Wholly Handmade to take over community center

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If you make a list and double-check it, you might want to head to the Strathcona County Community Center this weekend.

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The completely handmade Christmas market takes place over two weekends this month, starting with Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12.

“The back-to-back market is due to COVID restrictions as each market has over 100 different vendors, so there are different vendors every weekend,” said Vanessa Antoniuk, owner of Kingsley Events.

There is a market this weekend, which will offer a variety of handmade items from the Edmonton area, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“There is basically something for everyone on your list, whether you are starting or finishing your list, buying stockings, gifts for teachers and hostesses, there was home decor, jewelry. , accessories, bath and body products, clothing, baby and children’s items, artwork and food, ”she said.

The market will also be back the following weekend, Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19, to allow other vendors to showcase their products.

“Local shopping is of great importance this year not only to keep the money in the community, but also to help artisans and craftspeople earn extra money this Christmas. A lot of them are using these markets to earn extra money, ”Antoniuk said. “During the Christmas season, these additional funds are very useful.”

Antoniuk suggests that those planning to go out this weekend should also try to go out next weekend, as vendors will change.

“The two markets have different unique vendors and there is a little overlap, but there is not a significant amount and you can come both weekends and find gifts for different people each weekend,” he said. said Antoniuk.

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Event organizers expect large crowds on both weekends.

“The markets are always very busy and people like to support locals at this time of year, especially during the pandemic, because they like to keep money in the community,” she said. “Buying a handmade gift for someone assures someone that you are giving them a unique personalized gift and that you have chosen it for yourself. There are a lot of different options.

The markets are free to access and there is free underground parking for those who wish to attend.

The event also follows provincial COVID-19 guidelines. Following the restriction exemption program, customers will be required to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID test. Masking will also be compulsory.

You can find out more about the event on facebook.com/whollyhandmade/

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