Buy Curious: Shop Indie & Local This Holiday Season

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Not doubt you've already heard of the senseless violence and deaths that have occurred on Black Friday. There is another way to consume, peoples! Save lives, money, and help your community all at the same time by giving your hard-earned dollars to independent and locally owned businesses this holiday season. We've compiled a HUGE list of craft fairs, bazaars, sales, and more to help you achieve the goal. Not only will you find things that are unique and well-made, but you'll also feel good about your purchases because you're helping to support a local artist or craftsperson, who will in turn spend that money in the community. It's all part of the Express' Shop Local Pledge, which our publisher Jody Colley launched and is now spreading around the country with the help of other alt-weeklies. Read on for the mega indie local holiday sale list!

Shop Local Pledge
Want to help your community and shop at the same time? Please take one minute to pledge that you will spend $100 at local shops this holiday season. Here's how to do it: Send an email to elerts [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com with the subject heading "I PLEDGE." Here's what it means: By pledging to spend $100 of your shopping dollars at locally-owned stores, you will have a potential $58.8 million dollar impact on our community, an estimated $8.75 million dollars more than if it was spent at a non-local big box retailer. YOU can help the local economy this Holiday Season. Here's a cool little bonus if you pledge: The Express will automatically enter you to win $1000 in gift certificates from independent locally owned merchants and restaurants.

The sales are listed by date. We've put an asterisk (*) by the sales that will help support local indie businesses, and two asterisks (**) by the sales we're highly recommending.

Now! - Jeanomix Liquidation Sale. Take 50 percent off all purchases at this denim saloon. 5659 Bay St., Emeryville

* Nov. 25-30 - Ideas 4 Elements — Thanksgiving Sale. Take 15 percent off all apparel, another 10 percent off if you mention promo code TKSGIVING-ADD10.
1774 Solano Ave., Berkeley

* Starts Nov. 28 - Riki - Take 30 percent off all European lines, riki skirts, tops, and select jackets. Mention they're e-mail ad for the discount.
2111 Vine St., Berkeley

* Nov. 28 — Magnet - Check out new merchandise and enjoy their 20 percent off sale.
2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

* Nov. 28-29 — Afterglow - Open House and Holiday Sale 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
261 10th St., #202, Oakland

* Nov. 28-30 — Jeremy's Half-Off Thanksgiving Sale. Take at least 50 percent off the entire store.
2967 College Ave., Berkeley

* Nov. 28-30 — Deliciouz — Take 40 percent off almost everything at this accessories store. Excludes some jewelry and new handbags.
1506 North Main St., Walnut Creek

* Nov. 28-20 — Holiday Artisan Faire 2008 at ProArts Gallery.
noon-6 p.m.
550 Second St., Oakland

* Nov. 28-Dec. 1 - Free Shipping at Hush - Online site of Walnut Creek boutique is offering free shipping. Enter "FREESHIP" at checkout.

* Nov. 29 — reStore - Want to support green building, help local families move into new homes, and buy home-renovation materials at 50-75 percent off retail? Habitat's reStore in Oakland has new Milgard windows, designer lighting, ceramic and glass tile accents pieces, trendy bathroom sinks from Ronbow and more.
9235 San Leandro St., Oakland

* Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 6-7 - The Women's Building 30th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen. Check out unique handmade crafts and art pieces and support programs for women and girls.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., San Francisco

* Now through Nov. 30 - Iniam - Spend $150 and get 30 percent off your entire purchase, or bring in a non-perishable food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and get 40 percent off your $150 minimum purchase. Excludes jewelry.
5902 College Ave., Oakland

* Nov. 29-30 - 14th Annual Womyn of Color Arts & Crafts Show. Original paintings, clay sculptures, textiles, jewelry, and wearable art.
La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Free.

** Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21, Dec. 23-24 - Telegraph Holiday Street Fair - More than 200 artisans and vendors offer arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., free
Telegraph Ave (between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way), Berkeley

** Nov. 30 — Bazaar Bizarre -- "Not Your Granny's Craft Fair." Check out this awesome list of vendors.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., free.
San Francisco County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park.

* Dec.1-23 - Brownie's Vintage Closing Sale. Take 25-75 percent off.
2001 Milvia St., Berkeley

* Dec. 1-2 & 5-6 - World of Good Holiday Fund-Raiser. Gifts, jewelry, housewares, handbags, scarves, and accessories by artists from 35 countries. Part of the proceeds will benefit the World of Good development organization which will supply grants to non-profits in developing countries.
Dec. 1-2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free.
World of Good, 6315 Doyle St., Emeryville

* Dec. 3 — Melissa Joy Manning Trunk Show at Hush.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hush, 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek

** Dec. 5 - Indie Village — Crafts, music, mingling, and more!
7 p.m.
9th Street in Old Oakland

* Dec. 5 - Paragraph Boutique One-Year Anniversary Party - Shop local independent designers, listen to DJ beats, sip wine, enjoy pizza provided by Park Chow and receive 20% off jewelry by Liliana Swearingen and CSJ Jewelry.
6-9:30 p.m.
1234 9th Ave. (between Irving St & Lincoln Way), San Francisco

* Dec. 5-15 - 3rd Annual Holidayland Gift Sale at Blankspace Gallery. Locally produced, hand-crafted items and small works of art.
Hours: Sat.-Mon. noon-7 p.m.

** Dec. 6 - Chillin' - 80 fashion designers, painters & photographers, DJs, and more.
8 p.m.-2 a.m., $7, 21+
Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., SF

* Dec. 6 - CCA Holiday Fair - Shop for one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts made by students, alumni, and staff: ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, clothing, photography, textiles, paintings, ornaments, and more. Live jazz music.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland

* Dec. 6 - Dimond Winter Festival - Feed your soul, feel good about shopping local, and enjoy festive holiday music.
Fruitvale Presbyterian Church
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
2735 MacArthur Blvd. at Coolidge Ave., Oakland

** Dec. 6 & 7 — Mission Bazaar - Massive craft fair!
10 a.m.- 8 p.m., $5 for the public.
Mission Armory Community Center, 1800 Mission Street, San Francisco

* Dec. 7 - Ashkenaz International Craft Bazaar - Holiday artisan sale exhibiting crafts that are handmade, locally produced, sustainable, recycled, relating to our music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world. The event will include live music and dance performances and a supervised gift-making table for kids. Vegetarian, organic food and drink will be available for purchase. More than 50 artisans and craftspeople will provide thousands of items, the majority of which are $25 and under. This event is a fundraiser for Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center.
11 a.m.-7 p.m., $1 (kids under 12 are free)
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

* Dec. 7 - "Sample This!" Children's Community Center Sample Sale. The sale features children's and adult's clothing and accessories, jewelry, vintage children's books, stationery, home and bath products, gourmet foods, and more. Proceeds support CCC.
1-5 p.m., $5 (includes raffle entry)
The Gym at Martin Luther King Middle School
1781 Rose Street, Berkeley

* Dec. 8- 12 - Oakland Art Gallery's Holiday Art Sale 2008 - Art and handmade goods.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 11- Holiday party & sale — 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Oakland Art Gallery, 199 Kahn's Alley, Oakland

* Dec. 10 — Style Lounge - Fashion Show and Shopping Event
5 p.m.-10 p.m. (fashion show at 8:30 p.m.), $40 for VIP, $10, or 2 for $15
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., San Francisco

* Dec. 11 — Holiday Trunk Sale — Magnet, Herringbone, and Feather Vintage invite you to a holiday trunk sale featuring new and vintage clothing from Magnet and Feather (plus 20 percent off Magnet fall items and 15 percent off Feather Vintage); makeup, lipstick, and other holiday sundries from Herringbone; jewelry by Hazel Cox; hats by Jasmin Zorlu; Flock Home linens; artisan jams from Bluechair Fruit Co.; and Macy Chadwick letterpress, prints and books.
6-9 p.m.
Magnet, 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

** Dec. 13 - Feria Urbana - An urban fair featuring local designers and crafters.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., free.
Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

** Dec. 13 - Indie Mart - Shopping (new and vintage), drinking, pizza, DJs.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., free
The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco

* Dec. 13-14 - 38th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair - Featuring a gourmet food pavilion, 220 craftsmakers and artists from around the country selling their wares, plus live performances by the Kev Choice Ensemble, Blame Sally, and Jackie Payne with the Steve Edmonson Band.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., $7-$10
Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco

*Dec. 13-14 - The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House. With fire and circus performers, demonstrations of glass blowing, blacksmithing, metal casting and a nontraditional Santa Claus. Raffle prize drawings each day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.
1260 7th St., Oakland

* Dec. 14 — EcoHoliday SF - 100 locally owned eco-friendly vendors will feature green gifts, eco-fashion, art & more. Plus live entertainment, DJs, DIY workshops, children's activities, food, drinks, and more.
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Galleria SF Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco

* Dec. 20-21 -- Temescal Holiday Skate and Stroll -- Popcorn, candy canes, hot chocolate, egg nog and lively merchants await you on Telegraph Avenue, plus an outdoor ice skating rink.
Temescal Holiday Skate and Stroll
Dec. 20-21, 1-6 p.m.
Holiday Parade and Crafts
Dec. 21 at the Farmer's Market

** Dec. 20-21, Dec. 23-24 - Telegraph Holiday Street Fair - More than 200 artisans and vendors offer arts and crafts, including jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., free
Telegraph Ave (between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way), Berkeley

*Jan. 24-25, 2009 -- Oakland Lunar New Year Bazaar. Sponsored by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. For details contact Jennieyong [at] aol.com

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