Get your holiday shopping out of the way at the 2018 Columbus Circle Holiday Market, which will be running from November 28th through December 24th! The market is a quintessential NYC shopping experience that attracts both locals and visitors alike. For many Upper West Siders, it also marks the start of the holiday season. Merry shopping!
More than 100 vendors will be present and ready to sell handcrafted items, specialty foods, and other artisan goods. There’s something to be found for everyone.
Some items from the market are labeled with an Artisan Pledge symbol. This means that the item meets the criteria required to be considered environmentally conscious. Such items are usually made from recycled, reused, or vintage materials. They’re also typically organic certified and entirely made from scratch. This is truly rare in today’s world of mass-produced retail goods.
Here are a few of the vendors participating in the 2018 Columbus Circle Holiday Market!
Hoadin offers eco-friendly accessories that are exclusively designed for dogs. The brand’s name is an acronym that stands for Help Out A Dog in Need. With every purchase you make, they’ll make a donation towards a local dog rescue. Hoadin’s products are put together by a team of craftsmen located in the US. They use environmentally friendly materials such as cork fabric and nylon webbing in order to build products that are durable and sustainable. Buy one of their US made dog collars and leashes for your furry friend at this year’s market.
Article 22 is an ethical designer brand that produces handcrafted jewelry and home accessories. They are committed to designing items that are made by following sustainable practices. The name of the company comes from an article that’s from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 22 stands for equal rights and social justice. They are also part of the Fair Trade Federation. Some of the items they offer include bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces. They are made from aluminum, metals, stones, and other recyclable materials. Gift yourself a fashionable accessory that’s completely original this Christmas.
Jicama California Street Food
This street food vendor serves healthy treats that are based on an exotic blend of cuisines from around the world. Jicama California Street Food creates unique dishes that combine Mexican, Asian, and Caribbean flavors. Each dish is finished with an eye-catching presentation in order to attract both vegan and meat eaters. Since this vendor is all about eating healthy, you’ll find classic foods updated with an innovative and modern twist. For example, the classic hot dog wrapped in a bun is replaced by a sausage wrapped in kale. Other delights is the use of jicama as a substitute for flour tortillas. If you are what you eat, then Jicama California Street Food is the way to go.
All Across Africa
All Across Africa is a one-of-a-kind company that designs handmade products for the home. They sell kitchen and dining accessories as well as other artistic home decor. The proceeds from every purchase at All Across Africa benefits the economy in the most deserted areas of Africa. Each donation helps create employment in those regions while implementing sustainable practices. One of their most popular items is the Rwanda basket. The basket is weaved by craftswomen in Rwanda is and is put together with the use of materials such as dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass. These baskets are of great artisanal quality and cultural significance. They are gifted during big life celebrations such as weddings and graduations in Rwanda. Get one for your home and use it as a fruit bowl or as wall decor.
Chopstick Art is a unique company that is dedicated to creating art from recyclable bamboo chopsticks. The company’s owner, Brian, found the idea for his business while studying abroad in China. He saw a lot of bamboo chopsticks being thrown away and decided there was a better way of using them. The art he produces is eco-friendly and will make for the perfect gift during the coming holiday season. Each chopstick is sanitized and colorized before being brought back to life as an incredible piece of art. Since it’s inception, Chopstick Art has already recycled more than 3 million bamboo sticks.
You can find the full list of participating vendors through the link below!
Featured images: Ethan Covey