Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sweet Street Faire Finds

I love street fairs, and today was the Carlsbad Village Street Faire. It is the biggest street fair in San Diego, featuring 900 vendors and over 50 food stands, that takes place twice a year (one Sunday in May and one Sunday in November). The weather is always spectacular the day of the fair drawing a very large crowd of shoppers. Parking is free in the lot west of State Street. So, I try to get their at 8am with cash, a reusable shopping bag and a hat.

Like all fairs you can find the typical silver jewelry booths, t-shirt and hat vendors, posters and wood carvings. I always go with a mission to find local, handmade and unique goods. Here are few that I found today ...

Shiny Silver large button ponytail holder
Shiny Silver large button ponytail holder
Bitty Buttons

beaded hummingbird
Hummingbird ornament hand beaded by local artisans from Guatemala
Sol Dancer
A portion of their proceeds are donated to the Friendship Bridge, a non-profit micro credit organization offering small business loans and education to underprivileged village women in Guatemala.

Hollander wood earrings
Hollander wood earrings
Green Tree Jewelry
San Diego based company that creates affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources and recycled materials in the USA.

I also picked up some delicious white chocolate macadamia nut toffee from The Toffee Box and some oven baked Honey Peanut Butter dog cookies from Beggar's Bakery for Chloe.

Don't worry if you missed the Carlsbad Village Street Faire today because the Queen Bee Market is on Friday, May 6th & Saturday May 7th at the Del Mar Hilton. This market will feature 50+ handmade vendors and a portion of the proceeds will go to local San Diego charities.

the Queen Bee Market