Here's some craft fairs we found mostly in the warm states — although ironically enough not in California. You get a taste of vintage markets in Indianapolis and Scottsdale, soap making in Massachusetts, fabric in the east and south and outdoor craft fairs in sunny Florida.
This Weekend's Craft Fairs — Jan 21-22
Jan 19-25, Mall hours
For a week in Pittsburgh, crafters will set up shop amongst the Gaps and JCrews. Check out knit wares and picture frames while snacking on a Cinnabon.
The Mall at Robinson, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (330) 493-4130,Robinson
Jan 21, 9-noon
Remember Fight Club? Well, making soap in that movie will have little similarities to this class (except for the use of lye) and you will use the soap to clean yourself, not to, um, blow things up. At the Back Porch Soap Co. you will learn safety techniques, how to add exfoliants and color, and many other molding tips.
779 Union Street Duxbury, Massachusetts, firstname.lastname@example.org, Back Porch Soap Co.
15th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival
Jan 21-22, 10-5
Head down to Punta Gorda where the sun shines pretty much all the time. You'll be able to browse a variety of crafts from handmade soaps to stained glass to metal work.
Sullivan St., Punta Gorda Florida, Info@ArtFestival.com, Art Festival
Jan 18-19, Hours vary
Each vendor is hand selected by a jury for this monthly craft fair. Each time, the resort chooses a different theme and this month they have snowbirds in mind. However, you don't have to be retired (although the Wednesday/ Thursday schedule does cater to that...) to enjoy this fair that sells unique woodwork, jewelry, glass, pottery and chocolate.
Jan 20-22, (Fri) 2-8, (Sat) 9-4, (Sun) 10-3
There's a little something for every age bracket at the Second Annual Fiber Festival: classes on finger knitting and yarn bombing for the kids, adult workshops for felting and knitting, wool-spinning demos and ... wine.
Powerhouse Community Art Center, 413 South 14th St., Oxford Mississippi, email@example.com, Oxford Arts
For all you vintage lovers, this flea market has been going strong since 1976. There's sure to be a treasure or two hidden at one of the 250 booths.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, firstname.lastname@example.org, Stewart Promotions
Jan 20-22, (Fri) noon- 6, (Sat) 9-5, (Sun) 10-4
This antique market showcases vintage wares of all genres from deco to retro to modernism. You could find the perfect funky lamp for the living room or a skirt just calling out to be repurposed.
13802 N Scottsdale Rd., Ste 142, Scottsdale Arizona, email@example.com,
Jan 20-21, (Fri-Sat) 9-5, (Sun) 10-4
Head to Tucson for more than just gazing at pretty quilts. The $10 admission ($20 for all three days) buys you access to free appraisals of your work and demonstrations led by pro quilters.
Tucson Convention Center,260 South Church Street, Tucson, Arizona, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tucson Quilters Guild