The holiday season is just around the corner and that means it is time for shopping local at area bazaars and markets. The weekend of Nov. 9-11 will host the largest number of holiday shopping events in Northeast Tennessee, providing great options for homemade and one of a kind gifts, while supporting local craftsmen and artists. Here is a list of local markets happening this weekend:
Made Around Here Market (Jonesborough)
Each year thousands flock to Jonesborough to browse through the various vendors’ booths, explore hundreds of skillfully handcrafted items and enjoy this one-of-a-kind craft show. Now in its 37th year, Made Around Here Market has grown to be a tradition for many in creating a unique shopping experience. At Made Around Here Market, you’ll discover pieces from local and regional artisans and crafters, as well as residents from surrounding states. All items are handmade, some examples include, pottery, paintings and varied mediums, photographs, screen-printed items, seasonal décor, holiday gifts, leather items, wood carvings, and others. Made Around Here Market will be held on November 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. inside the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, as well as an additional marketplace located outside in the main parking lot area.
Makers Market Gets Merry (Jonesborough)
Join Jonesborough’s newest artisan market, Mill Spring Market, as they kick off the holidays and make the market “merry!” Local artists and craftsmen will debut their holiday items and as the schedule of seasonal classes is released and available for sign up. With a variety of home decor, accessories and gift ideas for folks to get ready for Christmas and shop.
Traveling Bazaar (Limestone)
The Traveling Bazaar’s Goal is to bring high quality handmade items from small business in the area. This popular event features something for everyone in an enjoyable environment to shop, and therefore support excellent small businesses with a variety of wonderful products. The bazaar will be held on November 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Harvest Acres Farms in Limestone, Tennessee.
Christmas Connection (Kingsport)
Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors in the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. The show feautres holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more. In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side. Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education.
Winter Wonderland Craft Show (Erwin)
This local craft show features 25 vendors from throughout the region. The show is Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Erwin.
Antioch Craft Fair (Johnson City)
Antioch Baptist Church will host a craft fair on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.
Greene County Festival of Trees Open House (Greeneville)
Don’t have time to decorate for the holidays? Nine days of silent auction fun featuring more than 50 items decorated and donated by area businesses kicks off Nov. 11 with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Items include wreaths, centerpieces, trees and more, available for purchase via silent auction until noon on Nov. 20.
Do you know of a holiday shopping event this weekend? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.