Last week, I gave you gift suggestions from locally owned stores. This weekend, it’s all about locally made gifts. Buy local purists could spend all day Saturday shopping at local craft and art fairs this Saturday, with at least four big events happening. Your dollars stay in the Fresno community when you buy from these crafters, artists and bakers. (Plus, their gifts are a lot more unique than what you’ll find at Target.)
- The Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar returns to Fulton 55 downtown Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here you can find a “eunichorn guts action figure” by artist Robert Amador (seriously, how cool is that picture at right?), steampunk jewelry, aprons featuring scantily-clad firemen and T-shirts reading “Happy Black Girl.” This is a 21+ event (It’s at a bar, you can drink while you shop) with a $2 admission fee. Details here.
- Broadway Studios artists will be selling one-of-a-kind gifts from noon to 6 p.m.-ish Saturday. You could just pop on over after the Handmade bizarre. Details here.
- The Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom craft faire runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at “The big red church” at 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. This is one my favorite events. If it’s anything like last year, you can find fair-trade chocolate, handmade origami doves, sculptures by Margaret Hudson, hot soup, cookies and folksy entertainment. Details here.
- The Vineyard Farmers Market continues its gift and craft show every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon before Christmas, where the gift sellers are mixed in with the veggie vendors. It was a gorgeous sight when I was there last week, with handmade beaded jewelry sparkling in the sun and pretty scarves blowing in the wind. You can also find fair-trade African market baskets, handmade pottery and socks knitted from alpaca hair. Details here.