From handbags to hummus, the Circle Craft Christmas market gave Vancouverites a chance to source one-of-a-kind gifts before the festive shopping rush.
Hundreds of market booths selling everything from Christmas stockings to salmon pate at the Vancouver Convention Centre from November 7 to 11 shared one thing in common; their products were all hand-crafted or made in small batches.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Circle Craft Christmas market, an annual event run by the Vancouver-based craft cooperative of the same name.
Animal busts made from felt (Felt Factory), salt and pepper grinders crafted from logs (Peppermills.ca) and B.C.-made cranberry puddings (Cranberry Creek) were just some of the miscellany of items available at the market.
In addition to helping shoppers find one-of-a-kind gifts, the annual display was also an opportunity to source some unique cuisine for their Christmas dinner table. The busiest corner of the market was Gourmet Alley, where most of the sellers were offering tastings. Some of the treats being sampled include curry currant hummus from Bean Boy Creations (West Kelowna, B.C.), salmon pate from The Fishery (Salt Spring Island, B.C.) and beer jelly from Lone Willow Enterprises (Ladner, B.C.).
Other market highlights included beautiful wooden vases from Atelier L’Eclisse (Grondines, QC), traditional wooden board games from Michaud Toys (Jarvis, ON), quirky plush pillows from Velvet Moustache (Montreal, QC) and stylish leather handbags from Divina Denuevo (Vancouver, B.C.).
While most of the booths were dedicated to finished items for sale, there were also opportunities to purchase tools and kits for making your own crafts. Needleboxes Etc. (Whitehorse, YT) had kits for making elaborate needle boxes and Local King Rubber Stamp (N. Vancouver, B.C.) sold intricate stamp designs and coloured inks.
Fashion shows featuring clothing by market designers were also held daily.
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