Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Annual Handmade Holiday (A look back)

December 3, 2011;

Handmade Holiday was a blast! Not just your average "oh that was a blast" blast. A knock your socks off, best holiday shopping day ever, mixed with the irresistible cheer of a real hometown event blast!

As I said, our 1st annual local gift market for the holidays last week was a great success! If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year, here’s a look at all the festivities:

Urban Farm Naturals Soap- Photo by

Upstairs, crafters, soap-makers, jammers, and gift wrappers had a holly jolly time in the glow of an enormous tree sponsored and decorated by Bella Bungalow, a new darling downtown Arlington business.
Handmade ornaments and holiday décor were at almost every table, giving shoppers the chance to pick something special for their tree, along with the warm connection of meeting the person whose hands had lovingly crafted it.
Amazing ornaments by Lisa Reinsma's little elves- Photo

Artisan craftsmanship was everywhere: in the sumptuous quality of handmade soap, meticulous skill of hand-painted art, and careful construction of hand-sewn lovelies.
A wrapping station was manned by members and volunteers of Marysville YMCA. At 2pm, we cut the house music and the YMCA children’s choir performed carols, gathering a smiling crowd of shoppers and vendors!
Garden Treasures produce- Photo

 Downstairs, lunch made from organic ingredients from Arlington’s Garden Treasures Farm and a spread of delicious cookies were on sale from Guilt Free Goodness, a gluten-free bakery based in Monroe, along with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. 
While shoppers munched on their goodies, they perused the downstairs vendors with their fresh wreaths, unique home décor, gorgeous pottery, and handsome woodwork. 
Audrey and Samantha with Santa- Photo Arlington Farmers Market

Highlights of the day included a visit from Santa, two enormous raffle baskets stuffed full of goodies from the Handmade Holiday vendors, and a Christmas parade on Olympic Avenue, just two blocks down, presented by the city of Arlington.

Two blogs shared their own take on this event; you can check them out here:
A complete vendor list, along with links to each vendor’s website, can be found below this post.

Santa Shopping at Aldrich Farms- Photo Arlington Farmers Market

The experience of sharing an indoor market with all of our wonderful Handmade Holiday vendors was something really special for us on the Arlington Farmers’ Market staff. Thank you to everyone who participated!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday, from our families to yours. :)

Audrey, Samantha & the farmers’ market crew

Complete Vendor list:

Anne Francis
Brad Butter Photography
Bush’s Nursery
Joie de Vivre
Lisa Reinsma
Martha Woods
Persis Gayle
Robin Miller

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