Hell, Yeah! It's Holiday Market Season, Betches!
Merchants make it easy for you to open your wallet during the holidays. Instead of forcing you to hop from store to store (or site to site) to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, they huddle together at maker markets for a one-stop shopping experience. It's like going to a mall, except a million times better.
Market season is ramping up, and if you don't schedule your favorites on your calendar now, you'll wind up missing them. I've rounded up eight of the best SF holiday markets below—organized by date—to help you plan your shopping strategy. In the words of T. Swift, "Baby, let the games begin."
38 Makers Holiday Gift Fair, November 3 (11am–4 pm). It's every Pinner's dream come true: a fully immersive, shoppable Pinterest board at the company's new office at 651 Brannan Street. 38Makers leads off the gifting season with a Pinterest-curated fair for shoppers looking for artisan, locally-made gifts. This year will mar SFMade and Pinterest's fourth annual joint event inside Pinterest’s new headquarters. Wares will include jewelry, coffee, gourmet gifts, wine, home and garden items, holiday cards and decorations, stationery, bags, body products, men’s and women’s apparel, pet gear, and more, all made in SF.
A Current Affair, November 3 (10am-6pm). The beloved vintage sale is back at Craneway Pavilion (1414 Harbor Way South in Richmond) with a winter blowout. A Current Affair is a community of over 150 vintage retailers and private dealers showcasing the best vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry. Stop in to shop from over 70 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from the Bay Area and beyond. Granted, you may see this show as more of a shop-for-yourself than shop-for-others opportunities, but you totally deserve a gift for making it through 2018. Admission starts at $12.
Renegade Craft Fair, November 10-11 (11am-6pm). Renegade returns to Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with a celebration of all things handmade. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable holiday weekend of local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more.
West Coast Craft, November 17-11 (10am–6pm). WCC is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. One of the great things about this event is so many of the best indie stores and brands in the city will set up shop for it. So you could drive around town for Arno, Ali Golden, Future Glory, and Yonder Shop...or you could save time, gas, and parking fees by visiting them all at WCC.
SFEtsy Indie Holiday Emporium, November 24-25 (11am -5pm). This is SFEtsy's sixth year bringing Etsy to life in San Francisco: more 200 local artisans and small batch food vendors are expected to participate. The event will be at Pier 35, 1454 Embarcadero.
TreasureFest Snovember, November 24-25, (10 am-4 pm). The TreasureFest flea market is going to be extra in November, making 10 tons of snow for each day of the market to get shoppers in the winter-giving spirit. More than 400 vendors show up monthly for the event, so it’s a great place to shop for your vintage-loving friends and family.
Junior League Holiday Faire, November 29, (5-9 pm). The League will be hosting its Holiday Faire on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at The Italian Athletic Club in North Beach. The festive market will feature over 25 local artisans, merchants, makers and artists, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. General admission tickets are $25.
Zero Waste and Plastic Free Holiday Market, December 1, (10am-3 pm). Goods Holding Company and fillgood.co, two zero waste and plastic free companies in the Bay Area, are hosting their very first market at Fort Mason this year in the beautiful Firehouse. The Holiday Market will feature 20+ local vendors selling eco friendly gifts and items to help you live more plastic free.
Heath Ceramics Make Good Market, December 8-9 (10am–5pm Saturday, 10am–3pm Sunday). Step inside Heath's factory (2900 18th Street) and meet over 25 of the ceramics brand's designer and maker friends—including Rockyt favorites Aplat, Aesthetic Union, and Jacob May. While you shop for gifts, prepare to see a show and tell of the making process: from woodworking and leather painting to candy-making, ceramic throwing and sewing. Tartine Manufactory and a handful of Heath's favorite food vendors will gather with nibbles ready to gift. The market is free and open to the public.
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