Top 5 Gift Ideas at Blim Market

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Blim Market is a unique addition to the ample craft fairs and indie markets of Vancouver. Not unlike its cohorts Got Craft? and the holiday season Make It!, Blim offers a smaller and cozier crowd of craft aficionados.

Sunday on Main Street offered up sunshine and coffee shops, cherry blossoms and bicycles, the epitome of spring in Vancouver. Within the walls of the Heritage Hall were a few dozen vendors with tables packed with every handmade gift idea possible. Being a regular attendee of craft fairs you start to see a pattern. The same basic items are tweaked and re-imagined into new and different designs.

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Here is a crash course of what to expect during your next visit to the Blim Market, which just so happens to be on Mothers Day *hint hint*. Take mom out for breakfast, mimosas and eggs benny on a patio in the May sunshine on the drive. Casually stroll into Blim at Astorinos on Venables between 12-6pm, promptly find that perfect heartfelt item that speaks to mom’s soul. Bask in the crowning of being child of the year. You’re welcome.

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Top 5 Gifts at Blim Market

1.) Stationery – Hand made paper, stamped, punched, embossed, with matching envelopes. The fashionable return of snail mail has of course brought every form of card, name tag, and papercraft known to man. Blim has these in droves. Get yourself a calligraphy pen, learn to use it and prepare to write letters to Nana that will be touted around the nursing home for ages.

2.) Hand-Made Candy – Specifically, chocolates. When I was a wee little girl, my mom used to painstakingly make chocolates for the holidays. Beautiful colors and fillings poured into molds, shiny and perfect. The artisans of Blim have learned that among every liquor on the planet, the two most incredible flavors are caramel and salt…point blank.

3.) Jewelry – Barbie parts, LEGO bits, tree branches, gemstones, clay, fimo, antlers, glass, ceramics, and every metal you could ever imagine. Carved and woven into elaborate shapes. Pieces that will never have a match anywhere because of its intricate detailing. Probably the most abundantly sold items of Blim.

4.) Vintage Clothing and Accessories – Vintage clothing and craft fairs are like two very hip little peas in the same pod. Those classic 1983 snakeskin boots will look absolutely bangin’ with that matching purse of the same era.

5.) Owls – Oh so many owls. sculpted little salt and pepper shakers, kiln fired plates and bowls, and hand sewn oven mitts…all with owls on them. The owl has been around for a long time. This is not some new fashionable animal, but like the unicorn before him, and the great rooster kitsch of the 90’s, owls are in their prime. Although on that note, pretty much anything is made immediately more crafty with the addition of a bird.

The moral of this story and coincidentally the motto of many of the craft fairs out there, skip the mall and opt for handmade gifts that fit the person, rather than the fad.

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Blim Market happens at the Heritage Hall every month. For upcoming dates and more information, check out blim.ca.

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