On Sunday, we woke up early and set up shop at St. Joseph’s High School for the St. Boniface Christmas Fair.
This is our fourth year doing this holiday market and each year gets better and better. The other vendors are simply some of the nicest people we have ever met. You can find everything from upstate estate sale pieces to brightly-colored, handmade quilts. They serve homemade chili, play holiday music, sell the most scrumptious baked goods, and have fabulous basket raffles.
We consider this to be the hidden treasure of holiday markets in our neighborhood. When Chad and I first started dating we quickly discovered that we both enjoyed a good flea market, yard sale, or thrift store! We took a trip up to Brimfield, Massachusetts on our first vacation together to go antiquing. We found the most interesting things at the best prices around. The St. Boniface Christmas Fair is exactly like that trip. I can tell you – Chad is not much of a shopper, but at this fair he’s a shop-a-holic! This year I wised-up and brought two extra bags because I knew he’d find some amazing presents for our family and friends. And that he did!
After living in Brooklyn for several years now, we’ve found it difficult to find things at a bargain price. Getting a good deal is one of the things that excites us the most. We find ourselves saying, “We can’t buy that – you know it would only be $10 in Brimfield” - not at The St. Boniface Fair. Each time he’d come back to our booth with another handful of treasures he’d say, “Jac, it was $2. I couldn’t not buy it.” And the truth is the gifts were so perfect that I couldn’t argue with him – in fact I wouldn’t have minded if he had paid more for them!
Our friend Matthew Kells & his daughter find a vintage camera!
Knit in Brooklyn
In addition to these finds, there are many talented crafters selling their goods. There are jewelry makers, sewers, and knitters. We picked up two hand-knit hats from “Knit in Brooklyn”. The kids love them because they are cozy and we love them because they have an extra band that covers their necks. Georgia also refers to hers as her “Anna Hat” because it has two braids. She hasn’t taken it off since.
If you love a quilt, Angeline Roth is the woman you should visit. A native of the Netherlands, her designs are beautiful and her work is impeccable. You can truly feel the love and care she puts into each of her creations!
So, if you are looking for that perfect mix of antique trinkets, handmade products, homemade food, and –of course- unique greeting cards, be sure to stop by the St. Boniface Christmas Fair next year!