Ready for a big shocker? I absolutely hate clothes shopping. I consider it the mortal enemy of my superhuman existence. I make exception for one reason – to support local vendors and artisans. I super heart shopping on Etsy. And I love, love holiday craft fairs in New York City. It makes shopping special because I get to meet the people behind the products, which in turn makes me appreciate where my hard-earned dollars are being spent. It’s also eco-friendly to shop local and feels great to give a unique handmade gift.
All of this does remind me that this time last year I discovered my ‘kryptonite’: Mommy guilt! I was a new mom and just couldn’t bring myself to leave the baby to go shopping. I also needed my rest to recharge for the work week. As one of those people that likes to fit it all in, it was hard to admit that this new supermom had a weakness!
Well this year the kryptonite can stay in its lead box because Lucas gets to spend Saturday hitting some of these great spots with mama!
Following is a list of my favorite places to support local vendors and artists, starting with the Martha Stewart Craft Fair where my good friend Dani Fiori will be featuring SweetDaniB cookies (warning: shameless unpaid plug for the best cookie designer in our local area!).
Saturday, December 4th – Martha Stewart Craft Fair
Sunday, December 5th – Holiday Handmade Cavalcade featuring Etsy vendors.
Ongoing Fairs (usually until Dec. 24th):
#2 Bryant Park Holiday Market
Plus they have ice skating!
#3 Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Plus you get to pop into Central Park for a nice walk with the kids!
#4 Grand Central Holiday Market
I find this one has the less unique vendors because many just resell mass produced products, but there are a few gems in the mix.
If you want to visit Brooklyn and Queens, here’s a great article about local shopping in those areas from the Mommy Poppins NYC blog.