Bizarre Buys

Etsy's great and all, but no one wants to wait five business days to receive his one-of-a-kind buy in the mail. For those instant-gratification types, the Indie Craft Bazaar lets you shop eclectic finds the old-fashioned way: in person. At this handmade marketplace, you can meander through 60 booths in search of the perfect framed cross-stitch or comic-book drawstring bag. Chances are you'll discover things you didn't even know you want, like a zombie poster of Hey Arnold or doll-head fairy lights. Since 2009, this arts and crafts festival has been held every other month, but this is the first one in almost half a year. Artists and crafters are handpicked to vend at the market based on the uniqueness of their products and how elaborately they are displayed in their booths. And unlike online shopping, buyers are allowed to not just hold the items before they buy them but can also meet the artists who made them. There will be live music, free raffles, and do-it-yourself workshops led by the crafters themselves. So shop till you drop, grab a bite to eat, head to the bar to order $3 mimosas, and repeat. This vintage arts and craft festival takes place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Revolution Live, located on 100 SW Third Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $5. Visit getupandcraft.com, or call 954-785-7475.
Sat., July 13, 12-5 p.m., 2013
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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