Skip the mall and head straight to Ypsilanti’s Savoy for a day of shopping and dancing as D.I.Ypsi (dip-si) plays host to a Handmade Holiday Fair from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. December 11.
D.I.Ypsi is the newest event in a series of handmade fairs that are putting Southeast Michigan on the do-it-yourself map. While consumer attitudes continue to shift to more authentic, local shopping experiences, these events are quickly gaining popularity both in Michigan and around the country.
D.I.Ypsi will host 29 vendors with specialties ranging from lampwork glass and birch bark jewelry to upcycled sculpture as well as apparel for men, women and children. Marcy Davy, one of the organizers and artists of the event, said many of the vendors are alumni of the Shadow Art Fair, an incredible bi-annual art fair organized by the Michigan Design Militia. However, instead of an art fair this year organizers of the SAF are throwing a Krampus Costume Ball at Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery.
“We are all alumni vendors of Shadow Art Fair, and have enjoyed seeing it become an incredible bi-annual experience right in our backyards,” Davy said. “We have all dreamed about putting on our own show at one point or another, and we wanted to preserve an opportunity to connect artists with holiday shoppers in Ypsilanti, so we took the leap!”
Chris Haywood will be playing music all day at D.I.Ypsi, featuring an eclectic mix of both old and new. In addition to artists selling handmade gifts, organizers will also offer a variety of food from some incredible local vendors and a free gift wrapping station sponsored by Yelp!
Following DIYpsi, SAF will be teaming up to host a swinging after-party for the Krampus Costume Ball at Savoy.
“I am told there will even be a parade leading revelers from Corner Brewery to Savoy led by the Detroit Party Marching Band,” Davy said.
Best of all, admission is free for D.I.Ypsi; so have a cocktail and a bite to eat, and get all of your holiday shopping done in one fun afternoon at the Handmade Holiday Fair.
For more information on D.I.Ypsi, including a complete vendor list and directions to the event, visit www.diypsi.com.
If you’re looking for additional art & craft fairs in the area check out the Tiny Expo in Ann Arbor Dec. 11 and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair Dec. 5.
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