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Shopping for Sugar Plums

Denver handmade queen Sam Robinson broke many hearts when she put her annual Gifts for Yule holiday market to pasture last year. But in the midst of Denver’s DIY boom, many other marketplaces touting handcrafted work by local artists have stepped in to fill the void. One of this year’s earliest shows, the Sugar Plum Bazaar, run by indie entrepreneurs Mandy Yocom (Fern and Sprout), Alissa Bush (Twirl Girl) and Jennifer Carabetta (Dizzie Izzie), will kick off the season this weekend at the elegant Parkside Mansion, just west of City Park at 1859 York Street. And since shopping the little markets is way more fun than elbowing your way from one big box to another at the crack of dawn (or, for that matter, staring at way too much untouchable stuff for hours on a flickering screen), here’s your chance to get a head start on the holiday shopping load. Consider also that buying local keeps the bucks in the community, where they belong.

“Some people still really enjoy the hunt for some special, one-of-a-kind, unique thing, and I feel like this market has that,” says Cara-betta. “It’s where you find the things that make everyone ask, ‘Where’d you get that?’”

The Sugar Plum will host nearly forty vendors throughout the historic Victorian manse, selling one-of-a-kind artisan gifts that recall older, simpler, more personal times; goodies will be available for nibbles, and the Doppio coffee truck will be serving up java. Shop for free (donations will be accepted for the Ronald McDonald House) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow; for details, visit For a sneak peek at vendor wares, go to
Sat., Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011


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