Christmas at Hycroft House-24

‘Tis the season…for holiday craft fairs! I’ve just learned of a sweet little weekend event coming next month (December 15 and 16) to False Creek’s historic Salt Building: The Inaugural Great Canadian Craft Fair.

One Leaf Creations

The Great Canadian Craft Fair organization is a group of seasoned vendors and crafters ‘working like elves around the clock’ to make this craft fair the best of the bunch. The Salt Building will serve as the venue, an easily reached spot both by car and public transit routes (and a three-minute walk from the Olympic Village SkyTrain station). Here’s a list of craft fair vendors confirmed so far. More are being added daily.

In addition to the crafts for sale, there will be face painting, children’s story time, door prizes, and a food drive benefitting the Vancouver Food Bank.

Vista d Oro preserves

I think I’ll be able to get my husband out to this one, as it’s just across the way from the recently-opened Tap and Barrel. Ladies, this may be your best strategy! Enjoy a fun day of shopping with local flavour while skipping busy malls. Support local artisans in a festive holiday atmosphere. I hear that Santa is rumoured to make an appearance.

Great Canadian Craft Fair

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, 11 am to 6 pm
Venue: Salt Building, 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $15 (plus Eventbrite fee); available online (Kids 12 and under free). Book early for specially-discounted early-bird entry deals and a vendor goody bag!

1 Comment

  • Comment by karmacool — December 6, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    It’s a real cash grab. There is heavy construction going on around the Salt building, and only 8 possible spots for vendors to park—while Mark is telling them “plenty of parking!” There are some two hour spots, but that will just create havoc for the 200 crafters, plus their helpers. At least 400 people with nowhere to park. You can’t carry all your crafts on the bus!

    And $7-15 for tickets? Mark is not doing any paid advertising, as real fairs usually invest in. The 50k he’s taking from vendors is nearly pure profit. A few hundred to rent the building, and that’s it. He’s even charging vendors for the physical tables. Legit fairs charge nearly nothing for tickets, so vendors will be ensured attendees spend money on THEM, not line Mark’s pockets further. I would avoid this one.

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