Monday, December 03, 2012

Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show

Sunday afternoon I checked out Bazaar Bizarre, the big indie craft fair, at the Concourse Exhibition Center. A friend neatly sums up the artwork at these fairs as "owls, bikes & whales." The event was well-attended, & most of the merchandise, vendors & shoppers could fairly be described as "cute." Many of the attendees were families. I felt like I was in a nursery school.

Old maps were a popular item to upcycle. Here Granny Panty Designs folded origami flowers out of them.

A serious-looking fellow showed me a menu of squiggly, whimsical images that he could draw with a sewing machine. He used a bicycle to charge the battery that ran his machine.

I did not expect to see the many food items for sale, all with really nice packaging. Sweet Lauren Cakes, based in Bernal Heights, offered cakepops in packages that could have come off the shelves of an up-scale retail shop.

T-WE's colorful labels & tidy boxes made their boutique tea blends look very appealing.

The folks of Milton & Small sold out their cold brew coffee, poured into bottles that made the product look like an old-timey patent medicine.

All this hand-made stuff is not cheap, but most of the vendors I asked seemed to be having a good weekend. I saw several attendees wandering the aisles drinking wine out of plastic cups.

§ Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco
Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd 2012
Concourse Exhibition Center

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