With the holidays already upon us and Thanksgiving being days away, the shopping season is officially here! But where to start?! Luckily there are many local options for both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to keep you close to home and close to the ones you love this year.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market at CityScape
This event is more than your typical Black Friday, it’s an experience! With live music, a mimosa bar, local beer and wine, ice skating, and of course shopping! There will be over 30 local vendors all with something different to offer from handcrafted jewelry, to funky vintage treasures, as well as desert-inspired gifts to score. So why not give something unique, support your community, and enjoy some wine while avoiding lines?! Friday November 25th at CityScape (1 E. Washington Street) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., presented by Valley Vintage. Find more info here.
Bunky Boutique Thanksgiveaway Weekend
Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday Morning, Bunky Boutique will be doing an hourly giveaway of their handcrafted gift boxes called a Bunky Box! These boxes are a specially curated assortment of items customized to your needs, ranging from home accessories, baby gifts, something for the guys and much more. Not only will they be giving them away every hour, but they will also be for sale in store and online, in case you didn’t win one. Any purchase you make also enters you in a drawing to win a box so don’t miss out. They are also offering 15% off all apparel all weekend long in store and online! Do yourself a favor and check out their website to get a head start on what you’re going to pick up this weekend and for more information. Bunky Boutique is located at 1437 N. 1 Street, #103.
Ornament Marketplace at the Heard Museum
Native-themed ornaments created by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum are being showcased and sold at this annual event happening November 25-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Gorgeous hand-crafted naja-inspired sterling silver ornaments with stunning additions made by Vernon Begaye will be available on the first day of the marketplace, but are in limited supply, so arrive early. There will also be a large variety of ornaments in a range of styles like miniature baskets, carved wooden figures, intricate bead work and pottery that is delicately hand painted by a multitude of American Indian Artists. For more information please visit the museum’s website. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave.
Practical Art Robot Ornament Workshop
Practical Art will be hosting another glitter-filled, super fun Robot Ornament workshop with Jordan Alexander Thomas! This event has been such a huge success in the past that they’re back again with a killer deal of two make-and-take ornaments for only $10 (one for you and one for a friend, co-worker, grandma, or cat!) You have to check them out because they’re adorable. Happening Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Practical Art, 5070 N Central Ave. For directions or tickets, check out Practical Art’s website.
Black Friday at Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum will offer a number of specials for Black Friday, including free general admission and discounted exhibition tickets from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The first 25 non-member households to visit will receive a free one-year membership, with additional membership discounts offered, as well. And for a unique selection of gift items, stop by the Museum Store where members will receive a 20% discount and non-members will receive 10%. Oh and did we mention free coffee and doughnuts while supplies last? The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Avenue. Complete Black Friday info can be found here.
DeSoto Central Market
Offering something a little different on Black Friday, DeSoto Central Market will be partnering with the Lincoln Family YMCA to host a free workout they are calling “Burn the Bird” to help burn those extra calories after that substantial Thanksgiving meal. From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. you will get to experience various exercise routines ranging from cardio to mixed styles of pilates and yoga! After your workout, it’s time to cool down with Tea and Toast offering 10% off their tasty beverages and treats or Radish also offering 20% off all juice and smoothies for guests! DeSoto is a great venue that offers so much variety in the way of food, drink, and shopping, so you can also pick up a few deals while enjoying the space. Moonage will offer 25% off all handmade jewelry, candles, and prints at their shop, as well as online through the weekend and Cyber Monday! Also check out Phoenix Flea’s pop-up shop that recently opened on the mezzanine, offering even more local gems to give the gift of Phoenix local love.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Phoenix Flea, known as a modern market for vintage, fine art, fashion, and much more has a massive lineup of 100 local vendors this year. The fourth annual event will be held at Heritage Square Park (113 N. 6th Street) on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find a broad range of offerings including modern cactus gardens and other funky creations from PeaboPots, gorgeous natural reclaimed urban woodgrain furnishings and more from Lumberlust, SaltPeter Metals and a ton of other talented jewelers bringing striking jewelry pieces. And come hungry because you’ll also find some of the BEST food trucks around. You can pre-order your tickets online and find more info at phx-flea.com.