Category Archives: Family Friendly

Expect The Unexpected From These 4 Holiday Gift Fairs

4 Holiday Gift Fairs: Women X Made Holiday Gift Fair (December 9, 2017); 2017 Misfit Maker Factory and Creative Marketplace  (December 9, 2017); Merry Mercado Goods & Good Craft Fair. (December 9, 2017); Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair (December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2017)

These 4 holiday gift fairs have a curated selection of original jewelry, bags, gourmet gifts, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards,decorations, stationery, and more.

Consider this your chance to kiss the big box store good-bye and say ta ta to ho-hum mass-produced holiday gifts.

Public Service Announcement:  As you may have noticed, this is warehouse/sample sale and holiday fair season. Keep checking Deal Tracker SF for upcoming sales and other happenings.

Tips worth repeating: check the websites before going; go early for the best selection; pick a city and go to the sales in that city; bring a bag; bring cash for when credit cards are not accepted; and bring a friend. Because we have so many sales at the same time strategic planning is a must. If a sale looks interesting make sure you put it on your calendar. Most of these sales are only a day or two and only come around once or twice a year. Keep checking for sale updates!

Happy Deal Tracking!

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Finish Your Holiday Shopping Before Thanksgiving @ West Coast Craft Winter 2017

West Coast Craft Winter 2017.November 18 + 19, 2017. 

West Coast Craft Winter 2017 features 250+ juried artists showcasing high-quality, unique, goods with a West Coast vibe. Think bold, innovative design.

Shop for: home decor, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, jewelry, body products, artisanal food, pet products, & more.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift or something for yourself (!) put West Coast Craft on your weekend fun list.

 FREE Admission.

Public Service Announcement:  As you may have noticed, this is warehouse/sample sale and holiday fair season. Keep checking Deal Tracker SF for upcoming sales and other happenings.

Tips worth repeating: check the websites before going; go early for the best selection; pick a city and go to the sales in that city; bring a bag; bring cash for when credit cards are not accepted; and bring a friend. Because we have so many sales at the same time strategic planning is a must. If a sale looks interesting make sure you put it on your calendar. Most of these sales are only a day or two and only come around once or twice a year. Keep checking for sale updates!

Happy Deal Tracking!

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Renegade Craft Fair Fall 2017 Delivers

Renegade Craft Fair Fall 2017. November 11 +12, 2017.

San Francisco’s Renegade Craft Fair Fall 2017 is a curated indie-craft marketplace celebrating all things handmade.

Find 300+ makers selling unique art, jewelry, ceramics, paper products, clothing, body products, home decor, artisanal foods, and more. Plus enjoy: DIY activities and workshops; a photo booth; a DJ; drinks, and food trucks.

This fair might not fit the dictionary’s definition of  “renegade”  but the Renegade Craft Fair is definitely not your Mother’s craft fair. But do bring her because there is something for everyone.

Free admission

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Insider’s Guide: Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017

Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017. October 14 +15, 2017

Whether you are a beginning collector or a long time art buyer you will want to visit Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017.

Scattered through eight buildings at two sites,Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Fall Open Studios 2017 has art in every medium. Some of the art is traditional and some very non-traditional; some is affordable and some is not so affordable. In other words, something for everyone.

Mark your calendar for a unique opportunity to meet over 180 artists, see where they work and buy original paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more.

Free admission.

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You Will Want to Leave The City For Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017

Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017. September 2, 3 + 4, 2017

Fall is approaching and with it the end of the fair/festival season. But it’s not over yet.

Nestled in a redwood forest with some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast, Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017 is a lot like the grand finale at the 4th of July fireworks extravaganza – one last magnificent burst of wow before it all fades away.

Take a ride up the mountain and see first hand why the Art Fair SourceBook declared the Kings Mountain Art Fair the #1 Fine Arts Fair in Northern California (and maybe feel a little smug knowing there is an Art Fair SourceBook.)

Free admission.

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Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017

Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017. August 12, 2017.

If your heart skips a joyous beat at the thought of scouring your neighbor’s cast-offs, I mean treasures, don’t miss the Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale Summer 2017.

This one day shopping treasure hunt has everything from antiques to vintage clothing, furniture, art, jewelry, sporting goods, books, household goods, vinyl, retro stereo equipment, collectibles of every sort and much more.

Hit the Hill and score fantastic deals on everything from must-haves to didn’t-know-you-must-haves.

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6 Tips For Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017

Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017. June 24, 2017 

Mark your calendar for the fab Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017.

This bi-annual juried makers festival showcases 150+ local art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music. Think love child of Etsy and Pinterest.

Free admission! Family friendly! Pet friendly!

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Get in Free: Museum Member For A Day 2017

Member For A Day 2016Museum Member For A Day 2017.  Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Do you belong to a museum? If so you are going to love Member For A Day 2017. Go to one of the twelve participating Bay Area cultural institutions, show your museum card and enjoy free general admission to a museum where you are not a member.

Bonus:  Many museums are having special activities and offering Museum Member for a Day discounts at their museum store.

If you have a membership to any of the museums on the list definitely consider taking advantage of this great deal.

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Upcoming Free Museum Days You Need To Know About

free-museum-admission-december-2016Love Museums? Check Out These Free Museum Days. December 3-11, 2016

If you need a break from digging through boxes at sample sales check out these upcoming free museum days:

  • The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s birthday with its annual free day. This is the only free day all year so mark your calendar.
  • Visit the eco-friendly California Academy of Sciences admission free, no strings attached,no fine print.
  • Anyone with a Bank of America (or Merrill Lynch) credit or debit card can visit participating museums admission free both Saturday and Sunday. One hundred fifty cultural institutions across the United States are in the program including nine in the wider Bay Area.
  • This week has free admission days at TEN  top Bay Area museums.

Bonus: many of the museums are family friendly and some will even appeal to your eye rolling tween.

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6 Tips For Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival

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Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival. November 5, 2016.

Mark your calendar for Oakland’s fab Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival- an Indie emporium with unique wares you won’t find at any big box/chain store.

This bi-annual makers festival showcases a juried selection of 150+ local art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music. Think love child of Etsy and Pinterest.

Free admission! Family friendly! Pet friendly! Fun!

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