Ok-now that the hot mess of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is behind us, we can focus on what really matters: all those awesome Holiday Markets that are about to start popping up around DC.
We’re working on a great gift guide (by neighborhood, natch) for you but for now, here is a solid list of one-day and beyond pop-ups to get your holiday shopping done WHILE supporting the local economy, in an easy-to-share-with-your-friends format. With some songs about shopping on top.
- ROCK-N-SHOP-the annual rock’n'roll garage sale @ Black Cat on December 11th. Hunting for that perfect holiday gift? Looking to augment your hardcore collection with some essential records? Searching for the perfect T-shirt? Stop right there, my friend! Rock-n-Shop is where it’s all at. This annual junk sale offers more than the standard fare…for one thing, it’s not all junk…
- Corcoran’s Off the Walls annual art sale from December 8–10 in the North Atrium; browse Corcoran College of Art + Design student work ranging from jewelry, to wearable art, to fine art. All sales directly benefit the artist and the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
- THE DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET @ 8th and F Streets NW, December 2nd-23rd, Noon-8pm Daily. For the 7th year in a row, 60+ exhibitors will set up “shop” in front of the National Portrait gallery to offer everything from jewelry to ceramics to textiles and more.
- MERRIMENT IN GEORGETOWN – December 9th to 20th. Presented and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), celebrating the holiday season with 12 days of special store sales and events, seasonal festivities, live entertainment, holiday activities, and more. To view the video from last year’s event, which was a one day festival, click on the link below, or visit www.merrimentingeorgetown.com for more information.
HEAVEN FOR CRAFTERS:
- Nana’s HANDMADE HOLLY MART 3068 Mount Pleasant St, NW, Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 11 am -7 pm. A mini bazaar to be held at local women’s clothing store, Nana. The holiday mart will feature about 10 local crafters, many who sold their wares at the Mount Pleasant Temporium.
- GRUMP Holiday Market @ American Legion( 224 D St SE, Capitol Hill), December 10th, 11am- 5pm. 20 of your favorite Crafty Bastards Vendors will show and sell their awesomeness. Produced by Beth Baldwin & Tina Seamonster, GRUMP will be the place to buy awesome handmade gifts made by real people, locally!
- Charm City Craft Mania Holiday Heap, 2640 Paul Street, Baltimore – December 3, 10am-5am. - sure this is in Baltimore but it’s the ultimate mamma-jamma of craft shopping this season. According to Washington Post: Think of the Holiday Heap as a seasonal Crafty Bastards: More than 55 local and national crafters selling clothing, jewelry, comic books, household items and accessories. The day also includes demonstrations, a photo booth, raffles and food trucks.
- Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center December 2-4, 2011. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC (800) 368-9000 and (202) 249-3000. Hours are Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Not really a holiday craft show – but conveniently scheduled just before the holiday season. Sponsored by Crafts America, the show includes the wares of more than 180 artists including metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more. Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Senior Citizens, Ages 12 and under free.
WITH A GOOD CAUSE ON TOP:
- CHEAP ART SALE- Benefit for Girls Rock! DC, at La Casa (3166 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC), December 10th, 1-5pm. On Saturday, December 10th, the fourth annual Cheap Art Sale will host artists from across the city who will show and sell original works of art, and donate half or more of all the proceeds to the nonprofit Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL). All art will be priced at $50 or less. The Cheap Art Sale is an opportunity for shoppers to purchase unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind items. Participating artists include Tom Legro, Mike Ferguson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Pat Padua, Arelle Rodriguez, Sha Grogan-Brown, Phyllis Dillinger,Tory Pedonti, Anthem Press, and Sera Baghdadi and others. Grassroots Gourmet will also be selling their delicious progressive baked goods. Artwork sold will include paintings, jewelry, screen printed goods, lots of photography and more. SMYAL is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Founded in 1984, SMYAL’s mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21 as they journey from adolescence into adulthood. To find out more about SMYAL, check out their website at: http://www.smyal.org/index.php
- St. John’s’ traditional Greens Sale and Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. This benefit for St. John’s mission features beautifully hand-decorated wreaths, gourmet foods, greenery, holiday plants, gift items and more. A “Vintage Christmas and Collectibles Shop” will offer holiday decorations and items from years gone by, children’s holiday dresses and outfits, unique antiques, jewelry and collectibles. A delicious lunch will again offer a time for relaxing with friends during the event.
- Swedish Christmas Bazaar December 3, 2011, 11 a.m-5 p.m. House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. Located at the Georgetown waterfront. The annual event is sponsored by the Swedish Women’s Educational Association and supported by the Embassy of Sweden. The bazaar will feature Swedish arts & crafts, crystal, textiles, artwork, books, decorations, and much more. Enjoy Swedish Christmas carols performed by the Santa Lucia Procession. The Café will offer home baked goods and Swedish sandwiches. Free admission.