Thursday, December 16, 2010

For all your last-minute shopping

By Meredith Deliso

We’re heading into the homestretch, folks! Christmas is less than a fortnight away. But don’t worry, there are plenty of markets throughout the borough where you can score unique finds, and still have time to wrap them.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Williamsburg’s Artists and Fleas expands just for the holidays with its Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar. The seasonal pop-up, operating Dec. 18 and 19, is just a block away from the “mothership” and features more in artist-made, designer-crated, vintage-based goodies. Not to be missed are Thief and Bandit’s colorful braided bracelets (pictured), which would stand out on any wrist; artist Amber Cowan’s glass vases, which look as if they’re inspired by underwater sea life; and mgmy studio’s geometric planters, because plants always make for a good gift, especially when they come in unique pots.

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar (N. Seventh Street between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, no phone), Dec. 18 and 19 from noon-8 pm. For info, visit

Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair
The Lutheran Church of the Messiah is home to a temporary craft fair in Greenpoint this Saturday, stocked with fun, local designers thanks to the Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair. There’s certainly a range in tastes, including Max Wowch’s twisted, gothy shirts; Sodafine’s feminine fabrics and accessories; charms from Dirty Librarian (we really love that name); and Backyard Vintage’s, well, vintage items. Find something for everyone on your list.

Greenpoint Holiday Craft Fair at Lutheran Church of the Messiah [129 Russell St. between Nassau and Driggs avenues in Greenpoint, (718) 389-0854], Dec. 18 from 10 am-6 pm. For info, visit

Christmas Fair
This fair touts itself as Brooklyn’s biggest indoor/outdoor multi-level flea market around. And with nearly 150 vendors, it’s easy to see why. You name it, this fundraiser for Sunset Park’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help church probably has it, including jewelry, clothing, shoes, DVDs, CDs, records, comics, coins, and antiques. You can even give the gift of art; nearly 50 artists and photographers will be selling their affordable creations through TopStar Gallery, so you can find a truly one-of-a-kind present.

Christmas Fair at Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s Notre Dame Hall [545 60th St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Sunset Park, (917) 312-9855], Dec. 18 from 1-8 pm and Dec. 19 from 7 am-5 pm. For info, visit


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