It's officially Buy Local Month. Oh yeah — and Black Friday weekend. And did we mention there's one month until Christmas? You get the picture, Charleston. If you're like the average American consumer, you're about to drop $700 on gifts for your friends and family. If you're already spending that much money you might as well spend it right here in town. Here are our top picks for Charleston area holiday markets. Enjoy.
For The Love of Local Pop-up, Itinerant Literate and Ink Meets Paper
Sat. Nov. 25
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ink Meets Paper
4411 Spruill Ave.
Come for: the free make-your-own gift wrap.
Stay for: the option to donate canned food to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Vendors and their goods: candles from MacBailey Candle Co.; vintage clothing from Frenchie Vintage; jewelry from Ana Richards; wooden items from pH Reclaimed; clothing from Park Circle Local Brand; books from Itinerant Literate; and prints, cards, and more from INK MEETS PAPER.
Celadon Sunday Flea
Sun. Nov. 26
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
2221 Noisette Blvd.
Come for: the free beer.
Stay for: live music and eats from Brunch Holiday.
Vendors and their goods: tassel jewelry from The Tiny Tassel; art from Modern South Studio; hand-stitched home decor from Stitchy Things; keychains, totes, wreaths, and more from Oysters all Around; prints from Tami Boyce Design; skincare products from Sea Island Apothecary; and prints and stationary from Island Haus Paperie.
- Old Village Holiday Street Fest
Old Village Holiday Street Fest
Thurs. Nov. 30
Come for: Santa at Pitt Street Pharmacy.
Stay for: sustenance from the Mac Daddy food truck.
Vendors and their goods: handmade soap from Old Whaling Co.; handmade jewelry from White Cotton Crafts; art, antiques, and home decor from The Green Shutter; apparel and accessories from Out of Hand; and chocolates from Cocoa Academic.
Sat. Dec. 2
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Stadium
360 Fishburne St.
OK, y'all, Crafty Bastards is a City Paper-sponsored event. You know what that means? It's gonna be awesome. Charleston's first Crafy Bastards (the arts and crafts fair started in D.C. and has been successfully truckin' along ever since) features over 80 vendors, food trucks like Dashi and Roadside Seafood, and a selection of local beers.
Come for: the insane number of vendors.
Stay for: a good cause! Tricounty Family Ministries will have a donation area set up where you can donate unwrapped children's toys.
Vendors and their goods: woodwork and sculptures from Amanda Robles; custom fabric baby swings from Be Little Swings; pen and ink drawings from Bone and Ink; vegan leather bags from Wayward Stitch; hand-lettered prints, cards, and keychains from The Town Serif; handmade hardwood cutting boards from Sawdust Wood Co.; copper and leather accessories from Penelope Design Studio; porcelain kitchen ware from LuneMer Porcelain; jewelry from Kate & Moose; baby bibs from Hemming Birds; and planters from Haegur.
Sat. Dec. 2
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Cigar Factory
701 East Bay St.
Come for: one-of-a-kind wreath-making.
Stay for: a drink (or two) from Merc & Mash.
Vendors and their goods: prints from Sam Sidney; turkish towels, enamel pins, pouches, and more from Charleston Weekender; kickass vintage clothes from Runaround Sue Vintage Boutique; reclaimed wood tables from Landrum Tables; knives from Middleton Made Knives; women's clothing from Coral Anchor Boutique; and handcrafted gold and silver jewelry from Christina Jervey Jewelry.
Carnes Crossroads Holiday Market
Sat. Dec. 9
Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads
513 Wodin Place
Come for: an appearance from Santa, duh.
Stay for: holiday music (which helps the gift-buying process, we promise).
Vendors and their goods: custom jewelry from JK Designs; books from Usborne Books & More; soaps, soy candles, and crochet bath items from Lunar Earth Collective; handcrafted wooden items from Swamp Wood; handlettered home decor from Charlie Pea Designs; and quilts from Windy's Whimsicals.
Johns Island Homegrown
Sat. Dec. 2
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johns Island County Park
2662 Mullet Hall Road
Come for: the pony rides.
Stay for: visits with Santa — set to live music from the V-Tones and members of Sol Driven Train.
Vendors and their goods: holistic pet care from All is Well; boutique baby wear from Tweedle Beedle; blended herbs and spices from Charleston Spice Company; bowls and candle holders from Cooper River Ceramic; charms, lockets, and bracelets from Origami Owl; and ornaments from Mauswares.
Still not enough? Here are some more pop-ups and markets around town.
Black Friday Vintage Sale, Fri. Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Red Rose Vintage at 424 King St.
Holiday Fest at Freshfields, Sat. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Freshfields Village, 149 Village Green Lane.
Ashborough Holiday Market, Sat. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ashborough Civic Association Building, 209 Ashborough Ave.
Shop Small at South Windermere, Sat. Nov. 25, all day, South Windermere Shopping Center in West Ashley.
Christmas Charity Boutique, Dec. 1-3, times vary, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 405 King St.
Cone10 Holiday Party, Fri. Dec. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Cone10 Studios, 1080-B Morrison Drive.
Holiday Market, Fri. Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m., Miller Gallery, 149 1/2 East Bay St.
Local Purveyors Pop-Up, Fri. Dec. 1 & 15, 4-6 p.m., King Charles Inn, 237 Meeting St.
Holiday Festival on Daniel Island, Sat. Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive.
Charleston Farmers Market: Holiday Market, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Marion Square.
Shadowmoss Market, Sat. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Shadowmoss Golf Club, 20 Dunvegan Drive.
Cannonborough/Elliotborough Holiday Sip & Stroll, Fri. Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m., Cannonborough neighborhood.