Friday, December 5, 2008

Buy Curious: Shop Indie & Local This Holiday Season Cont'd.

Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Last week, we told you all about the Shop Local pledge we launched here at the Express. (Check out our PSA video below.) We also gave you a monstrous list of local indie holiday sales, craft fairs, and bazaars. Well, since then, we've received a ton of new sales to tell you about. These aren't just your run-of-the-mill sale events either; many are fun, community-oriented events with music, art, food, drinks, and more -- helping you to support artists, your community, and find some really cool unique (and cheap) gifts in the process. There's really no excuse not to!

Last week, we told you all about the Shop Local pledge we launched here at the Express. (Check out our PSA video here.) We also gave you a monstrous list of local indie holiday sales, craft fairs, and bazaars. Well, since then, we've received a ton of new sales to tell you about. These aren't just your run-of-the-mill sale events either; many are fun, community-oriented events with music, art, food, drinks, and more -- helping you to support artists, your community, and find some really cool unique (and cheap) gifts in the process. There's really no excuse not to!

The events with one asterisk (*) are indie events; two asterisks (**) are highly recommended.

** Friday, Dec. 5 - Indie Village — Crafts, music, mingling, and more!
7 p.m.
9th Street in Old Oakland

* Friday, Dec. 5 - Paragraph Boutique One-Year Anniversary Party - Shop local independent designers, listen to DJ beats, sip wine, enjoy pizza provided by Park Chow and receive 20% off jewelry by Liliana Swearingen and CSJ Jewelry.
6-9:30 p.m.
1234 9th Ave. (between Irving St & Lincoln Way), San Francisco

Friday, Dec. 5 - CITIZEN:Citizen Storeroom Launch: Preview the pop-up department store launch.
6-9 p.m.
2226 Bush St., San Francisco

* Starting Friday, Dec. 5-15 - 3rd Annual Holidayland Gift Sale at Blankspace Gallery. Locally produced, hand-crafted items and small works of art.
Hours: Sat.-Mon. noon-7 p.m.

** Saturday, Dec. 6 - Chillin' - 80 fashion designers, painters & photographers, DJs, and more.
8 p.m.-2 a.m., $7, 21+
Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., SF

* Saturday, Dec. 6 - CCA Holiday Fair - Shop for one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts made by students, alumni, and staff: ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, clothing, photography, textiles, paintings, ornaments, and more. Live jazz music.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland

* Saturday, Dec. 6 - Dimond Winter Festival - Feed your soul, feel good about shopping local, and enjoy festive holiday music.
Fruitvale Presbyterian Church
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
2735 MacArthur Blvd. at Coolidge Ave., Oakland

* Saturday, Dec. 6 - Harmony Beauty Boutique - Champagne and Truffles Holiday Shopping Event - Plus 20 percent off Prestige product lines
1-5 p.m.
Harmony Beauty Boutique, 2642 Ashby Ave., Berkeley

** Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 6 & 7 — Mission Bazaar - Massive craft fair!
10 a.m.- 8 p.m., $5 for the public.
Mission Armory Community Center, 1800 Mission Street, San Francisco

* Sunday, Dec. 7 - Ashkenaz International Craft Bazaar - Holiday artisan sale exhibiting crafts that are handmade, locally produced, sustainable, recycled, relating to our music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world. The event will include live music and dance performances and a supervised gift-making table for kids. Vegetarian, organic food and drink will be available for purchase. More than 50 artisans and craftspeople will provide thousands of items, the majority of which are $25 and under. This event is a fundraiser for Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center.
11 a.m.-7 p.m., $1 (kids under 12 are free)
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

* Sunday, Dec. 7 - "Sample This!" Children's Community Center Sample Sale. The sale features children's and adult's clothing and accessories, jewelry, vintage children's books, stationery, home and bath products, gourmet foods, and more. Proceeds support CCC.
1-5 p.m., $5 (includes raffle entry)
The Gym at Martin Luther King Middle School
1781 Rose Street, Berkeley

* Starting Monday, Dec. 8- 12 - Oakland Art Gallery's Holiday Art Sale 2008 - Art and handmade goods.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 11- Holiday party & sale — 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Oakland Art Gallery, 199 Kahn's Alley, Oakland

* Wednesday, Dec. 10 — Style Lounge - Fashion Show and Shopping Event
5 p.m.-10 p.m. (fashion show at 8:30 p.m.), $40 for VIP, $10, or 2 for $15
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., San Francisco

* Thursday, Dec. 11 — Holiday Trunk Sale — Magnet, Herringbone, and Feather Vintage invite you to a holiday trunk sale featuring new and vintage clothing from Magnet and Feather (plus 20 percent off Magnet fall items and 15 percent off Feather Vintage); makeup, lipstick, and other holiday sundries from Herringbone; jewelry by Hazel Cox; hats by Jasmin Zorlu; Flock Home linens; artisan jams from Bluechair Fruit Co.; and Macy Chadwick letterpress, prints and books.
6-9 p.m.
Magnet, 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

* Starting Thursday, Dec. 11-13 - Title Nine Blowout Sale - Save up to 70 percent off women's shorts, pants, running and hiking gear, swimming suits, bras, tees, shoes, and more.
Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
825 Potter St., Berkeley

* Friday, Dec. 12 - Secession Holiday Party
6:30pm - 9:30 p.m.
Secession Art and Design, 3361 Mission St., San Francisco

** Saturday, Dec. 13 - Feria Urbana - An urban fair featuring local designers and crafters.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., free.
Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

** Saturday, Dec. 13 - Indie Mart - Shopping (new and vintage), drinking, pizza, DJs.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., free
The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco

** Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21, Dec. 23-24 - Telegraph Holiday Street Fair - More than 200 artisans and vendors offer arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., free
Telegraph Ave (between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way), Berkeley

* Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 13-14 - 38th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair - Featuring a gourmet food pavilion, 220 craftsmakers and artists from around the country selling their wares, plus live performances by the Kev Choice Ensemble, Blame Sally, and Jackie Payne with the Steve Edmonson Band.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., $7-$10
Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco

* Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 13-14 - The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House. With fire and circus performers, demonstrations of glass blowing, blacksmithing, metal casting and a nontraditional Santa Claus. Raffle prize drawings each day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.
1260 7th St., Oakland

* Sunday, Dec. 14 — EcoHoliday SF - 100 locally owned eco-friendly vendors will feature green gifts, eco-fashion, art & more. Plus live entertainment, DJs, DIY workshops, children's activities, food, drinks, and more.
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Galleria SF Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco

* Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 20-21 -- Temescal Holiday Skate and Stroll -- Popcorn, candy canes, hot chocolate, egg nog and lively merchants await you on Telegraph Avenue, plus an outdoor ice skating rink.
Temescal Holiday Skate and Stroll
Dec. 20-21, 1-6 p.m.
Holiday Parade and Crafts
Dec. 21 at the Farmer's Market

** Dec. 20-21, Dec. 23-24 - Telegraph Holiday Street Fair - More than 200 artisans and vendors offer arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., free
Telegraph Ave (between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way), Berkeley

* Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 24-25, 2009 -- Oakland Lunar New Year Bazaar. Sponsored by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. For details contact Jennieyong [at] aol.com

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