You can shop online or wait in front of a big box store after Thanksgiving dinner to get the best Black Friday deals, but you can also peruse the aisles of Brooklyn's best annual holiday markets. These nine markets highlight some of Brooklyn's best indie artists, makers, and vendors and are the ideal place to pick up a thoughtful handmade gift.
If you're not a fan of custom-made items, you can search for antiques, vinyl records, and kitschy gifts at many of these markets. For those who want to buy local, numerous items at these well-curated markets were not only designed by also made in Brooklyn.
From November until Christmas, holiday markets are the place to find unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, and you might be tempted to pick up a few things for yourself. Add these markets to your holiday shopping list. All of these are annual events, and a handful of these markets run year round, so if you've missed a market this year, keep it in mind for next year. If you're on the hunt for more places to shop, check out these gift shops and shopping streets.
Here's the scoop on what you'll find, when they take place, and where to find these markets.
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What You'll Find: The Brooklyn Flea sets up their winter home in Industry City. With 50 vendors selling handmade holiday candles, knitted scarves and hats and, a fine selection of vintage clothing. There will be 10 mouthwatering Smorgasburg spots on-site, as well as a bar featuring brews, wine, and cocktails.
The Date: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all winter
Where: Industry City at 241 37th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. After you finish shopping, explore this cool neighborhood.
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What You'll Find: This holiday season, FAD Market presents a four-part market experience. Three curated makers' markets and an artisanal food pop-up will take place over three weekends in December. Over 200 independent designer-makers showcasing unique handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings will display their wares. Enjoy locally crafted food and drinks.
The Date: Weekends in December
Where: December 1st and 2nd, and December 8th and 9th, will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and December 8th and 9th, and 15th and 16th, will take place at City Point at 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn.
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What You'll Find: Fine art lovers should visit the annual American Fine Craft Show at the Brooklyn Museum. Produced and directed by Richard & Joanna Rothbard, founders of An American Craftsman Galleries located in midtown Manhattan, the show will be held in Brooklyn Museum's Beaux-Arts Court.
90 juried contemporary artists and designers will have things on display for purchase. Shop for handmade ceramics, jewelry, glass, furniture, wood, metal, mixed media, wearable and decorative fiber at this two-day craft show.
An added plus, admission to the American Fine Craft Show includes admission to the Brooklyn Museum. The gift shop will be open as well.
The Date: Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: Adults $16, Seniors $14, Students $10, children under 12 free. Cash only at the door.
Where: The Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
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What You'll Find: Make shopping fun at this bazaar which has a DJ, a photo booth, kid-friendly activities, and other events. The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar showcases the best of Brooklyn under one roof.
buy hand-made bags, jewelry, knit goods, and many other great gifts. Food vendors provide a variety of enticing snack and lunch items.
The Date: Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, 2018 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free Admission.
Where: The Green Building and 501 Union Street, GowanusContinue to 5 of 8 below.
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What You'll Find: The BUST Craftacular Holiday edition has over two hundred juried vendors creating unique handmade or small run crafts and products. With fairs in London, Los Angeles and Boston, this New York City holiday fair is a favorite for all crafty folks.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn crafts and will take away items made from scratch. You can try your hands at classic crafting skills such as macrame and cross-stitch, dive deep into herbalism and participate in a variety of exciting educational workshops.
The Date: Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9, 2018
Where: Brooklyn Expo Center 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Cost: There's a three dollar entrance fee and you can purchase the tickets at the door.
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What You'll Find: You don't need an excuse to spend an afternoon at the trendy William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, but now you'll have one. For those familiar with the market, it was held outdoors in the summer, but they are heading indoors for the holiday season. Pick up some cool goods and listen to groovy tunes as a DJ spins while you shop. Before you plan your shopping trip, consider making reservations for a drink or to just soak in the views and some casual fare at Westlight, the hotel's 22nd-floor rooftop bar, it's a perfect way to end the day.
The Date: Please see the event website for 2018 information.
Where: The William Vale 111 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg
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What You'll Find: There will be shopping, free fun activities, live music, and festive cocktails at the annual Greenpointers holiday market at the Brooklyn Bazaar. Last year the market had fifty vendors selling everything from chocolate to candles, and tarot card readers and henna tattoos. If you want to have a festive shopping experience, head to this annual holiday market where you can find homemade goods and dine on artisanal doughnuts. If you don't have your picture picked out for your holiday cards, don't forget to take a festive holiday photo at their photo booth.
The Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Admission is free.
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What You'll Find: With locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, since 2003, this Williamsburg market is home to 75+ individual sellers every weekend. Artists & Fleas has an international reputation among buyers, trend-spotters and creative entrepreneurs as a place to showcase and discover what's new and exciting in fashion, vintage, art, design and more.
Open weekends and located in the heart of Williamsburg, the market, is the perfect spot to pick up jewelry, records, clothing and other goods.
The Date: Weekends, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: 70 North 7th in Williamsburg