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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Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Enoch Pratt Free Library annual book sale( Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun photo / December 1, 2007 )
Books may be an endangered species, but you couldn't tell that from the Pratt Library's annual sale, where hundreds gather to pore over thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs and magazines. Here's betting you'll find the ideal gift for the book lover on your list, and doubtless a few novels for yourself as well. Everything's seriously cheap: Hardbacks will set you back $1, paperbacks just 50 cents. There will even be several sets of the World Book Encyclopedia for sale, for just $10-$25 per set.
Enoch Pratt Free Library annual book sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Pratt, 400 Cathedral St. 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org. Free.