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The Holiday Season has Arrived

It’s time to get shopping at one of these local seasonal markets!

By Jillian Chandler

‘Tis the season of holiday markets! There’s nothing like finding dozens of fabulous vendors all in one place for you to get your holiday—or just plain any day—shopping accomplished. By visiting one of these area holiday markets, you’re sure to discover that perfect gift for those special people in your life.

Set for Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, The Great Junk Hunt Puyallup invites shoppers to their annual holiday market. Held at the Washington State Fairgrounds, you’ll find more than 90,000 square feet of the freshest “junk” around—and some of the best vendors on the West Coast. In addition to curated vendors selling their best goods, with aisles of junkin’ treasure (think farmhouse, industrial, vintage, repurposed and handmade), the two-day event will also have cocktails and live music onsite. Tickets to attend must be purchased prior to the event, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For additional details about The Great Junk Hunt, and to purchase tickets, visit

Kicking off the same day as The Great Junk Hunt but continuing through December 19 is the Red Barn Holiday Market. The event takes place at the Red Barn (14407 94th Avenue East in Puyallup). Here attendees can shop everything from unique handmade home and holiday décor to antiques, and new and used items of all kinds. Variety is a given, as the Red Barn Holiday Market will feature more than 30 crafters and vendors. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there too, along with a photographer to snap that perfect holiday shot. The fun takes place each weekend, Friday through Sunday. Hours are 11am to 6pm Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday, and 11am to 6pm Sunday. For additional details, visit

The Tacoma Holiday Market Extravaganza is scheduled for Sunday, November 21. Held at the Tacoma Mall (4502 South Steele Street) from 11am to 7pm, this full day of shopping will feature 30 local vendors, giveaways, pictures with Santa, holiday music and more! Hosted by Washington Shoppers Market, you can find out more by searching the event on Facebook.

You can "Shop Small" along “The Row.” With more than 25 shops along Antique Row in Tacoma filled with one-of-a-kind items to make your own or to gift others, strolling Antique Row definitely beats shopping at those crowded big box stores. Shopping locally is easy, so head out to Antique Row, and your other favorite local shopping destinations, on November 27 in collaboration with Shop Small Saturday. You can show your love for small businesses, not just on November 27, but every day.

Now … get shopping!

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