Christmas holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean fighting crowds at malls or spending hours in cyberspace trying to find that great gift for everyone on your list.
You might find just what you’re looking for at one of several holiday pop-ups on Long Island showcasing specialty and one-of-a-kind items for sale from local artisans, collectors and merchants that can’t be found in big box or online stores.
And some of these pop-ups are attracting more and more young shoppers, those involved say. Don’t think shopping at a craft fair or an old dusty store for a gift for an older person — think shopping for something unique, thoughtful and fresh while supporting the local economy.
“This is generally targeted toward younger people and millennials — people who tend to be 40 and under,” says Nate Close, director of marketing and communications for the Huntington-based Cinema Arts Centre. He was referring to the “Black Friday marketplace” the Centre is hosting on Nov. 23 into the early morning hours of the following day, called The Great All Nighter.
The all-night bazaar and flea market is the "brainchild of young people from the community who created the event as a way to sell their wares,” Close explains. He notes many Etsy-based businesses will participate, as is the case in many of the holiday pop-ups.
“It takes its inspiration from the Oddities Flea Market in Brooklyn, which reaches out to vendors they think are cool,” Close adds. “We’ll have some wares that are similar — kitschy clothes and jewelry that are unique and funky.”
Artisans of all ages are behind the East End Arts Annual Holiday Gift Boutique at the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead. The boutique will be open through Dec. 22.
Gallery director Jane Kirkwood says everything for sale is one-of-a kind, and that the boutique is known for its large selection of handmade Christmas ornaments. Other items for sale include handcrafted greeting cards, knits, woodwork and jewelry.
“It’s just a beautiful event for the holiday season with things from people at all levels of their artistic careers,” Kirkwood says. “It’s great if you want to give someone something special for the holiday that’s unique. You can’t get this at Macy’s or Target.” She adds, “A lot of millennials are getting more interested in events like this where they can find artistic treasures — for them it used to be all about technology and I think that’s getting stale.”
Items from 40 Long Islanders are on sale through Dec. 22 at Hitch in Massapequa Park — a pop-up shop opened for the holidays by hamlet residents Joseph Thomas DeBello and Justina DiMaggio, co-owners of the mobile boutique, Hitch LI, which they have taken to craft fairs and other events on Long Island.
Shoppers of all ages will find something they like at the brick-and-mortar Hitch, DeBello says.
"My clientele is from millennials to senior citizens — it's [items they carry] all local and you're supporting local handmade goods," DeBello says.
The Great All Nighter
WHEN | WHERE All-night bazaar and flea market selling rare vinyl albums, indie CDs, handmade goods, fine art prints, clothing, paper crafts, funny buttons, vintage clothes, toys and more. Open from 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 to 2 a.m. on Nov. 24 at the Sky Room Cafe, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.
INFO: 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org
WHEN | WHERE On Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 shoppers can visit a traditional German Christmas fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. without leaving Long Island. The Christkindl Markt will feature imported Christmas items, arts and crafts at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. German foods and pastries will also be available.
East End Arts Annual Holiday Gift Boutique
WHEN | WHERE The boutique, which offers jewelry, handcrafted greeting cards, knits, woodwork and a large selection of handmade ornaments, is located at 133 E. Main St., and will be open through Dec. 22 on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
INFO: 631-727-0900, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN | WHERE Greeting cards, soaps, candles jewelry and clothing are among the offerings that will be for sale through Dec. 22. The store, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, is located at 1027A Park Blvd. Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Santa’s Gift Shoppes
WHEN | WHERE Up to 25 gift and craft vendors participate each day in Santa’s Gift Shoppes, located inside the Broadway Commons mall at 358B Broadway Mall in Hicksville through Dec. 30 and open during mall hours in the main isle between Macy’s and Panera Bread. Open mall holiday hours.
INFO: 516-939-0679, mallcraftshows.com