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Thursday, November 28, 2013


As I type this blog post on Thanksgiving evening, some of you might already have blown your holiday gift budget at big box stores, or will before the weekend is over. (Having worked as a retail merchandiser in the past, I know for a fact how phony most of those "sales" really are.) Instead of buying more junk made in China, how about opting for a different sort of Black Friday Sale plus a one-day shopping opportunity that will let you give gifts as unique and special as the recipients?
In a previous post I wrote about Second Use, the retail store that offers shoppers the fun of finding a "second use" for surprising treasures resulting from architectural salvage. Now you can shop from a selection of gifts made by 25 local artisans.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1
3223 6th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134
Artist Crystal Moore created this very cool upcycled pipe lamp. I love it!
Here's how Second Use describes this fun event (see it on Facebook too):
"Some people love making things by hand so much that they want to share the things they've made with others.  They perceive the potential in materials, envision what can be done with them, and enjoy the process of making.  We have an opportunity December 1 to experience the creativity and skill of some of these artisans first hand at Second Use's first ever Handmade Market.  When you talk with the artisans and buy their products, you are celebrating the uniqueness of handmade things, the value of doing something with care rather than just quickly and cheaply.  Come and share in the inspiration and gift of community where one person makes something for another."

Part of the fun is the discovery of so many creative crafters in the Puget Sound area. I've listed the vendors below, but take a look at another one-of-a-kind piece, this one made by Hammer Like a Girl.


Gorgeous jewelry by Kurstyn Schober would please someone on your list

Vendors at Handmade Market
Carol Clifford - Orange House Press- Stationary and Posters 
Charles Warinkse - Live Garden Art
Connie Conley - Record Trays & Metal Art 

Crystal Moore - Upcycled Lamps, Wreaths, and Housewares
Cyndi Moring - Embellished Boxes
Dan Kevil - Art
Gay Thrush - Terrariums, Wreaths, Mosaic Art
Hammer Like a Girl - Salvage Made Housewares 

Ivy Cheung - Homegrown Lavender & Lavender Products
Julie Flintoff - Custom Birdhouses
Julie Saul & Amy Dedrickson - Found Object Jewelry
Katherine Podany - Felted Goods & Toys
Ken Okins - Custom Birdhouses
Klaudia Keller - Cashmere Fingerless Gloves
Kurstyn Schober - Jewelry & Housewares
LaDonna Colp & Margie Cook - Jewelry & Knitwear
Linda Morrison - Paper Mache, Garland, & Sculpture
Lindsey Stone - Beaded Jewelry, Ornaments, & Sculpture
Nightshade Rose Studio - Metal & Enamel Jewelry & Art
Patrice Lidgren & Michelle Johnson - Jewelry & Knitwear
Pieced Together Design - Felted Housewares & Cards 

Sarah Eggert- Mason Jar Tumblers - Upcycled Bags, & Trays
Sheena McNeice - Reclaimed & Refinished Housewares
Taj Schade - Gift Wrapping (You can even have your purchases wrapped!)
Tincher Woodworks & Design - Wooden Housewares
Thatch & Hoek - Salvage Sourced Housewares 

Want to see more?
Handmade cards are gifts themselves.

How about a collage hook?
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