10 can’t-miss handmade holiday shopping events this month 

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10 can’t-miss handmade holiday shopping events this month 

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The 2nd Annual Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo will take place Nov. 4-5, 2017, at the Dayton Masonic Center. CONTRIBUTED

It’s a true sign that the holidays are on the way. Holiday bazaars and craft shows are a huge tradition for finding unique gifts and selling handmade items. Here is a list of some of the best bazaars happening throughout November. Mark your calendars!

2ND ANNUAL DAYTON CRAFT AND ARTISAN EXPO

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton

Handmade craft items from nearly 100 vendors. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 years and under are free. Free parking.

More info:  Facebook

GDSA HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Town & Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. 

Come shop with over 20 vendors and crafters. Located in the breezeway between Petco and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The Little Exchange’s Annual Holiday Open House will be on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 am to 5 pm. As a 501 (c )3 nonprofit, all of the shop’s proceeds benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital and this is its largest fundraising event of the year.

THE LITTLE EXCHANGE ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & BAZAAR

Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Little Exchange, 45 Park Ave., Oakwood. 

The Open House is the major fundraising event of the year and will debut the boutique’s new Christmas merchandise and holiday décor. Every inch of the shop’s old Victorian farmhouse is meticulously decorated for the season and will inspire you to bring the holiday to your home. Customers will find the boutique adorned with custom designed trees, garlands and wreaths, unique ornaments and decorations, holiday serveware, and an assortment of women’s accessories for the season. Throughout the shop, there are gifts for just about everyone: scarves, books, tea towels, stationery, children’s toys and a wide variety of other gifts and stocking stuffers.

Waynesville Music in downtown Waynesville. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

HEARTH WARMING HOLIDAYS

Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Downtown Waynesville 

Kick-off your holiday season and shop our quaint Main Street of 60 antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants.

THE DAYTON WOMAN’S CLUB HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Nov. 10, Noon-6 p.m. and Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

Local artisans, Curiosity Shop of attic treasures, gifts, baked goods, candy, soups, vendors, gift basket raffles. Dinner with cash bar Friday at 6 p.m., reservations requested; buffet lunch Saturday, 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Call 937 228-1124 for reservations and more information.

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Katie Russell of Beavercreek pours batter into a waffle iron during a past Waffle Shop at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton. The yearly event raises money for programs that serve the greater Dayton area. A craft bazaar and bake sale are also part of the event. LISA POWELL / STAFF

88TH ANNUAL WAFFLE SHOP

Nov. 14-16, 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St., Dayton.

Every November Christ Church hosts the community for four days of waffles, sausage, soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, crafts, and white elephant sale. Between 1,600 and 2,000 people attend this event that has been around for 88 years. Waffle Shop profits are given back to the community through a number of grants that are awarded every spring. 

More info:  Website

Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

HOLIDAY ON ICE BAZAAR

Nov. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. 

Shop DVAC’s popular all art, all original, all local jewelry, glass, ceramic & wearable gift gallery. Sip artful, craft cocktails created especially for DVAC by local celebrity bartenders. Vote for your favorite and support Dayton’s contemporary art center. Tickets include 10 percent off your DVAC Holiday Gift Gallery purchase at the event plus yummy bites. Cash bar. $20 DVAC Members; $25 non-members. 937-224-3822. All proceeds benefit DVAC’s exhibitions & education programs.

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Art lovers and cocktail conoisseurs packed the Dayton Visual Arts Center on Nov. 19 to pick Dayton's best holiday cocktail, snack on some tasty finger foods, and of course, buy some one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more for Holiday on Ice, which served as a preview party for ARTtoBUY, DVAC's annual holiday gift gallery. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

DVAC HOLIDAY GIFT GALLERY

Nov. 17-Dec. 23, 11 at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. 

This annual event throughout the holiday season transforms the downtown gallery into an all art, all-original, all-local gift gallery where guests can shop from hundreds of unique items created by 55 Miami Valley artists.

More info: Website

Sugarplum Festival of Trees on Nov. 18-19 at the Dayton Masonic Center will feature designer trees, beautifully pre-decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland for the public to bid on decorated by local artists and designers. CONTRIBUTED

SUGARPLUM FESTIVAL OF TREES

Nov. 18-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W Riverview Ave., Dayton. 

Handmade holiday items and gifts by TWIGs and benefitting Dayton Children’s Hospital. Designer trees, beautifully pre-decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland for the public to bid on decorated by local artists and designers. Trees range from tabletop to full size. A selection of baked goods and candies, raffle baskets and more. 

More info: Website

The Fairmont Athletic Boosters Arts & Crafts Show will take place Nov. 18 at Trent Arena and Fairmont High School Athletic Complex. CONTRIBUTED

FAIRMONT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CRAFT SHOW

Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kettering Fairmont High School, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. 

With 200 booths, shoppers will have an extensive selection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products to choose from. Items offered include holiday decorations, handmade crafts, stylish jewelry, clothes, specialty food items, wood and metal crafts and much more. The craft show is held throughout Trent Arena and Fairmont High School Athletic Complex. Proceeds from the craft show help support Fairmont Firebird Athletics.

More info: Website

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