If this weekend is just too long for your so-twee-it-hurts heart to wait for Fancy Tiger'sHoliday Handmade Craft Fair
or theHoliday Mancraft
event at Ink Lounge,West Elm
in Cherry Creek is inviting five Etsy-approved crafters to sell their wares tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Unlike a lot of art shows or craft fairs out there, West Elm didn't want her to put up any cash to participate, says Anne McGraw, the one-woman show behind Summit Ridge Studio. They just e-mailed her asking if she wanted to show up, and she quickly accepted. All she has to do is haul in her wares (which cost between $8 and $3,000) a few hours before the event starts, and smile.
"This is exactly the kind of thing I want to see more of as an artist. They are doing it so right," McGraw says. This will also be her first show off the computer screen.
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The other vendors are Vital (printed T-shirts and glassware); It's Almost Bath Time (soaps with an emphasis on food-related scents); Green Bird Press (letterpress stationery); and Urban Bird & Co. (screen-printed home goods).
Attendees inspired by all these displays of creativity will be able to make their own tree ornaments-- and if the charitable spirit moves you, donations to women and children's nonprofit the Gathering Place will gladly be accepted. West Elm in-store items will also be 10 percent off.