Holiday Guide

Holiday Markets are the Perfect Places to Find Handmade Gifts

Buy local throughout the state of Rhode Island this season

So Rhode Island Magazine ·

“Buy Local” might be a trendy catchphrase, but it’s a real way to seriously boost our state’s economy and keep talent in the area. Rhode Island is home to so many artists, makers, creatives and craftspeople that it’s easy to find unique gifts to surprise your loved ones with, instead of mass produced fare. We’ve made it even easier by rounding up art and craft sale events happening all over the state.

The Foundry Artists Association Holiday Sale at the Pawtucket Armory is self-produced by its talented group of artists. Clay and earthenware, mosaics, plush toys, leather, collage and much more delight treasure seekers who can also meet the artists. The sale runs from December 9-11. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 

The Jamestown Arts Center’s Holiday Arts Market features high quality and unique curated works like glass, clothing, painting, prints, ceramics and jewelry by local artists on December 9-10. 18 Valley Street, Jamestown. 401-560-0979

Mad Dog Artist Studios holds their fifth annual holiday sale from December 9-11 to coincide with The Foundry Sale. Forty member artist mediums include (but are not limited to) furniture, woven and knitted textiles, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, mixed media, wall art and soaps. Don’t forget to check out the brand new first floor Mad Dog Café. 65 Blackstone Avenue, Pawtucket. 401-722-7800

The RISD Alumni and Student Holiday Art Sale on December 10 is an artistic smorgasbord for design lovers. It’s so massive that it needs the Rhode Island Convention Center to fit its mini-reunion of more than 200 talented alums and students selling fine art, glass, ceramics, apparel, jewelry, home goods and more. 1 Sabin Street, Providence. 401-277-4931

Four Corners Arts Organization hosts a finely curated boutique fair of local and regional artists and artisans on December 10. Choose from pottery, fine art, photography, jewelry and more. 3850 Main Road, Tiverton. 

The Providence Flea Holiday Markets will be held 11 and 18 inside the Hope High School cafetorium, offering whimsical and unexpected holiday and gift-themed merchandise from 50 vendors. 324 Hope Street, Providence. 

Craftland’s 15th annual Holiday Extravaganza will take over its shop downtown, bringing in an additional 50(ish) vendors to its usual 100 with a huge collection of hip, locally made gifts. 212 Westminster Street, Providence. 401-272-4285

The South County Art Association’s 46th Annual Holiday Pottery and Art Sale lives up to its name with assorted prints, photography and small paintings, cards, jewelry and ceramics by SCAA members, on sale through December 17. 2587 Kingstown Road, Kingston. 401-783-2195, 

Now through December 22, DeBlois Gallery’s Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show offers one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local artists and artisans. Find fine art and sculpture, jewelry and handmade accessories, soaps, holiday ornaments, cards and whimsical stocking stuffers for every special someone on your list. 134 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. 401-847-9977

The Providence Art Club’s 112th annual Little Pictures Show and Sale – running now through December 23 – is certainly the longest-running event in the list and a chance to take home fine art at an affordable price; paintings cannot exceed $300 or 16” x 16” in size and are replaced with others as they sell, with more than 600 total. 11 Thomas Street, Providence. 401-331-1114


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