Bounty Hunter: The (Shopping) Holy Grail at First Friday
1. The indie Crafeteria
The adorable Frances Vintage boutique at 10 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix will host 30 independent artists offering everything from knit scarves to calendars from 6-10 p.m. this Friday. That's in addition to the shop's hip gift choices, like vintage-y looking belt buckles, handmade plush toys and embroidered wallets. Local folk singer Courtney Marie Andrews provides the tunes...
2. The Roosevelt Row outdoor marketplace
Having lived in the Pacific Northwest last year, I got spoiled by the funky merchants of the Portland Saturday Market. Seriously, where in Phoenix can you get a handmade duct tape wallet printed with ninjas and bacon??? Roosevelt Row's eclectic First Friday tents are starting to have that same indie vibe. A few treasures I found last month: bottle cap jewelry, Edward Gorey magnets and Poppa Maize's addictive peppermint, nut and cranberry-laced holiday popcorn, which tastes like "Christmas in a bag." Hungry yet?
3. eye lounge's famous 6x6 sale
I do love a good bargain, and eye lounge at 419 E. Roosevelt has 6x6 inch pieces of art for just $40 starting on Friday night! (If you don't get out to galleries much, that's waaay cheap for an original piece.) Over 40 local artists are participating; proceeds benefit the space and its artist members.
4. Alwun House craft fair
The gallery's annual Gift and Collectible Sale opens Friday night from 6-10 p.m. Sip some free tea or hot cider and peruse locally made arts & crafts with prices starting at $5. Sweet (on both counts)!
5. Festival of the Arts
You caught me. This one's actually in Tempe, in and around downtown Mill Avenue. If none of the First Friday goodies ring your holiday bell, or you're stuck on the east side without transpo, this is the place to go. With 3 gajillion merchant booths (a scientifically semi-accurate estimate based on previous visits) offering treats from pickles to pottery to printed tees, you're bound to find something picky Aunt Ida won't want to return.