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Seven holiday craft fairs worth your time

Calling all crafters. With the holiday season gearing up, it's time to take your knitting/beading/glass-blowing 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 Colón dcolon@tampabay.com

Oct. 25: Craft Roots

Vitals: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 info, including a list of vendors, visit craftroots.wordpress.com or email cigarcitycrafters@gmail.com.

Nov. 9: Handmade Holiday Bazaar

Vitals: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Fiberologie fabric store, 411 15th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Space fee: $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 e-mail handmadeholidaybazaar@gmail.com. They're looking for 35 vendors and are more than halfway there.

Nov. 13: Open House and Holiday Market

Vitals: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tampa Garden Club 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. You don't have to be a member to sell your jewelry, yard art and other wares at this annual event.

Space fee: Free, but 10 percent of your sales go to the nonprofit Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs. E-mail bskearney@hotmail.com or go to tampagardenclub.com. Deadline is Oct. 27.

Nov. 15-16: Christmas Under the Oaks

Vitals: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. This is the 32nd year for the arts and crafts festival, which is sponsored by the Clearwater Junior Woman's Club and the City of Clearwater. There's space for up to 200 vendors, but the jewelry category is full.

Space fee: For Saturday only, a single booth is $155; double booth is $200. For both days, a single booth is $175; double booth is $300. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarships, grants and community service projects. Call (727) 725-1414 or go to clearwaterjuniors.org.

Nov. 29-30: Buckler's 15th Annual Craft Fair

Vitals: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall. There are usually about 150 crafters at this fair. The jewelry category is full.

Space fee: $195 covers both days. Contact (386) 860-0092 or bpcrafts@cfl.rr.com. Details are at bpcraftfairs.com.

Nov. 30: The Holizaar: A Hand-Made Holiday Extravaganza!

Vitals: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Pete. The St. Pete Craft Heroes are putting on this event and are looking for anything handmade, besides jewelry.

Space fee: $40. To register, e-mail craftheroes@yahoo.com. Most of the 20 booths are already spoken for, but even if you can't get in, drop them a line so you'll be notified of future shows. Get details at craftheroes.com.

Dec. 5: Holiday Shuffle

Vitals: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Pete. The clubhouse has space for 20 vendors.

Space fee: TBA. E-mail craftheroes@yahoo.com.

Dec. 13: WMNF's Annual Holiday Bazaar

Vitals: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. Last year there were about 100 vendors. Crafters of all types are welcome, including jewelry, knitting, glass and soaps. The holiday gift sale will be in the ballroom and outside, plus live music all day in the theater and courtyard.

Space fee: $75 for an indoor booth or $50 for outside. Benefits WMNF-FM 88.5. Deadline is Nov. 5. Contact (813) 865-8261 or carrie@wmnf.org.

Seven holiday craft fairs worth your time 10/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 16, 2008 5:32pm]
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