Have An Indie Weekend

Okay, kids. This weekend is chockablock, as a certain Aussie I know would say, with indie shopping ops. If you don’t go to at least one of them, you’re an idiot. Wait a second, that would make me an idiot, because I’ll be out of town for the entirety of the most glorious weekend of pre-holiday indie shopping San Francisco has ever seen. F*cknuts. Here’s to me hoping that you enjoy what I’m going to be missing.

On Friday night, pop into Secession Art and Design for wine, cheese, vintage jewelry and great art at this deep Mission gallery.

Also on Friday night, the Craft Gym will be hosting a trunk show and holiday event featuring local designers, yummy snacks, hot beverages and an idea I totally dig: the Wrap Swap. You know how boring it can get when all your holiday gifts are in the same paper. Well, combat wrapping fatigue by bringing your own wrapping paper to swap with someone else’s. And if you buy something at the event, you can get your wrap on in space provided for wrapping gifts and try your hand at cool present toppers after watching the event’s ribbon tying demonstrations.

Friday through Sunday, local designers like Cookie and the Dude, Hi Ho Silver, Sally Spicer and Baby Jak will be among the many vendors on hand at the Fort Mason Holiday Shopping Gala. This three day affair combines handmade goods from local artisans with wares from Bay Area importers and manufacturers.

On Saturday and Sunday, the East Bay gets fired up for the Crucible’s Annual Holiday Gift Art Sale & Open House. With 75 artisans setting up in this creative workshop’s expansive studio space, the event promises oodles of handmade jewelry, metalwork, glass, ceramics, sculpture and clothing. Oh, and Santa arrives at 1pm. Get your list ready!

Brides to be in search of affordable wedding dresses will want to check out Glamour Closet‘s one day sale this weekend. On Dec. 15th from 9am to 6pm, this North Beach destination for discounted designer gowns will be hosting its largest gown sample sale ever (oh MY god). Labels from Reem Acra to Vera Wang will be marked down to $899 or less. Eat your wheaties before this one, gals. It could get crazy in there.

Lots of chitter chatter about the Bazarr Bizarre has been floating past me of late, and it looks like it’s going to be a fab event. For only $1 admission, you can indulge in crafting workshops (reserve a space in advance ’cause these babies fill up) like Quick and Easy Photo Ornaments with Craft magazine’s Natalie and Reconstruct an Old Button Down Shirt with Miranda Caroligne while perusing gift-worthy items from tons of indie artists and crafters. Check out the complete vendor list for the scoop.

The same afternoon, jewelry designer Anna Andersson will be having a trunk show at Flicka in Pac Heights. Stop by between 2 and 5pm to check her lovely adornments out.

If there’s one event I’ve heard ev’one talking about over the last few weeks, it’s THREAD, a showcase of 100 emerging fashion designers and artists, as well as established labels. This is the event to attend if you’re looking for edgy, fashion-forward looks from up and coming talent and discounts on designer lines you already love. Runway shows, art exhibitions, bumping beats, draaanks and goodie bags complete this fashionista-friendly affair. RSVP online to save $3 on admission (reg. $10).


Circadian Studios is having a holiday shindig this weekend to showcase designer Deanna’s latest designs. Expect bubbly, nibbles and – of course – lots of holiday cheer. Cash, check, Visa/MC accepted. Sunday December 16th 12-5pm. See the SF Indie Fashion Calendar for the address.

Nikki of Prepare for the Playa fame wrote in to tell us about Holi-Daze, a burner-friendly schmorgasbord of indie wares that goes down this Sunday at Cafe Cocomo. Fuzzy bear hoods? Black-light sensitive apparel? Latex accessories (we mean jewelry, not the, ahem, other kind of latex accessory ya guttah brains)? Couture kimonos? Holi-Daze has ’em all and them some. Check out the event Gift Guide for more of the offerings. And don’t forget to do your part for the San Francisco Food Bank at this event by bringing a canned good to donate – getting in the holiday giving spirit will also win you a chance to score Holi-Daze shopping bucks good for use with any vendor. See SF Indie Fashion Calendar for the detes.

Last but most certainly not least, there’s the funky Guerrilla Fashionista holiday trunk show at Foreign Cinema. With 10 percent of the event’s sale donated to charitable organizations, a fab location and tons of great local designers touting everything from t-shirts to handmade jewelry, this is another great op for last-minute holiday shopping.

My suggestion for making it through the dizzying array of events this weekend? Grab a friend, or schedule several back to back, slam a huge-ass coffee, don a communal dressing room friendly outfit and start early.