Think Small for the Holidays

If you ask Denver milliner Susan Dillon, it’s okay to want to get a good price on a new TV — but is it really worth camping out in front of Best Buy for two days? Dillon’s all about thinking small, local and handmade this holiday season, and she’s put that philosophy to work by organizing today’s Small Business Saturday Artisan Market at Wazee Union.

“Doing this on Small Business Saturday is a no-brainer. People are already out there looking for small businesses and local places to buy, so why not make one great big marketplace where they can go?” Dillon says. “People want to be connected to what they’re buying.” And, she adds, Wazee Union is already home to a solid base of working artists and micro-entrepreneurs, though outside vendors are also part of the market mix: “We have many artists who are not yet represented by boutiques, and there are no vendor fees. We’re really trying to get the community of creatives out there for the general community to find.”

And you’ll find a lot of variety from this army of forty-plus vendors: vintage wearables, children’s clothing, jewelry, artisan dill pickles and marshmallows, terrariums, original and printed sign art, Dillon’s own one-of-a kind hand-built hats, and a lot of stuff that doesn’t yet have a name, among other things.

Shop the Artisan Market from noon to 5 p.m. at Wazee Union, 3501 Wazee Street, off Brighton Boulevard; admission is free, but be ready to shop — and eat (two or three food trucks are expected). Visit the Facebook event page or wazeeunion.net/artisans-market.html for additional information.
Sat., Nov. 30, 12-5 p.m., 2013

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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