The Shop Chicago pledge: As a mindful buyer, I support ethical consumerism and pledge to Shop Chicago for the Holidays. I value handmade gifts over mass-produced products. This holiday season, I will support small business owners, buy directly from handmakers, and keep my money in Chicago.
Shopping Chicago Local this Holiday? There are TWO amazing markets this weekend you won’t want to miss!
The One of A Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart will feature more than 600 talented artists (from around the globe, but you still get points for shopping small!). This show runs today through Sunday, December 8th.
Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market in Chicago at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse will feature a curated selection of over 150 artists (again, not all Chicago but “small” artists none the less). This one is Saturday and Sunday only.
I won’t be selling at either of these shows, but you bet I’ll be there shopping! And if you do happen to want to Shop Chicago with me and pick up some lovely re:paper journals for your loved ones you’ll find me next weekend (December 15) at the Urban Folk Circuit’s December Market at Fischman Liquors and Tavern. Featuring live acoustic music, food truck fare from the Wagyu Wagon, and all the crafts and drafts you can enjoy. Admission is free. All ages welcome. Hope to see you there!
Small Business Saturday has arrived! Below is a list of some locally owned Chicago stores that I love and recommend. The list is by no means exhaustive, so get out there and explore! Check out that cute little shop you’ve always been curious about, buy yourself a snack at that sweet little bakery down the street. Enjoy your shopping day, I guarantee you’ll find amazing gifts and will get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that your dollars are going right back into your community!
Local Goods Chicago http://localgoodschicago.indiemade.com/Inkling
Took a lovely little road trip up to the Wisconsin border this weekend and got a stack of new “breakers” (damaged old books to upcycle into newly bound journals). Keep your eyes on the Etsy shop for these old gals, soon to be refreshed into gorgeous new blank books!
I’m back from a quick (work, book unrelated) trip to Antwerp! Rest assured I absorbed as much inspiration (and, uh, Belgian beer) as I could in my off hours, visiting such visual delights as the Cathedral of Our Lady (where I found the bookish beauty pictured above) and the amazing Plantin Moretus museum where I took in a lot of information on the history of book printing and admired lovely old book bindings. If you find yourself in Antwerp I highly recommend them both. And if you need a little rest between the sights I also recommend a pint of Kriek or Tripel Karmeliet if you find them on draft!