Shop Small this Holiday at these Upcoming Events!

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It’s been quiet on the blog lately because I’m gearing up for the holiday season! Here’s where you’ll find me in the next few weeks:

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Shop Small Bus Crawl at Cinder & Salt

Saturday, November 28 | 10am – 8pm | 520 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the best of Connecticut’s makers! Yelp Hartford is sponsoring this amazing unique shopping experience: the Shop Small Bus Crawl! Hop on a bus at Hartford Prints!, then stop in at Cinder & Salt‘s soft opening on Main Street in Middletown (that’s where I’ll be!), and finish the day at Vintanthromodern, New Haven’s coolest vintage clothing spot. The bus has already sold out, but you can still swing by any of the above businesses. They’re all hosting pop-up shops with local artisans + complimentary cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. + boozy drinks.

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Holiday Maker’s Market at New Britain Museum of American Art

Friday, December 4 | 5:30pm – 8pm | 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052

Stop in for art, live music, local shopping, great food & drinks! It’s NBMAA’s annual Holiday Maker’s Market! I’ll be in good company with Cinder & Salt, Hartford Prints! Kate Stephen Jewelry, Riverdog Prints, Treefort Naturals, and so many other talented Connecticut makers.

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Holiday HVN hosted by Happiness Lab at The Grove

Saturday, December 5 | 2pm – 9pm | 756 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

More details to come, but right now the local vendor lineup for Holiday HVN is pretty spectacular! I’ll be in good company with B. Meyer Studio, CityLove, Grand Vin, A Happy Life, Hot Blood, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Lunch Box 23, Peterson Sweater Co., Rayne Home Decor, Stonehill Design, Strange Ways, and Vintanthromodern.

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Upcoming Holiday Events

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I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop.

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Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up! 
B:Hive Bridgeport
285 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Get details & directions here.

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Saturday, November 22: 10am – 4pm: Canton Holiday Craft Fair
Canton High School Gymnasium
76 Simonds Ave
Canton, CT 06019
Raffle proceeds and vendor fees benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Fund.
Get details & directions here.

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Celebrate Shelton Downtown Handmade Market
Conti Building
415 Howe Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

Dates:
Black Friday, November 28: 6pm – 9pm
Small Business Saturday, November 29: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 20: 10am – 3pm
Get details & directions here.

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Thursday, December 4: 6pm – 10pm: NoRA’s First Thursday
NoRA Cupcake Company
700 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
Get details & directions here.

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Poor & Pretty Black Friday Deals!

My Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals were so popular last year that I brought them back! Save on my handmade, vegan soaps & balms now through Monday. Here are the deets:

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The Cupcake Trio ~ three Cupcake Soaps for $20, a $24 value!

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The Sweet Deal ~ One Cupcake Soap, one Jar of Frosting, one Coco Balm for just $22, a $26 value!

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The Sweetest Deal ~ Two Cupcake Soaps, one Jar of Frosting, one Coco Balm, and one Coco Body Balm for $40, a $46 value!

Hurry, these deals end Monday, December 2nd! Deals can not be combined with any other discounts.

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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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