If you’re looking for easy-going shopping events and local vendors for your holiday shopping, you're in luck. You'll find plenty of Phoenix-area marketplaces popping up from Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27.
Here’s a look at the vintage markets, art sales, handmade items, and assorted freebies you'll find cross the the Valley on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Not-Yet-a-Holiday Sunday.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
Though it may still be early for some of you, Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market's 10 a.m. start time sure beats rising before the sun to score deals. The shopping event runs until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 25, and is presented by Valley Vintage. The free-to-attend market features more than 30 local vendors hawking vintage and handmade goods at CityScape. Find vendors like Robert Black Vintage, GROWop, and Pearly Mae’s Vintage while sipping on mimosas and overhearing some live acoustic music from Patriots Park. Call 602-772-3901 or visit the CityScape website for more.
To the people of downtown Mesa, Black Friday is more “the day after Thanksgiving so now Christmas can begin." The East Valley suburb once again puts on its twinkly Merry Main Street, and the free-to-attend kickoff celebration is from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 25. During this opening night, you can shop through the Santa’s Marketplace, featuring local vendors offering handmade crafts and holiday décor from artists across the Valley. Accompany your shopping with a visit to the Food Truck Forest, scope the four-story tall holiday tree, and head down Main Street for the many selfie backdrops. Visit the Merry Main Street website for more details.
Superior's Salvage Co., a purveyor of vintage materials, hosts and presents the Vintage Roadshow, a three-day vintage and salvage fair happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27. Find more than 50 vendors at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek selling everything from jewelry and clothing to furniture and collectibles. Tickets are $5 for general admission or $20 for the VIP shopping experience happening from 8 to 10 a.m. Visit the Vintage Roadshow website for more.
Carefree Southwest Art & Indian Market
If you’re looking for eclectic holiday shopping, the Carefree Southwest Art & Indian Market is for you. Presented by Magic Bird Festivals, the fifth annual market features more than 100 artists focusing on Native American artisanship from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27, at Carefree Desert Gardens. Find sculptures paintings, jewelry, pottery, and weavings at this free, indoor/outdoor event, also featuring live music and a Southwestern culinary food court. For more info, call 480-488-2014 or visit the Magic Bird Festivals website.
Black Friday Free Record Day
You definitely read that right. The Record Room hosts its first Black Friday Free Record Day, where you spend $10 on anything in the store, and get 20 free records. The Record Room will be filled with marked down new and used records, plus 10 percent off new products like turntables, T-shirts, and of course records, and 20 percent off used products like vinyl, CDs, shirts, posters, and more. Take advantage of free record day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 25, till Sunday, November 27. Visit the Facebook event for more details.
Read on for a tour of artist studios and some Small Business Saturday happenings.
Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour & Sale
The 20th annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour & Sale showcases the work of 188 artists across 47 studios in Carefree, Cave Creek, and north Scottsdale. This free, self-guided studio tour is also a sale, so best pick up the Hidden in the Hills artist directory from the Sonoran Arts League for $5. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27. For more information, call 480-575-6624, or visit the Hidden in the Hills website.
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This annual event offers handmade American Indian-themed holiday ornaments handcrafted by Native American artists. The Heard Museum Shops will feature hundreds of unique ornaments for sale during the Ornament Marketplace at Heard Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. Navajo artist Vernon Begaye is offering 30 editions of the 2016 Ornament Marketplace signature ornament starting at 9:30 a.m. on Black Friday for $200. This free-to-enter marketplace will be ongoing through the holiday season, though museum admission still applies. For more information, call 602-252-8840, or visit the Heard Museum website.
Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market
WestWorld in Scottsdale will host more than 150 local artisan vendors for the Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market – a three-day art fair happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27. A free shopping event which is held in the Hanger Tent, the Jackalope Art Fair offers a way to #shopsmall with vendors offering local home décor, apparel, art, and body care. There’re also workshops, food trucks, and live music. Parking is $5 in lot H. Visit the Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market website for more details.
Small Business Saturday has a friend in Phoenix Flea. Billed as a “A Modern Market for Vintage, Fine Art, Handcrafted, Fashion, Artisan Food & More,” the Flea is featuring a huge lineup of 100 local vendors at Heritage Square Park, including Peabo Pots, Frockify, and Phoenix Toothpick Co. There will also be food trucks. The fourth annual Phoenix Flea on Small Business Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. Tickets at the gate are $5. Visit the Phoenix Flea website for tickets and more information.
Small Business Saturday Artists Market
Your Small Business Saturday demands you #shopsmall, and if you like doing so in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) have made it easy for you. The Small Business Saturday Artists Market features more than 20 Arizona-based vendors in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium (at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts) from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. Find tax-free handmade jewelry, toys, upcycled items, home décor, music, and books, and get 10 percent off holiday cards. Gift-wrapping and shipping is also available. For more information on this free event, visit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts website.