If you like to spend your weekends knitting/beading/glass-blowing, etc., it's time to take your obsession from hobby to hustle. Shoppers looking for unique holiday gifts would go gaga for your handmade wares. Connect with them, and support some good causes, by selling your stuff at a local bazaar. Dalia Colon, Times staff writer
Vitals: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Volunteers of America of Florida headquarters, 1205 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. This event is presented by Cigar City Crafters, a Tampa crafting group that promotes creating and selling handmade products. There's room for 27 crafters, with about a dozen already registered. This event is the same day as Guavaween, so that should generate good traffic to your table.
Registration: $50. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Volunteers of America of Florida, which helps provide self-sufficiency for the homeless. For information, including a list of vendors, visit craftroots.wordpress.com or send an e-mail to [email protected]
Handmade Holiday Bazaar
Vitals: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the parking lot of Fiberologie fabric store, 411 15th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Fiberologie will also be open, so that should generate good traffic.
Registration: $40 for an 8- by 5-foot space or $60 for a 10- by 10-foot space. Download the vendor application at handmadeholidaybazaar.blogspot.com or send an e-mail [email protected] They're looking for 35 vendors max, and they're filling up.
Open House and Holiday Market
Vitals: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. You don't have to be a club member to sell your jewelry, yard art and other wares at this annual event.
Registration: Free, but 10 percent of your sales must go to the Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs, a nonprofit. E-mail [email protected] or go to tampagarden club.com. Deadline is Monday.
Christmas Under the Oaks
Vitals: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. This is the 32nd year for the arts and crafts festival, which is sponsored by Clearwater Junior Woman's Club and the city of Clearwater. There's space for 200 vendors, but the jewelry category is full.
Registration: For Saturday only, a single booth is $155, a double booth is $200. For both days, a single booth is $175, a double booth is $300. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarships, grants and community service projects. Call (727) 725-1414 or go to clearwaterjuniors.org.
Buckler's 15th annual Craft Fair
Vitals: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Entertainment Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Usually about 150 crafters attend this fair; the jewelry category is full.
Registration: $195 covers both days. Contact (386) 860-0092 or [email protected] Details are at bpcraftfairs.com.
The Holizaar: A Hand-Made Holiday Extravaganza!
Vitals: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The St. Pete Craft Heroes, organizers of this event, are looking for anything handmade besides jewelry.
Registration: $40. A portion of proceeds will go to a charity to be announced. To register, e-mail [email protected] Most of the 20 booths are spoken for, but even if you can't get in this time, drop them a line so you'll be notified of future craft shows. Get details at craftheroes.com.
Vitals: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. The clubhouse has space for 20 vendors.
Registration: Fee and deadline are not yet set. E-mail [email protected]
WMNF's annual Holiday Bazaar
Vitals: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Crafters of all types are welcome. The holiday gift sale will be in the ballroom and outside; there also will be music all day in the theater and courtyard.
Registration: $75 for an indoor booth, $50 for outside. Fee benefits WMNF-FM 88.5. Deadline is Nov. 5. Contact (813) 865-8261 or [email protected]