Pop-up art market offers last-minute, local holiday gifts

The Procrastinators Art Market features more than a dozen local artists with a wide variety of items and prices on Saturday. The market is designed to allow last-minute holiday shopping to be done locally. (Sydney Smith)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Utah artists is hosting a pop-up craft market for last-minute, local holiday gifts.

“I buy Christmas presents at the last minute, like people say, like the middle of December and say, you know, like it’s just shy of four.” shopping… I usually finish my shopping on Christmas Eve. ,” said Sidney Smith, architect and organizer.

The Procrastinators Art Market features over a dozen local artists with a wide variety of items and prices. The market is designed to allow last-minute holiday shopping to be sourced locally.

“If we spend money on things like gifts, I think there is something to be able to buy something that is locally sourced, or sourced in a way that you want to connect with. and proud of it. give somebody something with a lot of roots,” Smith said.

Buying local also helps support artists who continue to produce in the local community.

“It’s a very nice feeling to think that someone can find something I made, and it can be a way for them to connect with me and my work, and also something that is in their house is very unique,” Smith said. “It’s a big compliment and it’s really important and it helps me to make this my money you know without sales, it’s impossible by the local artists you see, you know, this cannot be accomplished.

Some of the items in the market include ceramics, jewelry, textiles, soaps, paints, clothing, plants and glassware. Artisans selling vintage or recycled items are also featured in the market.

“There’s a huge variety of products, even if it’s artisanal and handmade. I think you can probably find something for anyone in this store, you know from kids, adults, like families, coworkers and partners. It’s like a really good form of research,” Smith said.

The process of setting up a pop-up shop or art market in the midst of the holiday season can be difficult. The holiday season is often the busiest time for local artists or crafters who have difficulty submitting entries for events like the Procrastinators Art Market, he added.

“I’m so happy that I was able to connect with so many people who had enough research that they thought they could get this research.” like this market the weekend before Christmas,” said Smith.

The event is the first to be hosted by Smith, who recently pursued art as a full-time career and moved to Utah.

“I was half joking yesterday when I talked to one of the artists that this is a scam for me to make friends and meet people from their village,” he laughed. this.

The pop-up market is Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm at 3511 S. 300 East. Attendees are encouraged to park on 300 East.


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Ashley Fredde covers human services and women’s issues for KSL.com. He also enjoys reporting on arts, culture and entertainment. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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