Mallternatives: Holiday shopping beyond the mall [Pictures]
The holiday shopping season is hard upon us, and here's betting you still haven't figured out what to get for the especially discerning (and deserving) people on your gift list.
Fear not. Between now and Christmas, a bevy of events will be popping up throughout the Baltimore area, offering handmade and out-of-the-ordinary gifts -- everything from fine art to crockpots, used books to decorated holiday centerpieces. And the best part about the events listed below? Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have fun looking.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
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Dec. 2: Merry Mart( Handout photo by Jennifer Strunge / December 1, 2009 )
Some 50 artists and craftspeople, primarily from the Baltimore area, will mass at Highlandtown's Creative Alliance to show off their goods. Participating indie crafters include Alluring Robot, Baltimore Soaps and More, Damn Good Doormats, JerseyGirlDesign, MonkeyDogStudio, Pinkkiss Pottery, Super Rad Design and Yummy and Company. There's even a free drop-in workshop for kids from noon to 3 p.m.
Merry Mart, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Free. 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.
Dec. 8: Last Chance Show
Organized by crafters largely unable to get into Merry Mart and Holiday Heap and separated from the more established shows by a week, Last Chance offers just that -- a final chance, before the holidays, for shoppers and creators to link up with one another. The juried show also offers live music and, for harried parents, kids' activities to keep the young ones occupied.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Faith Community Church, 5315 Harford Road. Free. 443-695-5367 or charmcitycraftivists.blogspot.com.