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We're still a week out from Black Friday, and all the craziness that day entails. Before we get to that, this weekend brings several chances to get an early, and ethical start to your holiday shopping.

Annual Holiday Fair Trade Market

This will be the fifth year of this collaboration between St Leo's Parish and Urban Grace Church. It's a chance to shop close to home for Fair Trade and locally-sourced products from here and around the world. The emphasis of the event is on using your spending power to promote justice locally and globally.

Tacoma is For Lovers Presents: Artist Craft Fair

Tacoma is For Lovers and King's Books once again bring us an event celebrating local artists, offering their work for sale. The event promotes the work of local artists, and encourages reuse, intentionality, sustainability and high craft. Browse arts, crafts, jewelry, letterpress prints, and more. And if none of that strikes your fancy, King's Books is always a great place to pick up a gift.

Empty Bowls

This annual tradition raises money for the Emergency Food Network. Artists and community members donate handmade bowls of all shapes and sizes - this year they're promising more than 1,200. Bowls start at $10 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to feed hungry people in Pierce County. Each unique, handcrafted bowl comes with a complementary bowl of soup donated by a local restaurant, and the knowledge that you did something good for your community.

Those are a few events going on this weekend. Next weekend, if you're doing the sane thing and avoiding the chaos at the mall and big box stores, there are plenty more local shopping opportunities, including Small Business SaturdayIndies First, featuring local authors; and the Holiday Gift Barter Faire. The following week brings the Beautiful Angle Holiday Party and Benefit Poster Sale, and the Fair Trade Market at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Find all these and a few other events on our events calendar. Is there something we missed?


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