Holiday markets 2014

basilica farm and flea

The Basilica Farm + Flea

Many people will be out and about doing holiday shopping over the next few weeks. If you're looking for something a little bit different -- craftier, handmade, more independent, fair trade -- there are a handful of local holiday markets coming up that could be worth a stop.

And here's a rundown of them...

Basilica Farm + Flea
Basilica Hudson | November 28-30
This is the second year for Basilica Farm + Flea, a collaboration between Basilica Hudson and Hudson River Exchange. Independent artists and designers will be selling a wide range of items: "hand-carved wild-foraged wood cutting boards and spoons; gorgeous handcrafted jewelry; ceramics; health, wellness, and beauty products; textiles and paper goods; furniture, light fixtures and home decor." There will also be products from local agricultural producers. And a group of local food vendors will be there. 10 am-6 pm each day - admission is $3, free for under 18.

The market is also hosting a "Black Friday Soiree" on Friday. Friday 5-9 pm - free admission.

Black Friday Fair Trade Market
Delmar Reformed Church | November 28 9 am-3 pm / November 29 9 am-2 pm
This is the fifth year for the Fair Trade Market, which offers products from around world. In the words of one of the organizers: "This is the perfect place Black Friday shoppers who want to buy gifts that make a difference in the lives of artisans and producers, gifts that carry stories of hope and courage among people working hard to escape poverty."

Home for the Holidays
Albany Institute | November 28-30
The museum has free admission all weekend with special holiday activities, including a "fun, old-fashioned toys, handmade ornaments, crafts and gifts by area artisans."

Holiday Market at Superior Merchandise Co.
147 Fourth Street, Troy | November 28 from 5-9 pm
The not-yet-open Superior Merchandise Co. is hosting a holiday market featuring "goods from a bunch of amazing local shops/makers including: Superior Merchandise Co., Flower Scout, Owlkill Studio, Fort Orange General Store, Sarah K. Benning, The Rise and Shine Company, The Foxes Keep, Pepco Studio, Junie B Love and Don't Worry About it Records." Also: a photo booth from Takk House.

Saratoga Craft Marketplace
Saratoga Springs City Center | November 29 from 10 am-4:30 pm
The annual sale -- now in its 39th year -- includes more than 100 artisans selling handmade crafts. Admission is $5 (includes two raffle tickets), kids 12 and under free.

Albany Holiday Market
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center | December 3 from 5-7 pm
This is the third year for the market, which includes "shop specials, unique Albany gift items, local artisans and specialty shops selling their own items."

The Round Lake Holiday Artisan Market
Round Lake Village Hall | December 4 from 3-8 pm
The market features works from the Round Lake Collective Artists: The Quiet Woods Jewelry, Ivy Rose Wool Arts, Blue Firefly Designs Jewelry and Gifts, Rachel Garrison Pottery, Eden Carnes' Whimsical Menagerie, Round Lake School Handmade Books, Erin Fish Watercolors, Queen Bee Photography, Dee Myers Paper Art, Double AA Bees Honey and Candles, sweet treats provided by Leah's Cakery.

Made By Hand 2014
The Foundry in Cohoes | December 6 from 11 am-5 pm
Blurbage: "A one day, indoor designer craft market featuring some of the regions most talented artisans offering fine crafted apparel, jewelry, accessories, house wares, paper goods, and more." Admission is $2.

Taste NY Holiday Expo
State Museum | December 7 from 11 am-4:30 pm
Blurbage: "For five hours on Sunday, December 7th, the Museum will be transformed into a bustling shopping emporium for the state's finest specialty items, including cheese, chocolates, apples, hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, maple products, and other edible gifts." (Also: The tree lighting on the ESP is that evening.)

Know of another good local holiday market people might be interested in? Please share!

Basilica Hudson and Albany Institute advertise on AOA.

photo: Basilica Hudson FB



I love the idea of gifts that make a difference. helps families from Nicaragua - Great videos of the families making the products.

Honest Weight Co-op will have a local artisan market from 10 AM to 4 PM on December 6/7 and 13/14. Buy local food and local gifts all in one stop! The market is in the community room.

December 6 is the holiday craft fair at Hamagrael Elementary School in Delmar, an event with great quality vendors (I am somewhat biased) at affordable prices.

The show runs 10-4 all over the school, which is located at 1 McGuffey Lane in a protective thicket of winding residential streets, just off 335. The parking situation is, on a scale from "Sears" to "Center Square," somewhere around "Downtown Troy." It's worth it, though, if you like crafts. Again, disclaimer: I am biased.

The Glens Falls Shirt Factory has a great thing going, this weekend and Dec 13-14. Lots of Local Awesome!

Winter Craft Market at Honest Weight Food Coop December 6, 7, 13, 14 10am 4pm "This holiday season, we’re offering four different craft markets, where you can find local handmade goods like pottery, clothing, jewelry, stained glass, and more! And our local artisans will be on hand to tell you about each and every item. "

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