Large retailers aren’t the only option in town for shoppers wanting an original creation or a distinctive gift that doesn’t cost a fortune. At Saturday’s fourth annual Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar, visitors will find imaginative merchandise created by aboutr 80 local artisans.
Expect handmade items ranging from jewelry and clothing, as well as stationery, glassware, folk art, stained glass, toys, ceramics, baby gear, home and fashion accessories.
“Whether it’s a handmade pocket watch for dad, or Day of the Dead-inspired sculptures for your sister, the products at Deluxe will have such a huge range of appeal,” said organizer Sara Morrell.
Artists are selected through a juried process.
“We hand-select each artist’s work based on uniqueness, quality and creativity,” she said. “You will only find handmade items, no imported goods or multilevel marketing products.”
right, Gingerbread pins on display.
Many of the items represent the spirit of Oklahoma and its people.
For example, Group Fly founder Vernon Deas makes street-wear apparel from his Oklahoma City home. Inspired by urban culture and skateboarding, he has turned his passion into a clothing line.
“We have cool, unique T-shirts, warm hoodies and little, weird hats,” he said. “We have something for everyone.”
Everything old is new again to artist Adrian Mix. Her focus is a take on the classic sock monkey, yet with a nontraditional twist. She uses a variety of materials when she constructs her adorable pieces, both big and small. She also creates plush mice and cats, all made from thrift-store sweaters and suit coats.
“I sew, create, take bits of this and some of that, and make something lovable out of the most ordinary items,” said Mix.
Additionally, live entertainment will play a big role, with members of the Oklahoma Victory Dolls roller derby team, a performance by the Sugar Free Allstars, music spun by DJB and The Spy, and a free photo booth.
To promote philanthropy, Deluxe offers select community and nonprofit groups spaces to raise awareness and recruit volunteers.
“I do 90 percent of my holiday shopping at Deluxe because I love knowing where my money is going,” Mix said. “I know that when I buy from the artist directly, I am not only supporting them, but I know I am getting something unique and truly special.”