A while back, we pointed you into the direction of an Etsy Bazaar that went down in Denton. Soon, it’s Ft. Worth that will be getting in on the Etsy action with the second annual Cowtown Indie Bazaar.

We here celebrate the independent spirit of Etsy participants and the indepenent dealers that take part in the sales and craftsy networking. As we walk the aisles of various art exhibits and other bazaar’s we know what we like when we see it. Wish that meant we knew what we were talking about when it comes to such things, but sadly, it often doesn’t. With that in mind, I’m going to let the note that the folks from the Cowtown Indie Bazaar sent us do much of the heavy lifting here…

The free event is produced by volunteer local artisans and will feature handmade goods from the best local artists and crafters in the metroplex, a charitable raffle benefiting Hope Center for Autism, live music, and family-friendly ‘make-and-take’ craft activities.

The vendor list will be announced in late August and will include jewelry, home goods, baby and kids items, unique clothing and accessories, bath and body products, original artwork, eco-friendly items and much more.  The indoor event is free to attend, climate controlled, family friendly, and the first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary goody bag filled with handmade items made by the vendors.

This is the third show produced by Etsy Fort Worth, following two successful shows in March of this year and September 2010.  The Cowtown Indie Bazaar is produced exclusively by volunteer local artisans as a way to promote the handmade movement within the Fort Worth area.

When:  Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9am – 5pm
Where:  Roundup Inn, Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 West Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Website:  http://www.cowtownindiebazaar.com/


Etsy.Com, an on-line outlet for crafts-people and artists looking for a new-media way of getting in-touch with their customers also likes to help get those same creators in touch with the art-loving public in the old-fashioned way, as well.

On June 4, in Denton at the Denton Arts Council Center for the Performing Arts, the Etsy Denton group will be hosting its first full-on arts & crafts show. Just by taking one look at the main Etsy website, it’s clear to see that we’re not merely talking crocheted doilies that grandmas everywhere seem to adore. We’re talking real art with real vision and true, hand-made distinction. So, get on up there and help support the hand-made, local arts!

From the press release:

This spectacular event in Denton will bring together the best of 100% handmade goods and indie crafters. The Etsy Denton Summer Bazaar will take place on June 4, 2011 at the Greater Denton Arts Council Center for Visual Arts. This is the first Summer bazaar for Etsy Denton, following a quaint, yet well received ‘Barn Sale’ in Fall 2010.

The vendor list for the Etsy Denton Summer Bazaar includes over 30 of the most creative people in the Denton Area, selling everything from furniture, home goods, jewelry, accessories, ceramics, bags, purses, woodworking, kid and baby items, art and paper goods, yarn, and more, all with a unique twist. The event is indoor, climate controlled, and family friendly.  There will be snacks and drinks. Admission is free.

Etsy Denton is a collection of independent artists, crafters, and designers in the Denton  area who sell their goods on Etsy.com. It was founded in 2010 to collectively promote members’ businesses, spread the word about the benefits of buying local handmade products, and to provide camaraderie amongst the Denton craft community. Their mission is to spread knowledge and increase marketplace participation of handmade goods.

Etsy Denton strives to make this happen by creating an environment where artists and crafters can connect, network, and form friendships around their common handmade interests, as well as hosting community craft fairs to promote artists, crafters, and other creative types.

 When:  Saturday June 4, 2011 – 10AM to 4 PM

Where: Greater Denton Arts Council Center for Visual Arts

400 E. Hickory Street, Denton, Texas 76201

Admission: Free

Etsy Dallas is hosting its 3rd Annual Jingle Bash 3rd Annual Jingle Bash on Saturday, November 20th, 2pm-8pm in the Lone Star Room @ The Palladium, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas

Mark your calendars now to shop over 50 of the best handmade artists in the Dallas area and beyond. Sip on yummy cocktails, win free goodies, groove to good tunes, get your picture taken in the Etsy Dallas photo booth, and so much more!

It’s a festive little gathering of over 50 local vendors and their displays of handmade arts, crafts and other fun goodies. Admission is free and open to the public, so it’s a cheap way to enjoy great food, live music and karaoke – all while doing your holiday shopping.

Bash Bucks are this year, too! For details on how you can win up to $40 in Bash Bucks, click here!

This year’s Jingle Bash is sure to be the perfect place to pick up holiday gifts for the whole family, but this event is not just for the pros, there’s even an area where you can exercise your own crafting skills and create some personalized inspired pieces to take home with you. Etsy Dallas’ Jingle Bash is the ideal setting to kick off the winter season and get you into that holiday spirit.

The event is free, and you should expect live music, great food fare and local music, to boot!

FunkyFinds.com, dedicated to promoting independent artists, crafters & designers, hosted their very first Funky Finds Spring Fling last year in Fort Worth. The event, produced by Jessica & Joe Dougherty, featured the work of over 120 artists, crafters & designers from Texas and Oklahoma. Considering the event brought in over 2,500 attendees, the show was billed a success. The charitable raffle last year, part of the event, raised over $900 for the North Texas Humane Society, Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Aflac Cancer Center.

So back by popular demand, Funky Finds is hosting the 2nd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling on March 13, 2010, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. If you’re in to supporting and buying local, this is the perfect way to show your support of independent artisans that create funky handmade goods.

At this year’s event, you’ll find all sorts of wondrous buys – including two of some of my favorite ETSY Dallasites: the fun jewelry of Pamela Michelle shown here and the whimsically illustrated tees of Dowdy Studio –  the Texas Photo Booth Company and the charities benefiting from the event will be CASA of Tarrant County and the Humane Society of North Texas.

This is a free, family and pet friendly event and the first 50 people to purchase $5 in raffle tickets will recieve awesome swag bags created by ETSY Ft. Worth!

henryThis will not be a sob story on how I’m 36 and childless, I promise. I get an adequate amount of baby therapy every Sunday with my friend to the left there, Henry. Henry is the coolest baby in the history of ever, does your baby impersonate Chewbacca and The Hulk on command? Didn’t think so.

ANYWAY, over the last year I’ve attended SIX baby showers and let me tell you, babies be expensive. Now I have TWO MORE baby showers to attend in March and April and babies, unborn or not, expect to make a haul at these things.

Being a broad on a budget, I’ve turned my sights on shopping uber-locally and uber indie. A.) I’ll find the kick-ass gifts that can’t be found just anywhere,  B.) I can support local entrepreneurs without taking a massive hit to my wallet and C.) I can keep my Texas dollars in Texas.

Maybe you’re in the same shopping for baby bargains boat as I am, if so, might I suggest in addition to the ULTIMATE  baby shower gift, throw in some baby schwag from one or more of these places:

onesieMon Petit Pêche– they have darling little handmade, unisex shirts and onesies with charming little designs you just won’t see anywhere else.

Judell Bug- Who knew ‘Oopsie Poopsie’ bags, snuggly buggly blankies and burp cloths could be so cute? They have stuff for dad, too!

Loni Ann’s– hand-painted, whimsical little tees and onesises designed to make any baby a standout in a sea of fat cheeked cuteness.

Pinkhouse Handworks –Pinkhouse creates exquisite, handcrafted Montessori baby toys for ages 3 months and up. Perfect for an addition to a baby shower gift basket.

mommybagLoop and Lil– This dynamic duo, named, I’m assuming, after a Townes Van Zandt song, create baby clothes and accessories aimed at keeping your little bundle of joy fashionably vintage. Don’t forget to check out the mommy bags, too! P.S. I still hope they’re making these. I need one for an upcoming shower.

Flutter Baby– Think crocheted, adorable baby toys, rattles, dolls, stuffed animals and hats. Wonderfully wooly and always precious.

horseyMostly Mammals- this is my favorite Etsy shop when it comes to all things that burp, poop drool and toddle. These one-of-a-kind, sweet, soft snuggly animals are timeless enough that I guarantee your little one, or the little one you’re buying for, will likely be dragging one around long after toddlerhood.  
On a final note, one thing I’ve learned about attending approximately 10 billion baby showers is this: Don’t just buy stuff for newborns, think ahead and throw in some things that baby can grow into as well! Duh! You can passive aggressively throw in an economy pack of condoms, too, they’ll get a laugh thinking you’re being funny, never suspecting your biological clock of bitterly screaming at you.