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How is it already December? Sheesh! We've been printing like mad over here at Smudge Ink HQ. And in between I've been busy preparing for some upcoming holiday craft/art markets. I thought I'd pass along more info in case anyone's seeking out products designed and made by local artisans (or just want to come and say hi!). You'll be sure to find some great crafts, art, jewelry, records, baked goods, handmade toiletries, vintage clothing and more to stuff those stockings with!

Today (12/2) and tomorrow (12/3) is the JP Holiday Flea presented by Seek & Find (who hosted the zine-fair I participated in back in August) and La Piñata. The flea brings together over 70 local and Latin American artists, crafters, weavers, and woodworkers for a 2-day fair. You'll find us at Spontaneous Celebrations right by the Stony Brook T stop off the Orange line. Hours are today from 1-6 pm and Saturday from noon-5 pm.

Next Sunday (12/11), I'll be at the infamous Black Market at the Cambridge Elks Lodge located at 55 Bishop Allen Drive in Central Square. This bi-monthly event is coordinated by Boston Hassle (a non-profit organization which promotes and organizes arts and music events around town) and Ignore Rock’n’Roll Heroes (an mostly-online punk culture focused shopping extravaganza based out of Brooklyn).

The holiday Black Market is easily the busiest, biggest of the year, so make sure to get there early! It runs from 11 am-5 pm. This event brings together all sorts of characters, from punk record vendors and pop-up vintage clothing stores to soap-makers and tarot card readings. While the basement gets pretty packed with shoppers, you can find a moment of peace at the bar. Yes, you heard me right, someone in this town figured out that a High Life pairs nicely with holiday shopping madness.

While these are the holiday markets I’ll be tabling at, there are a number of other markets coming up in the next couple weeks, including CraftBoston Holiday, Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair - The Loft!, and Krampus Pop-up Holiday Market

Happy shopping, Smudgeons!