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November 2014
Shop-portunities
How to get that gift list checked off as quickly (yet thoughtfully) as possible? Pencil a few of these festive events into your calendar. From artisan markets to King Street strolls, they make holiday shopping merry

November 22
Buy Local Block Party: Artisan Market & Maker Tours
This first-time Lowcountry Local First event—part of the November 15-December 15 Buy Local Month—includes the Lowcountry Artists Market, packed with goods from area artisans and craftspeople. 1630 Meeting Street Rd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

November 28 & 29
Holiday Market at Middleton Place
Carols, plus complimentary hot cider and treats, get shoppers in the spirit as they peruse an open-air market featuring local vendors and visit the Garden Market & Nursery and the Museum Shop. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.middletonplace.org

November 28 & December 5, 12, 14, & 18
King Street Shopping Events
Look for special hours and promotions on Black Friday, followed by A Night in Wine Country: Taste, Shop, Stroll ($50) on December 5. Then, on December 12, 80-plus retailers offer refreshments, trunk shows, special deals, and more during an evening Holiday Shop & Stroll ($21; $16 advance). A December 14th Second Sunday on King closes the street to car traffic from Calhoun to Queen, and the 18th is Men’s Shopping Night, with drinks and gift counseling making buying a breeze. Locations, times, & prices vary. www.christmasonkingstreet.com

December 5-January 11
”Favorite Things”
From wall art and sculptures to inventive teapots and vibrant bowls, this Cone 10 Studios exhibit includes clay pieces by some 30 member artists. Shop and snack on refreshments by Celia’s of Charleston during the opening shindig on December 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cone 10 Studios, 1080 Morrison Dr. Daily, call for hours. Free. www.cone10studios.com

 December 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21
Charleston Holiday Farmers Market
The farmers market in Marion Square expands to weekend-long affairs during December, with vendors selling locally made gifts like candles, coasters, pet accessories, jewelry, and artwork amidst live music performances and visits from Santa. Marion Square, corner of King & Calhoun sts. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com

December 11
”Popcorn Garland: a small works show”
Find original artwork priced from $25 to $500 by Michael Mitchell’s regular artists (all 25 of them), as well as about 10 guest creatives. Live music and cocktails fuel the fun.
Michael Mitchell, 438 King St. Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Free. www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com

December 13
Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show
Snag unique, locally made gifts while stocking up on fresh fare and entertaining the kids with face painting, jump-castle bouncing, and of course, Kris Kringle. Farmers Market Pavilion, Coleman Blvd. & Simmons St., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.comeonovermp.com  

December 13 & 14
Village Antiques & Collectibles Holiday Market
Got folks on your list who love, say, vintage instruments, aged silver, or retro toys? Fork over $2 (benefitting The Spay Not Slay Endowment) for this market, offering home and outdoor decor, fine antiques, furniture, collectibles, art, jewelry, crafts, salvaged items, and more.
Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Cir., North Charleston. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2. www.northcharleston.org

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