A Timeline of Arty, Creative, Handmade, and Awesome Holiday Shopping Events in Baltimore by Cara Ober
It’s time to talk all things shopping. This year I keep seeing the suggestion to buy less, but buy better. For someone who tends to close their eyes, whip out their credit card, and then sort out who is getting what the night before, this idea of deep rather than broad shopping is a little daunting.
However, I hate the mall and I don’t want my gifts delivered in a Jeff Bezos robotic reindeer sleigh. I’m looking for something different, a little bit challenging, and to spend my money on treasures that are truly special. I’m okay with spending a bit more, but I want the shopping to be a warm and fuzzy experience; possibly fuzzy because there is booze involved and warm with the glow of connecting to others who are fun and have good taste. I want my hard earned dollars to stay in circulation in my city, to put them into the pockets of equally hard working artists, artisans, and crafters, and for the local economy here to grow.
While I am happy about the ever-proliferating list of local, handmade, holiday shopping events, and I wish I could support all of them, I’m also in favor of a shorter list with specific criteria. This year I would like to purchase more artwork, I would like to run into people I know while shopping and talk to them, and I want to make the best use of my limited time, hence this year’s list of just ten events.
Rather than attempting to capture it all, I am sharing the list of art, craft, and maker events I plan to patronize this season, the art I would actually buy. I know that my family and friends deserve amazing gifts and I know that Baltimore’s creative community is an invaluable asset, the reason why so many of us choose to live and work here.
Did I mention that BmoreArt’s new print journal makes a great gift for the art and culture connoisseur in your life? We’re selling a limited edition of compete sets of six, as well as individual copies at our website and through our wonderful network of vending partners, including Trohv, Atomic Books, Greedy Reads, Ivy Bookshop, the BMA Gift Shop, and hopefully a few additional others.
This year I hope your holidays are merry, warm, and full of all good things, especially things that are made locally and with love.
1. Vintage Jewelry and Accessories Sale at The Walters Art Museum
Thursday, November 29: 5 pm
Friday, November 30: 11 am
Saturday, December 1: 11 am
600 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Just in time for the holidays, the Women’s Committee will be selling gently used jewelry and accessories during a 3-day* pop-up shop in the Level 1 Lobby. Proceeds from the sale will support education programs and exhibitions at the Walters.
2. Holiday Sale at the Baltimore Jewelry Center
Friday, November 30: 6 pm
Saurday, December 1: 2 pm
Sunday, December 2: 12 pm
Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 E North Ave, Ste 130, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Join the Baltimore Jewelry Center for our annual Holiday Sale Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, featuring work for sale by our community members and instructors. Participating artists are: Erica Bello, Sarah Berger, Nikki Bracy, Brittany Covington, Susan Craig, Jeni Fairman, Allison Fomich, Maria High, Airi Maeno, Jessica McGrath, Freda Mohr, Bridget Parlato, Jenn Parnell, Laura Penza, Jayne Roth, Lisajoy Sachs-Cahlander, Lauren Schott, Molly Shulman, and April Wood
We’re also excited to announce that this weekend Hey Thanks Herbal Co. will be mixing a specialty cocktail made with their handmade cordials during the sale Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 – 9p, Power Decals will be selling their custom nail decals with us, and we will be launching the sale of a custom Baltimore Jewelry coffee blend, 18 Karat, created for us by our friends at Thread Coffee! Everyone who attends the sale will be entered in a raffle to win a FREE bag of coffee and a custom made coffee scoop!
3. MERRY MART: Shop Local
Sunday at 11 AM – 5 PM
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Shop a diverse mix of handmade items by artisans from Baltimore and beyond this Holiday Season! Merry Mart is an annual juried holiday craft market that showcases high-quality handmade arts and crafts including; clothing, handbags, accessories, ceramics, soaps, kids’ toys, mixed media, jewelry and great art! Bring your kids to our free drop-in arts workshop from NOON to 5PM.
4. Holiday Sip & Shop Hosted by Baltimore Vintage Flea
The next Baltimore Vintage Flea is popping off on Sunday, December 2nd at R. House where we will featuring some of the area’s best vintage vendors showing their vintage wares, clothing, furniture, knickknacks, and so much more for the Holiday Sip & Shop. Bring lots of cash and a couple of credit cards to shop while enjoying some libations and delicious food inside R. House. Perfect time to pick up some one of a kind holiday gifts for your loved ones. For more information: www.facebook.com/baltimorevintageflea
5. MICA Art Market 2018
Thursday, Dec. 6-Friday, Dec. 7: 11am-7pm
Saturday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 9: 10am-6pm
1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
At this year’s Art Market, holiday shoppers and collectors can discover work by emerging and established artists and designers just in time for the gift-giving season. Fine art and handmade objects by approximately 275 MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff will be on sale. Original gifts include jewelry, illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, book arts, toys and wrapping paper.
Visitors can talk one-on-one with artists and designers about their work while enjoying the market’s lively atmosphere and supporting the local economy. The event is sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds goes towards scholarships for MICA students. Cash & credit cards accepted!
6. Under $500 // Sixth Annual Affordable Art Sale