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It's Christmas shopping season! Check out Makers North market

40 Northern Ontario vendors exhibiting at craft fair
These adorable hand-dyed baby onesies were made by Penny Goods, one of the exhibitors at the Makers North Handmade Holiday Market, which takes place this Saturday, Nov. 5. Supplied photo.

Halloween is over, and guess what that means? Christmas shopping season!

The Makers North Handmade Holiday Market, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Ukrainian Hall at 130 Frood Rd., has lots of locally-made present options for people on your Christmas list.

The craft show, which is being held for the first time, features 40 vendors from Northern Ontario who make handmade items, including woodworking, textile art, crocheting, jewellery, sewing, pottery, art and more.

The first 50 people through the doors will receive swag bags filled with goodies from the vendors. There'll also be a food truck on site, selling lunch and refreshments.

“To me, every dollar you spend in your local community, that means that people can stay living there and people can support themselves,” said Julieanne Steedman, one of the event's organizers.

“Buying something handmade is more likely something you're going to keep forever to pass on to your kids, because it's something that's worth more.”

Steedman and fellow Sudburian Tracy Baker are the ladies behind Makers North, a new organization for people who make handmade items.

They're hoping to put any proceeds from the craft fair back into the organization so they can hold workshops on crafting skills.

General admission to the Makers North Handmade Holiday Market is $2, and kids under the age of 12 get in for free.

For more information, visit the Makers North website or Facebook site.


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