Talking Shop

What's new at this year's Gifts for Yule holiday antiques and handmades sale is that little is new: What was strong before is simply stronger and fresher than ever, at least in part because the many returning, tried-and-true vendors of art-fair entrepreneur Samantha Robinson's annual shopping extravaganza will generate excitement by introducing unseen collections and new looks for 2007.

But there's really nothing not to like about this folksy event, celebrating its tenth anniversary with another cozy shopfest that also features fabulous food in the basement by wizardess Erica McNeish, whose simple soups and goodies are as pretty to look at as they are good to eat. (McNeish, who's a bona fide food stylist, will also be selling cookbooks she's helped to design.) And along with Robinson's promised "Mexicolor" decorating theme, there will actually be a couple of new vendors to add flavor to the experience, including Kirsten Coplans, former proprietor of Sparrow on 17th Avenue, whose Pearl clothing line (named for her sweet deaf dog) offers refurbished vintage clothing, scarves and knit slippers.

Go shop: Visit Gifts for Yule today from noon to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Denver Turnverein, 1570 Clarkson Street; admission is free, but the food is not. For details, call 303-618-3669 or go to
Sat., Nov. 10, 12-6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2007

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