Thanksgiving with Dad & Black Friday at the Brazen Betties Indie Craft Fair

I hope all of my US readers had wonderful Thanksgivings, and all of my international readers had wonderful weekends! :) I spent my Thanksgiving with my Dad, Aunt Kathy, Uncle Ray, Stan, and Jill!

Friday, I vended at the Brazen Betties Indie Craft Fair in Torrington and it was a blast! I made a good amount of sales, and lots of people stopped to chat with me about why it’s so important to buy from independent, local, small businesses, so I was happy to see that many others are doing their own versions of a Conscientious Christmas Challenge.

I didn’t have Jill with me for this craft fair, so you’ll have to excuse the slightly grainy iPhone photos. Not everyone can be a stellar photographer ;) This fair was a lot smaller than the Manchester Art Association fair, so I got to travel a bit, see other booths, and make new friends!

This is Ali Smith and she is just an all-around cool person. She’s a graphic designer, she makes jewelry, she lives about 5 minutes from me, and she plays roller derby. We are definitely going to be hanging out soon. Check out her Etsy shop, Birds and Beads.

Rachel DeCavage runs Sugar Plum Designs and makes some of the coolest aprons and skirts I’ve ever seen. I bought one of her shirts {above} and wore it yesterday.

I also bought this sweet mug from Matt Guerette, who was selling handmade pottery. I’m actually drinking green tea out of it now. :)

How did you spend Black Friday and Small Business Saturday? Did you do some independent shopping?


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