Christmas Markets in the United States: a growing trend, stealing share from malls?

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There are way more holiday pop-ups coming at us each year.  There are the traditional Christmas markets that are found in cities big and small around the US (NYC, Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati etc.) and then there’s the cooler, hipster-style markets from the maker/creator crowd that are generally just up for a weekend vs. 2-3 weeks.

This weekend I checked out both Phoenicia Flea‘s Holiday in Brooklyn and the 8th Annual ETSY Handmade Calvacade at the Chelsea Market.  Both had handcrafted as well as vintage products and included a broad assortment of apparel and accessories, soaps and fragrances as well as delicious snacks and artisanal spirits (check out the White Pike Whiskey packaging below by Mother Design!!).

Of the two markets, I much preferred the Phoenicia Flea. I coveted almost everything there – especially the beautiful ceramics and great vintage collectibles. I also loved the location: the Sky Gallery space in Gowanus with its outdoor firepit. ETSY was more jampacked but I didn’t find the products as interesting. Also, versus prior years, they seem to be slacking in terms of location, decor, vibe.

I have been trying to find sales figures for Christmas/Holiday Markets but have come up empty – if anyone has any reliable sources, please send along to me – would be much appreciated.

Pictures below from both markets:

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Phoenicia Flea at Sky Studios Gowanus

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Foster Built Coffee – great t-shirts as well!!

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Fire pit

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One of my favorite vendors – great collectibles

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Could have bought everything here!!

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White Pike Whiskey was a favorite – loved the chalkboard element along with the white chalk they provide to write a gift message on the bottle. Bottle by Mother Design.

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Shoppers at Phoenicia Flea

 

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ETSY at Chelsea Market

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Super crowded

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Definitely appeals to women

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