Shopping Planner: Holizaar, Junquelow and merry markets
MERRY MARKETS: HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll highlight one. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
You’ve been warned: There are now only nine shopping days left before Christmas, and only eight left before Hanukkah. But don’t panic, the Holiday Waterfront Gift Market on Tampa’s Harbour Island is there for you on Sunday. With more than 60 artists and vendors presenting, you’ll find handmade and original gifts including jewelry, glass, clay, wood, organic soaps and food booths. Plus, the beautiful outdoor location by the water and live music make the ambience way more inspiring than the mall. Free to attend noon to 5 p.m. at 800 Harbour Post Drive. harbourislandartwalk.com.
In the Trunk: Junquelow Holiday Party
Has the Gypsy JunQue bus ever rolled through your area? If it did you’d know; it’s so colorfully painted you’d expect it would belong to the Merry Pranksters. Inside it’s an eclectic fantasy of boho fashion, jewelry and decor that’s entirely made from items that have been recycled and repurposed. After a few nomadic years at art and music festivals, Gypsy JunQue recently opened a store in Seminole Heights called the JunQuelow. You can bet the store is just as funky as the bus, so check it out Saturday at a holiday party. They’re offering 20 percent off all purchases, BOGO candle tins and wine and cheese. Bring an ornament to exchange. The party also happens in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas sale that runs through Dec. 23, so the offer that day is 20 percent off any tapestry when you buy a kaleidoscope. Groovy, man. The party’s from 5-10 p.m. at 5805 N Florida Ave., Tampa. gypsyjunque.com.
Out of Hand: Holizaar
St. Pete Craft Heroes are just that when it comes to providing a venue for local artists and makers to sell handmade wares. They’ve produced the Holizaar handmade bazaar for nine years, and it returns to the [email protected] on Saturday. Among the many unique items you’ll find to either give or keep this year are metal ornaments and art by local legend Frank Strunk III, fun collages from Iwearpartyhats and Crow and Lion Art Lamps (pictured), made by collaborative couple Calan Ree and Jim Morey. It happens11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. thestudioat620.org.