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If the term "craft fair" conjures in your mind two tables of stained glass ornaments and a creepy doll parts tent, you might rethink your presumptions. Craft fair meets holiday party as "Bust" magazine hosts a raucous, 12-hour "Holiday Craftacular" in Greenpoint on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The organizers promise an entire afternoon and evening of original - and in some cases highly unusual - handcrafted clothes and accessories made by over 80 visiting and local crafters, all accompanied by booze, DJs and dancing.

"Most of the vendors will be these really talented crafters that mostly make their products in their home," says "Bust" marketing coordinator Sheila Burgel.

Among the rare gift items will be colorful, crocheted cupcake tree ornaments (how did they do that!?); glittery yarmulke bras (it’s for real - see it to believe it); original iPod cozies by Becky Lee, which are the only way to make an iPod original at this point; "hip" holiday stockings; jewelry; beauty products; silk-screened T-shirts and handbags.

Additional handmade goods for sale include Hodge Podge’s vintage-inspired doggie sweaters, and My Imaginary Boyfriend’s "Christmas Robot" ornament (pictured, left).

DJ Rekha, who spins at Manhattan club S.O.B.’s well-attended Basement Bangra parties, will provide the music - along with DJ Shakey, Dirty Jean, Peppermintwist and Jaime Kozyra - for your enjoyment on the dance floor.

Throughout the day, authors will be present for book signings, including Boerum Hill’s own Ayun Halliday ("No Touch Monkey!"), and New York’s own Dazzle Dancers will go "totally nuts," says Burgel, in their nearly nude disco dance performance.

"Holiday Craftacular" will be held from noon to midnight on Dec. 17 at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave. at Eckford in Greenpoint).

DJ Rekha is expected to spin from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. The first 1,000 shoppers to show up get a free gift. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.bust.com/craftacular.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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