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