The further we get with improvements in manufacturing, the more value handmade gifts have. Unfortunately, we were not all born with crafty genes. I for one couldn’t make a handmade Christmas ornament unless a bunch of elves were helping me, and even then those poor little poppets would have their work cut out for them. Websites like Etsy capitalize on creating a bridge between the crafty and the craft-challenged, but there’s nothing like seeing potential purchases in person, not to mention meeting the people who made them.
The inaugural Oregon Coast Artisans Market will be happening in Lincoln City from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through May 11, 2020, and will feature jewelry, bath and beauty products, blankets, clothing and edible treats.
With roughly 18 full-time vendors and others who attend more sporadically, there is plenty of variety in both products and producers.
“We are pretty much sold out of spots,” said organizer and vendor Geneva Campitelli. “We really have a lot of amazing people on this coast making beautiful things to wear or use and good things to eat.”
Though the fair will be fairly regular, Campitelli recommends checking ahead for the occasional blackout dates caused by events at the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation's Community Center, such as swim meets.
Coming soon, Handcrafted Holidays, a special edition of the market on November 30, will help you get in that holiday mood.
“There’s lots of cool stuff coming for the holiday events,” Campitelli said. “There will be similar items to our regular market, but it’s really going to be geared toward things people would buy as gifts.”
And for the next few weeks, some other special holiday-themed craft fairs and bazaars will keep you hopping while you do your Christmas shopping. Get them on your calendar:
Community Presbyterian & Waldport Foursquare | Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23
Enjoy a free, hot breakfast both days, a lunch option, baked goods and handmade gifts from local crafters alongside a free Christmas photo shoot from the Moose Lodge in Waldport. Both days' events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of North Bay St. and NW Huckleberry St.
Coronado Shores Beach Club in Gleneden Beach | Sunday, November 24
Find arts, crafts, baked goods and other delights for sale at the Clubhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is organized by the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce.
Lincoln City Cultural Center | Saturday, November 24
Browse pieces from glass mosaic artist Joanne Daschel and science illustrator Nora Sherwood while enjoying some holiday-inspired snacks. This event will be held at the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lincoln City Community Center | Saturday, November 30
Follow up Black Friday with Small Business Saturday. Check out these local, independent vendors at this holiday market and craft fair during your hunt for gifts for friends and family. Oregon Coast Artisans Market presents this event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
60th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cloverdale | Saturday, December 7
Features handmade gifts, unique gift baskets and a raffle for a handcrafted quilt. Make sure to bring your camera as Santa will be there from 10 a.m. to noon. Edible treats to help you keep up your energy whilst browsing include homemade fresh cinnamon rolls, famous polish dogs and sauerkraut. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 34560 Parkway.
Are you a crafty person? Share a favorite thing you made or bought in our comments section. For other things to do on the Central Coast, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment, our Nightlife page steers you to the top happenings on the Central Coast.