This weekend, the Holiday Flea brings 190 Colorado crafters and makers to the Sports Castle. The holiday gift market, presented by the Denver Flea, kicks off Friday night with a ticketed VIP party from 6-9 p.m. ($35). For the remainder of the weekend, entrance is $5 for adults, free for kids—and the first 250 people arriving on Saturday and Sunday get a free beer (if you’re late, you can buy that beer, as well as cocktails and food truck fare).
Just in case you’re overwhelmed by the multi-floor assortment of goods, we’ve narrowed it down to five of our favorite Flea vendors.
Penni Olive’s whimsical yet practical hand-sewn linens make great gifts for hosts and hostesses. We love the adorable applique aprons—available in adult and kid sizes—adorned with everything from rainbow unicorns to the Colorado state flag; napkins in vintage holiday prints and other funky patterns; and felted-wool holiday garlands.
Handmade home goods from Sub Rosa Mercantile, a tiny shop in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, are funky enough to mix in with almost any home decor. Our favorite: the Coco Chispa pottery line (pictured), with designs that subtly incorporate mountain silhouettes for an offbeat Colorado vibe.
Boulder-born artist Cassandra Rose produces a range of whimsical wood art and illustrations with a Western theme. Look for her word-prints on wood, colorful buffalo silhouettes, and Colorado-city-themed prints (perfect for a vacation home).
Speaking of locally inspired decor, Fish Kiss is known for its kitschy state-themed maps, which the Colorado company prints on everything from pillows to stationery. The hand-illustrated designs are especially fun for the little ones on your list—check out the baby blankets, onesies, and BPA-free dishware.
A Fort Collins-based couple designs and produces Seed and Stone’s line of sleek-yet-earthy, poured-concrete home accessories. Featuring geometric shapes and a soft color palette, their planters, bowls, and other home goods work especially well in homes with a modern design. A small planter (just add a succulent!) is a great party-season hostess gift.
December 1-3, 2017
Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.