One of my holiday goals this year (aside from not having a third helping of pie) is to buy all of my gifts from local or handmade sources rather than going to the mall. I tried last year but it takes a little organization to not end up rushing around for last minute gifts which is what happened to me. I am being proactive with my goals by starting my shopping early, having a list ready, and budgeting properly.
I love going to holiday craft markets for these kinds of gifts; there are all sorts of cool things to buy that regular stores just don’t carry. My push for local gifts stems from my own start-up clothing company that I began in April of this year called The Bleached Tee. Anyone who owns their own business knows how important it is for word-of-mouth and local customers; I figure I owe it to other small start-ups to help them grow.
This past weekend I participated in Creative Culture Calgary’s first market at the Bridgeland Community Center; all the other vendors can be found here on their Facebook page. The event was great with lots of people stopping by to check it out!
What is your favourite market to visit during the holiday season?