The Bloomington Handmade Market, a local artist’s market, will take place from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 at the Bloomington Convention Center, located at 302 S. College Ave.
“We think it’s a really great kickoff to the holiday season, if you want to get in the mood to get your gift on and get your holiday shopping kickstarted,” Bloomington Handmade Market organizer Talia Halliday said.
Bloomington Handmade Market was founded in the summer of 2009 by three women who saw a need for artists to showcase their products at an affordable price, the Bloomington Handmade Market’s website said.
“It’s really good for people to be inspired and then they can maybe make their own things,” Halliday said.
According to the Bloomington Handmade Market’s website, the market is a biannual show and artists are selected from a pool of applicants. The website says that artists are chosen who create quality, unusual work that does not often get seen at traditional craft fairs.
“I love these people, they’re like my family,” Halliday said. “Every show is like a family reunion for us because we see each other only once or twice a year.”
The first 30 people in line for entrance both days will get a free swag bag with goodies from the market’s sponsors and vendors. Santa will also be in the lobby of the Bloomington Convention Center Nov. 12.
Admission and parking for the event is free.
Volunteers can sign up here to volunteer generally at the market or at the craft table.