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Shop Local This Season at Artisan Vendor Markets

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By Jennifer Weber

While hustling and bustling your way through the month of December many people forget to take a moment to connect, enjoy and discover stumbling upon by accident that oh-so-perfect gift for your best friend, parent, significant other or middle child who is simply impossible to buy for.

The challenge this week is to step away from the computer and online shopping sales, steer clear of the department store parking lot frenzy and take a break from visiting the shops you always go back to again and again—head out to a local Artisan Vendor Market.

Shop local. Shop small. Support handcrafting artisans at one of these featured WNY Holiday Artisan Vendor Markets:

Friday, Dec. 1 –

Sunday, Dec. 3

Holiday Open Studios Vendor Market

Richardson Olmsted Complex, 400 Forest Avenue, Buffalo

The 17th annual Holiday Open Studios Vendor Market has moved this year to the historic Richardson Olmsted Campus, right inside the front door of the Hotel Henry building. Twenty local holiday artists and vendors will be available offering specialty foods, pottery, art and much more. This event is free of charge. For more information, visit www.artistsinbuffalo.org.

Friday, Dec. 1 –

Sunday, Dec. 3

Burchfield Penny Holiday Artist Sale

Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo

The Burchfield Penney Annual Holiday Artists Sale features forty artists, with 20 percent of all sales donated to the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This event is free of charge. For more information, visit www.burchfieldpenney.org.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Queen City Market

Karpele’s Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo

The 7th Annual Queen City Market features over 50 local craft artisans and vendors selling either handmade of vintage items. Each vendor was handpicked to guarantee a wide selection of goods–including jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing and housewares, local foods, and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Amy’s Truck, Lloyd Taco Truck, and several other local vendors. This event is free of charge. For more information, visit www.qcmbuffalo.com.

Saturday Dec. 2 –

Sunday, Dec. 3

Roycroft Campus Holiday Show

Roycroft Campus Corporation, 31 South Grove Street, East Aurora

The Roycroft Campus is the place to go for high-quality holiday gift shopping in the heart of small town East Aurora, New York. Browse through the four historic campus buildings: Print Shop, Copper Ship, Power House and Furniture Shop and shop with local artists located throughout the campus grounds. This event is free of charge. For more information, visit www.roycroftcampuscorp.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2 –

Sunday, Dec. 3

Yuletide In The Country

Event Center on the Fairgrounds, Hamburg

For the 23rd year in a row, Western New Yorkers have the chance for one stop local and small shopping experience at the annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market. With over 150 artists featured there is sure to be something for everyone on your shopping list. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 per person; children under the age of 12 are free. For more information visit www.wnypremierpromotions.com/yuletide-in-the-country.

Saturday, Dec. 2 –

Sunday, Dec. 3

Totally Buffalo 716Mas Festival

Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo

There’s a new kid in town to check out this year the Totally Buffalo 716Mas Festival at Buffalo Riverworks. This two day shop local festival features amazing Buffalo inspired crafts, jewelry, apparel, shirts, and more! And while you are shopping, enjoy live music, crafts for kids and an appearance by Santa and a few Disney Princesses. Tickets are $5 per person, children under the age of 5 are free. For more information, visit www.totallybuffalo.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

A City of Buffalo

Artist Market

Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main Street, Buffalo

Over 50 local artists, along with live music and a cash bar, await at the annual City of Buffalo Artist Market in the lobby of the historic and grand Ellicott Square Building. This event is free of charge. For more information visit www.ellicottdevelopment.com/artistsmarket.

Friday, Dec. 15 –

Saturday, Dec. 16

10th Annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street, Buffalo

Visit the Western New York Book Arts Center to find over forty vendors covering both floors with lots of unique, thoughtful last minute gifts perfect for giving. This event is free of charge. For more information visit www.wnybookarts.org.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Elm Street Holiday Market

MUSEjar, 17 Elm Street, East Aurora

Stop on by before or after the East Aurora Annual Carolcade and get some shopping done at the Elm Street Holiday Market featuring a dozen local artisans, live music, and refreshments! This event is free of charge. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MUSEjar.

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