This holiday season, I plan to shop local by heading out to the markets for local finds! To be honest, I don’t think I’ve been shopping at the mall in about a year and with the mad rush of Black Friday, and weekend shopping chaos, I am thinking enjoying a day out with the family, strolling around a local market is more my pace. With friends and family living all around the world, it’s fun to find local goods that remind me of Arizona and share a bit of our desert life with thoughtful gifts someone hand crafted.
Here are a few of the markets on my list to check out this year. I’ve never shopped ANY of these markets before, so it will be a totally new experience. Be sure to share your finds with us!!
- Front Porch Pickins, Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, EE 9am-11am and GA 11AM-7pm (4pm Sat.)
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305
Whether you eat, sleep, and bleed vintage, or you simply appreciate handmade and retro goods – Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market is the place to be! Known as Arizona’s LARGEST vintage market. RSVP on our event page (link above) for your chance to win 2 free early entry tickets!
Early Entry $20
9AM-11AM Friday and Saturday
General Admission $6
11AM-7PM Friday and 11AM-4PM Saturday
Discount- Kids 12 & under are FREE! First responders with ID, Military with ID, and Seniors 55+ can score $2 tickets on Friday during general admission hours (11AM-7PM). Tickets available on Ticketmaster.com (convenience fees apply) OR at the stadium box office (both cash & credit accepted at the door!) FREE PARKING!
- Church Mouse Boutique, Saturday, November 5th from 8:30am-4pm and Sunday, November 6th from 7:30am-1pm
Blessed Sacrament, N 64th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping this year and head on over to the Church Mouse Boutique. Featuring over 50 vendors, visit from Mrs. Claus, The Sweet Shoppe and Cafe Luncheon by Perk. Indoor and outdoor shopping. All handmade vendors. Free parking. Door prizes, silent auction, and raffle.
- King of Glory Holiday Market, Saturday, November 5th from 10am-2pm
King of Glory Lutheran Community, 2085 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282
The KOG campus will be buzzing with handmade and specialty product vendors, unique food trucks, our KOG Coffee Corner, outdoor live music, a fun photo booth area, childcare for kids up to 4 years old while visitors shop, and raffles. The Holiday Market is also a fundraising event befitting the kids of KOG Preschool.
- Briar Patch Marketplace, Friday-Sunday, November 25th, 26th and 27th, from 9am-5pm (4pm Sun.)
Horizon High School, 5601 E Greenway Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254
Briar Patch Marketplace is a family-owned business that began nearly thirty years ago in North Scottsdale and has grown into one of the largest and most unique arts and crafts shows in Arizona. Briar Patch provides one-stop shopping for unique gifts and holiday gifts, along with home and patio décor, jewelry, unique clothing, specialty foods and so much more.
- Phoenix Flea, Saturday, November 26 from 10am-5pm
Heritage Square, Downtown Phoenix, 115 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phoenix Flea on Small Business Saturday at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix! A Modern Market for Vintage, Fine Art, Handcrafted, Fashion, Artisan Food, & More. This is our 4th annual market on Small Business Saturday! This fall will be are biggest market yet! We’ve added more vendors, more food trucks, and more fun!
Hello Handmade Market, December 3 & 4 from 9 am-5pm
Phoenix Convention Center
Local Handmade and vintage finds.
- Cafeteria, Friday, December 2nd from 6-10pm
Frances Vintage, 10 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
100% handmade and local, featuring over 40 artists, live music and food. Cafeteria has been consistently voted the Best Indie Craft Festival in Phoenix. Hosted by Frances for over a decade, it brings together neighbors, unique local businesses, and 40 of Arizona’s top creators of handmade goods. Voted Best Boutique in Phoenix since 2006.
- Phoestivus, Thursdays, December 8th & 15th, from 5-10pm
Phoenix Public Market, 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Mark your calendars – Phoestivus is back for another year of unique gift shopping, beer sipping, local eats and, of course, plenty of holiday cheer. Join Phoenix Public Market in downtown Phoenix as we celebrate everything fun about the holiday season while shopping something special for everyone on our gift lists. Phoestivus happens annually in December and boasts over 130 local vendors. Enjoy our special craft beer, Phoestivus, brewed by The Phoenix Ale Brewery just for the occasion. Don’t miss all of the quirky Phoestivus features including Pheats of Strength, Airing of Grievances and take a photo with the Phoestivus Pole! The event is FREE. All ages welcome. Free parking available. We encourage you to ride your bike or take the light-rail (closest stop at Roosevelt) for the full downtown experience.
What markets are you heading to this holiday season?