With the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy over, holiday gift hunters can enjoy a slightly less chaotic shopping experience this weekend at the Durham Patchwork Holiday Market. Held noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Durham Armory, the market offers clothing, jewelry, soaps, gift items and more made by local designers and artisans, along with an assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry and home décor. Makers and vendors are chosen by a juried process to exhibit in the market. The first 150 customers will receive a free tote bag designed by Durham’s Erica Kane Fink. Admission is free. For more info, visit facebook.com/thedurhampatchworkmarket.com.
Part local gift shop, part classroom, Gather opens in its new downtown Raleigh space this week. The shop features locally made clothing, bath and body products, candles and more, and is owned by Michelle Smith, the woman behind local shopping ventures the Rock & Shop Market, Kindred Boutique and IndieNC. The tiny shop (just 16 feet by 6 feet) has a larger classroom space in the back that will host a variety of workshops during the year.
During the grand opening event, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, will host a “Made by Men” market with seven local men selling their wares in tents in the parking lot outside the shop. There also will be free cider and doughnuts. Gather is at 715 N. Person St., gathergoodsco.com.
Indio boutique in Durham’s Brightleaf Square will host a fiber jewelry workshop 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will learn how to make a wrapped rope necklace using fiber wrapping and embroidery techniques. Class fee is $35, and attendees can register by calling 919-797-0456.
South boutique in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont Village will have the latest necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more from Clara Williams Company at a trunk show Dec. 8-9. The store will have extended hours on Dec. 9, open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, call 919-240-5475.
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