Crafty Balboa Holiday: With more than 60 local art vendors in attendance, everyone on your list should be covered. If you’re shopping for your sister or mom, check out Penelope Rakov’s colorful blown jewelry and the sophisticated yet quirky textiles and wares of Kaye Rachelle Designs. For the men in your life, consider one of Recycled Rowhouse’s revamped pieces of furniture or the folklore-inspired books and prints of Huldra Press. This year’s event will also feature two fun new additions: a holiday-themed photo booth and a live print-your-own-wrapping-paper demo from South Philly’s mobile art studio, ColorWheels. Be one of first 50 shoppers to arrive and you’ll even score a free goodie bag. 11am. Free. SS Neumann Goretti High School, 1736 S. Tenth St.
Holiday Second Saturday: Before and/or after you hit up Crafty Balboa, be sure to stick around and wander through the neighborhood, as there will be all sorts of festivities going down. From 1-3pm, follow the holly jolly tunes of strolling musicians as they make their way up and down East Passyunk Avenue and stop by the Alphabet Garden (1631 EPA) to get your photo taken with Santa. Meanwhile, Sermania Jewelry (1719 EPA) will be slashing prices on their selection of bling and from 6-10pm., Nice Things…Handmade (1731 EPA) will host its 3rd Annual Ornament Show. Last but not least, grab a beer at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar (1200 EPA) where Traveling Wares will be presenting an art and craft show to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Various times and locations.
DIY Christmas Gift Workshop: Save yourself some cash and get a little crafty as a group of skilled artists and crafters show you how to make everything from ornaments and homemade vanilla extract to a homemade clock and wreath. Some gifts may cost a few bucks, others are free. 12-4pm. $0-$10. Circle of Hope, 1115 S. Broad St.
Book Paper Scissors: Put down your Kindles and iPad for one afternoon and join the Philadelphia Center for Books in celebrating both old-school and contemporary book arts, printmaking and paper crafts. An array of vendors will be setting up shop inside the Free Library for this annual book fair, selling hundreds of affordable paper-based creations—everything from zines and origami to paper sculpture and jewelry. Meanwhile, guests of all ages have a chance to explore these art forms themselves during one of two free workshops. 10am. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Rejoice Craft Event: Tis the season to recycle and reuse! The skilled craftsmen (and craftsladies?) of Handmade Philly will be leading a workshop all afternoon, guiding the not-so-crafty in making their very own gifts and decoration. Not only will you be getting their advice and assistance free of charge, but all necessary supplies will be included. The Resource Center, a nonprofit center championing the creative reuse of various discarded materials, will have plenty of affordable, reclaimed materials for sale. Oh, and to top it all off, Philadelphia Brewing Co. will be bringing along some refreshments. 12-5pm. Free. The Resource Exchange, 2829 Cedar St.
Punk Rock Flea Market: Ah yes, the shopping event I’ve waited all year for. At this point, I probably don’t need to say very much about R5’s Productions’ annual shopping extravaganza considering how insane the turn out is. Though I swear they say this every year, supposedly this is going to be their “biggest one yet!” with over three hundred tables of anything and everything your heart could possibly desire. Personally, I find the best deals are with the miscellaneous personal vendors selling their unwanted items. Seriously, who sells a perfectly good pair of kitten heel shoes for $3? 10am-5pm. $3. The Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome, 461 N. Ninth St.
Sculpere Burn Workshop & Jewelry Sale: Looking to shed a few more lbs before Christmas, but still have some shopping to do? No worries, local designer and owner of Adorn Boutique, Sarah Lewis is going to help you kill two birds with one stone. Discover the Sculpere Burn, an intense full body workout that speeds up your heart rate ballet and slows it down with intervals of yoga, before heading downstairs and rewarding yourself with complimentary mimosas and 30 percent off the boutique’s amazing selection of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, clothing and gifts. 12-2pm. Free. Adorn Boutique, 1314 Frankford Ave.
Schuylkill Center’s Winterfest: Do a little shopping and a little crafting. A total of 25 local eco-artists will be onsite selling lovely gifts while other artists will be leading several different workshops throughout the day should you want to your own. Your options: a wreath, ornaments, cards/stationary, recycled art and jewelry. Starting at 6 p.m., you’ll even have a chance to do a little star gazing as you roast marshmallows on a campfire. 2-8pm. Free. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road.
Fri., 5pm-9pm. Free. @ Arcadia NoLibs (819 N. 2nd St.)
In addition to celebrating the opening of SPACE JUNK—the latest work of local artists, Mallory Anita Lawson and Victoria Marion May—Arcadia is hosting their annual Holiday Trunk Show featuring the bad-ass jewelry of Concrete Polish and Fleathers & Rabid Fox as well as Melissa Yerkes’ line of handmade candles. And, as always, the boutique will be offering snacks and drinks while Copout & John Roebas provide the tunes. Their gift to you: 15 percent off all clothes and shoes and a free Arcadia tote with purchases of $50 or more.
Sat., 1pm-4:30pm @ Bridgewater’s Pub (30th St. Station)
Since the first Philly Type-IN about a year ago, similar ad hoc events have been popping in cities across the U.S. So that should tell you something. If you’re not familiar, basically the event celebrates the revival of the typewriter with a day full of activities: a typewriter swap and sale, a typing speed challenge (the winner of which will receive a typewriter) and a chance to write a typewritten letter (postage and stamps provided).
Sat., 10am-4pm. $5. A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave.)
Sure it might be better to give than receive, but giving and receiving is really what life’s all about. Meet new people and find some new winter duds while simultaneously unloading all those garments currently cluttering up your closet and drawers. Find an awesome handbag or sweater that needs a little fixing? No worries—a sewing station stocked with buttons, ribbon and fabric will be conveniently located right on site. There’s a $5 entrance fee which will go directly to the A-Space and anything left over at the end of the day will be taken off your hands and donated to Philly AIDS Thrift, thus helping raise money for AIDS-based charities. So come reduce, reuse and recycle your wardrobe!
Sat., 1pm-5pm. $20. @ The Hactkory (1524 Brandywine St.)
Why pay for quirky recycled jewelry when you can make your own? During this workshop, you’ll learn basic jewelry-making skills including design ideas, basic soldering and assembly skills, and how to choose materials for creating your own jewelry and small sculpture. Oh, and since people will no doubt inquire about you’re unique creation, you’ll also learn a little some stuff about new and old electronic parts.
Sun., 10am-5pm. $3. @ The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (9th & Spring Garden)
I’ve written about the PRFM so many times now that I don’t really know what to say anymore except, IT’S FUCKING AWESOME, SO GO! With over 300 tables of cool stuff—old records, clothes, art, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards, jewelry, ect—this will be one of the biggest yet. And because this is the “Holiday Edition,” R5 Productions is hosting a record fair across the street at Starlight Ballroom.
Sun., 6pm. Free. @ O’Neal’s (611 S. 3rd St.)
If you’re holiday shopping has already put you in a hole, time to take a DIY approach. Pick up some tricks while watching a few demos on easy-to-make crafts or bring along something you’re already working on—crafters off all levels are welcomed. There will be extra supplies on hand for you to buy at-cost. The bar also has some bagin’ food and drink specials.
Sun., Noon-5pm. Free. @ Ten Thousand Villages (1122 Walnut St.)
During this five-hour benefit, 15 percent of every purchase made at Ten Thousand Villages—which carries fair trade jewelry, home décor and gifts from artisans across the globe—will be donated to the local non-profit domestic violence agency, Women In Transition. In honor of the event, the store will be offering refreshments and featuring beautiful handcrafted items from two women artisan groups: All Pure Nature Ventures in Ghana and Manushi in Nepal.
We’ll admit it, over here at PW Style Blog we love ourselves some locally-made, handmade, check-this-out-it’s-so-DIY-made stuffs. What can we say, we are big fans of seeing our readers go out and make shit in addition to being major supporters of all things made near and in our beautiful city. We are avid fans of blogs like Handmade in P.A. and Philly Makes and constantly perusing the racks of events like the Art Star Craft Bazaar and the Punk Rock Flea Market.
With that in mind, this list of “20 Artisanal Terms You Need to Know” put together by Details Magazine this month is making me giggle while admitting that I pretty much love anything that throws one of these terms into its title and or in the description of the contents found within. Check it out, Details.com is getting all handmade this month and PW Style Blog is all about it!
This week’s installment in Emily G’s Increasingly Less Unsubstantiated Dislike of the Piazza at Schmidt’s (parse THAT!), it’s… this:
And indeed, the management at the Piazza appears to be ripping off the names of established Philly events. On their event listings, the “Piazza Punk Rock Flea Market” is July 10 and 11 (R5 Productions is still confirming the summer venue details for the original Punk Rock Flea Market), and the “Art Craft Bazaar” bears a resemblance in name and purpose to the Art Star Craft Bazaar, which will happen this year on May 15 and 16 at Penn’s Landing.
Previously: The Piazza: Kind of dumb.
Table reservations for R5’s Christmastime Punk Rock Flea Market, which will be back at the Starlight Ballroom on Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20, are supposed to open today, according to their facebook:
Sorry, Wayne, but the link doesn’t seem to have been posted yet. But we’ve got other things to do, so if you’re really interested in getting a well-situated table to sell your crafts, records or just random old crap at the PRFM, keep an eye on R5’s website today.
Punk Rock Flea Market
Sun., Feb. 1, 10am-4pm. $3. Electric Factory, Seventh and Willow sts. 866.468.7619. www.r5productions.com
Since the Eagles screwed up and won’t be on the road to victory, ease your pain with retail therapy at the Punk Rock Flea Market. Expect typical flea market items as well as crafts and music. And for those who still give a damn about football, you’ll be home for kick-off.
Bruce Springsteen Halftime Show
Sun, Feb. 1, Halfway through that big football game this weekend, FOX
True story: “Born to Run” is almost entirely responsible for my successful relationship. My love for The Boss is unabashed. Sure, I’d way rather see him in person, but I’ll take what I can get. Especially if it includes my favorite feel good anthem, which it damn well better.