Museum boutiques are a great place to find unique gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Another great place to find one-of-a-kind items, from jewellery to home décor, to clothes and toys, is craft sales. This fall, take a literal shopping trip, exploring what artisans and crafters from all over Manitoba have to offer.
Start your journey at Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Market, October 17-18 at Red River Exhibition Park. Over 170 vendors offer a wide range of products. Check out Milt Bailey, who makes bird baths and other containers using real leaves and cement. Then take a short drive south of the city to Morris, for its annual Craft, Bake and Trade Show, on October 18. Or head west to Brandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale at the Keystone Centre, October 18-19. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Brandon’s Big One features nearly 200 artisans and crafters, including a return this year by the “wreath lady”, whose hot selling willow wreaths are a favorite of many of the 6,500 shoppers.
The following weekend, visit Reston, west of Brandon on Highway #2 for theChristmas in the Country Tradeshow, October 26. Why not purchase some luxurious alpaca fiber socks from Turtle Mountain Ranch. And who said socks are a boring gift?
The Winnipeg Etsy Street Team (W.E.S.T.) brings its annual Handmade and Vintage Sale to St. Boniface, November 8. This is your chance to see in person all the amazing products Winnipeg artisans and crafters are selling on Etsy.com. Choose from the sweetest collection of stuffed owls from Birdie And Dot for the newest member of your family. Or opt for the Fortune Cookie Clutch from Hoshii Designs – bringing good luck in the new year to your closest friend.
Teulon and Area Farmers Market hosts its Winterfest Craft Sale, featuring over 50 vendors, November 21 and 22. Even a snow storm didn’t stop the 700 shoppers who visited last year’s sale, coming away with a variety of items, that all fall under the Farmers Markets’ motto that vendors must “make it, bake it, or grow it!”
Here’s a list of craft sales happening around the province:
- Oct 17-19: Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Market, Red River Exhibition Park.
- Oct 24-26: Art Expo, Assiniboia Downs.
- Nov 7-8: 34th Annual Christmas Market, Ralph Connor House.
- Nov 8: W.E.S.T. Handmade & Vintage Sale, Holy Cross School Gym.
- Nov 20-23: Signatures Craft Show and Sale, RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.
- Nov 22-23: 11th Annual Holidaze Craft Show, West End Cultural Centre.
- Nov 28-30:29th Annual Christkindlmarkt, Fort Garry Place Mall.
- Dec 3: 5th Annual Festive Artisans Market 2014, Manitoba Hydro Place.
Pembina Valley Central Plains
- Oct 17-18 | Headingley: 8th Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Sale, Headingley Community Centre.
- Oct 18 | Morris: Craft, Bake and Trade Show, Morris Multiplex.
- Oct 24-25 | Portage la Prairie: Prairie Ripples Art Sale, William Glesby Centre.
- Oct 25 | Arden: Craft Sale, Arden Community Centre.
- Nov 1 | Morden: Arts & Crafts Show, Access Event Centre.
- Nov 2 | St. Claude: Craft and Bake Sale, Recreation Centre.
- Nov 15 | Carman: One Stop Shop in the Hall, Community Hall.
- Nov 16 | Notre Dame de Lourdes: Craft/Trade Show, Centennial Hall.
- Oct 18-19 | Brandon: Brandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre.
- Oct 26 | Reston: Christmas in the Country Trade Show 2014, Reston Curling Rink.
- Nov 7-8 | Killarney: Stuffed Stocking Craft Show, Shamrock Centre.
- Nov 8 | Minnedosa: Craft Sale, Minnedosa Community Conference Centre.
- Nov 15 | Brandon: Riverbank Discovery Centre Craft Show, Riverbank Discovery Centre.
- Nov 15 | Shoal Lake: Christmas Craft Mart.
- Nov 22 | Neepawa: Glorious Christmas Wish Sale, Yellowhead Centre.
- Nov 29-30 | Brandon: Gala of Gifts, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.
- Oct 18 | Grandview: 5th Annual Fall Harvest Craft and Trade Show, Grandview Kinsmen Community Hall.
- Nov 1 | Binscarth: Annual Arts, Crafts and Small Promotions Show,
- Nov 8 |Dauphin: Christmas Craft Show, Watson Art Centre.
- Nov 14 | Swan River: Christmas Craft Show.
- Nov 22 | Roblin: Craft Show, Roblin Community Centre.
- Nov 29 | Ste. Rose du Lac: Christmas Craft Show, Community Centre.
- Nov 16 | Snow Lake: Craft and Home Business Fair.
- Dec 6 | Snow Lake: Craft Show, Fashion Show and Boutique, Community Hall.
- Oct 31-Nov 1 | Beausejour: Christmas Craft Show and Sale, Brokenhead River Community Hall.
- Nov 1 | St. Pierre-Jolys: Craft Sale, St. Pierre Recreation Centre.
- Nov 15 | Eriksdale: Christmas Craft Sale, Recreation Centre.
- Dec 6 | Pinawa: Christmas Town Market, Pinawa Community Centre.
- Nov 1 | Teulon: Green Acres Art Centre Mall in the Hall Annual Craft Sale, Teulon-Rockwood
- Nov 1| Warren: West Interlake Trading Company Craft Sale, Warren Auditorium.
- Nov 15 |Fraserwood: Craft, Trade & Bake Sale, Community Centre.
- Nov 15-16 | Selkirk: Festival of Trees and Craft Sale, Selkirk Recreation Centre.
- Nov 21-22 | Teulon: Farmers Market Winterfest Craft Sale, Teulon-Rockwood Centennial Centre.
- Nov 29, Dec 6 & Dec 13|Gimli: Christmas Market,New Iceland Heritage Museum.