Craft fair, Victorian Christmas Sunday in Nevada City |

Craft fair, Victorian Christmas Sunday in Nevada City

Cynthia Levesque, owner of Neva Co., will be at the Nevada County Craft Fair Sunday with hand-made and original items from Nevada County artisians.
Submitted by Akim Aginsky |

The Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns Sunday to Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

The biannual, independently juried craft fair showcases some of Northern California’s top Etsy vendors, artisans and do-it-yourself crafters and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry and housewares.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items, as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, body care products and more.

The fair began in the summer of 2010 with a group of local crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community, as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the U.S. and Europe, according to organizers.

The inaugural one-day event attracted more than 800 attendees and continues to grow.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair is a hip shopping event that features more than 60 emerging artisans and makers from the Nevada County area and beyond,” said the event’s producer Carabeth Rowley.

“Many of these vendors sell their goods in Sacramento and Bay Area boutiques. We also have vendors who show at the esteemed Renegade Craft Fairs.”

Rowley, an Etsy crafter, owned Lay Swing in Grass Valley before she began selling almost exclusively online and at Northern California boutiques.

She credits the event’s success to the use of social media with helping to spread the word-of-mouth.

This year alone, more than 200 vendors applied and were carefully curated by Rowley, who finds herself always inspired by the new artists and makers.

Local Nevada County businesses represented in this year’s fair include Neva Co., Prettywell, S.O.A.P, Full Circle Press and Kiya’s Naturals.

“I have been a vendor from the very first fair,” said Kiya Rios, owner of Kiya’s Naturals, a local retailer who makes Waldorf-inspired wooden toys and more for children.

“I simply love the Miners Foundry and the way the Nevada City Craft Fair brings it to life with an array of unique and inspiring handmade items.”

There will be a full, no-host bar, plus food and drinks by Holy Mole Organic Mexican Cuisine, Mexican food made from scratch and using only organic ingredients; and Fable Coffee, a specialty micro-roaster serving fresh, small-batch, single-origin coffee varietals, roasted locally. This year, the Nevada City Winter Craft Fair falls on the same weekend as Victorian Christmas. The Nevada City Craft Fair is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Victorian Christmas from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $3.

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