Four a.m. wake-up calls? Camping outside of electronics stores? Searching endlessly for parking spots at the mall?
This year, let's make a pact to put our post-Thanksgiving shopping hours to good use by visiting the local and lesser-known sales around town. Between vintage pop-ups and flea markets as well as museum sales and online promotions, there are plenty of ways to tackle your holiday shopping list without actually being tackled outside a Walmart.
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Mesa Arts Center's $24 For 24 Hours
'Tis the season for some truly discounted tickets. On Friday, November 28, Mesa Arts Center will be offering it's $24 for 24 Hours promotion. For one day only, customers can purchase seats for $12, $24, or $34, depending on the shows. Upcoming shows include Denise Jolly and Sonya Renee, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Elf. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500.
Store@SMoCA Black Friday
For those who like to get creative with their holiday shopping sprees, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a special Black Friday sale at the Store@SMoCA. Visitors can enjoy up to 60 percent off jewelry, ceramics, books, and other artsy knickknacks as well shipping and gift wrapping. Members will also receive an additional 10 percent off. All purchases will be tax-free and benefit SMoCA programs. For details, visit smoca.org.
If you'd rather skip the Black Friday madness, then mark your calendars for the annual Phoenix Flea on Saturday, November 29. The all-day shopping event will feature everything from vintage clothing and decor to handmade gifts for the holidays. These indie finds will be sold from more than 45 local vendors including JewelSmith, The Shine Project, State Forty Eight, Coast To Coast Mobile Vintage, Mint, The Betties, Jar of Buttons, Floating Specks, Overthrow Clothing, The Letter House, Indie Nook, and Letter Craft. To help shoppers fuel their flea-ing, there will be hot grub and cups of joe from Royal Coffee and food trucks such as Waffle Crush. The Phoenix Flea kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs till 6 p.m. at Heritage Square, 113 North Sixth Street. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Parking prices vary. To find out more, visit phoenixflea.tumblr.com.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
Ditch the heard and head to Cityscape for the Alternative Black Friday Market, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 28. The pop-up market will feature retro and handmade merchandise from local favorites like Antique Sugar, GROWop, Meat Market Vintage, Rare Scarf, and Zinnias At Melrose Mall. The Cityscape team will be handing out tote bags stuffed with gifts and coupons to the first 300 shoppers. Late-comers can also use the hashtag #MyABF on social media for a chance to win an Alternative Black Friday prize package. For more information, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com.
Downtown Mesa Indie Fest
The East Valley is going all out for Small Business Saturday with the Downtown Mesa Indie Fest. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 29, this free street fair will be offering live music, food, mom and pop shopping, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and DIY gift workshops. For more information, visit the Downtown Mesa Indie Fest on Facebook.
The three-day marketplace at the Heard Museum will be selling an array of Native holiday ornaments, including 20 featured pieces by Navajo silversmith Alex Sanchez, as well as decorative wreaths, books and other artist-made gifts such as pottery, baskets, and jewelry. Admission to the Ornamental Marketplace is free. Shopping hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 30. For more information, visit heard.org/event/ornament-market.
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Saturday Artists Market
All your family members agree: This year's holiday gifts should be less fartsy, more artsy. So instead of heading to the department store for another run-of-the-mill, soon-to-be-returned, pair of socks this season, you can shoot for something truly one-of-a-kind by visiting the Saturday Artists Market. The Black Friday-alternative sale will feature works by 20 locals artists including Tom Budzak, Cindy Casey, Jake Early, Pauly Edmunds, and Valerie Galloway. The Small Business Saturday Artists Market happens from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 29, at the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale. Admission to the market is free. Visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or call 480-499-8587.