmas? And for the reasonable price of $4? The Morbid Anatomy Museum is hosting its Annual Holiday Fair, with specimens on sale such as human teeth, taxidermy, and antique medical equipment. The Fair begins December 13th at 12 pm.
The Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market located at the Bat Haus co-working space out in Bushwick offers lots of local goodies, and stands out in its generous offering of free mimosas and sangria while you shop! 279 Starr Street.
The Degenerate Craft Fair began in 2009, and according to its website, was “created for artists, by artists.” The DCF seeks to transcend “the line between art and craft, showcasing artists selling affordable versions of their work or who integrate craft traditions into their practice, dedicated craftmakers who take unconventional approaches toward traditional techniques, and even small independent businesses that produce their own soaps and skincare products.” The Fair also prides itself as offering affordable wares, with most works under $50. The Fair begins at on December 6th at 12 pm at 87 Lafayette Street.
This two day long “mega-craft fair” features over 200 artisans in Greenpoint’s massive Brooklyn Expo Center. Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th, 2014 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.
The Hester Street Fair, a Lower East Side-based market collective, has opened a Holiday Market at 34th Street at One Penn Plaza, bringing local artisanal products and food to Midtown shoppers. The Market is open every day from 11 am to 8 pm until December 23rd.
On December 6 and 20, and the Brooklyn-based bar Pine Box Rock Shop will host two Vegan Shop-Up markets, where shoppers can enjoy the best in vegan food products and clothing that New York City has to offer. Vegan-leather shoe store MooShoes will also be hosting a Shop-Up market in Manhattan on December 14th. For a full list of vendors, click here.
The Long Island City Flea and Food Market, the largest market in Queens, will be hosting its Holiday market indoors at 5-25 46th Ave every Saturday and Sunday through December 21st.
The Artists & Fleas Market began in a warehouse in Williamsburg in 2003 in an effort to create a place to meet and sell for the artisanal community in Brooklyn. Today, the market represents more than 100 vendors and has expanded with a second location in the Chelsea Market. In addition to a wide selection of local goods, the holiday season will bring free gift-wrapping stations and professional carolers to set the holiday mood. Williamsburg: Sat Dec 6 – Sun Dec 28. 70 North 7th Brooklyn. Chelsea location: Mon – Sat 10AM – 9PM Sun 10AM – 8PM. 88 10th Ave @ W. 15th Street.
For a round-up of the more classic holiday fairs in NYC, check out this list here.
Contacted author Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza.
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