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HOLIDAY MARKET FORECAST : WHERE TO BUY GIFTS DIRECTLY FROM LOCAL ARTISTS

By : Akbota S

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If you’ve successfully avoided the mindless consumerism of Black Friday (80% off a hand-embroidered cashmere toaster? Surely that’s ethical!) and are now on the lookout for ways to smother your loved ones with festive stuff, don’t miss out on these upcoming holiday markets! Buy your tinsel, trinkets, and treats from local artists this holiday season and be the Best Gifter in Greater Boston.


For early birds and seasonal nerds, Boston Hassle is hosting their flea market on December 3 (12:30 - 6pm) at the Cambridge Community Center. Looks like it’s a $1 entry fee, so if you need me to spot you or something, just text me.


Another super early one—oh my gosh, the same day, why not go to both—is the Somerville Flea's Holiday Market at Arts at the Armory on December 3 (10am - 4pm). You might ask, hmm, Bota, can we print these damn papers any sooner? NO.


For those who shop at semi-regular times, Spontaneous Celebrations is having their Holiday Market at their Jamaica Plain location on December 8 + 15 (6 - 9pm), allowing you to get some mid-minute local shopping in while enjoying a warm drink.


Maybe you’ve seen the sick poster of creepy Christmas creatures by the one and only @thankyou_sean floating around, but Brighton Bazaar’s Holiday Edition is on December 9 (11am - 6pm) at Roadrunner, the new music venue in—you guessed it—Brighton. You also have permission from the premises to sip a drunky drinky drink while you peruse artisan candlesticks and goat milk soaps…


Picked up this paper late in the game and missed out on all the above? Don’t fret—Black Market Nubian is hosting their annual Shop the Block Holiday Market at their location in Roxbury every Saturday from November 26 to December 24 (1 - 5pm), featuring over 50 local Black artists.


If you end up going to any of these fabulous markets, The Boston Compass would love to hear about what you bought, who you bought it from, and who you gifted it to (even if it’s yourself, Narcissus <3)!! Tell us at https://forms.gle/FBBeqMtjbXkJJhSj6.


—Akbota





Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #164 December 2023

 

 

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