Artisan markets popping up

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Holland Kertsmarkt. Courtesy photo.

There’s nothing quite like finding a unique, one-of-a-kind artisan item for the tree or to gift. Try these lakeshore area markets for a little bit of both:

Weekends through Dec. 16
Kerstmarkt Holiday Market, Holland

Eighth Street Marketplace, Fridays and Saturdays, hours vary. Dutch for “Christmas market,” this five-weekend long Kerstmarkt will feature local artisans and specialty shops, European-style.  kerstmarkt.wordpress.com/about

Dec. 10
Very Merry Market, Spring Lake

Trillium Events, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Over 55 makers will be offering their handcrafted goods at Trillium Events marking the sixth year of this event. Live music by Plain Jane Glory and food will be available. Tickets are $3 (kids enter free!) and may be purchased at the door through cash or card. If you feel inclined, the event will also accept non-perishable food donations to benefit Momentum Center’s Micro-Pantry. A portion of the door fees will be donated to Kenzie’s Be Cafe. visitgrandhaven.com

Dec. 16
Winter Arts and Crafts Market, Zeeland

Holland Fish and Game Club, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More than 65 artists and crafters from the West Michigan region and beyond will be displaying their handmade goods during this event’s second annual run. Free entry. holland.org

Dec. 17
The Mitten Vintage Market

Town Center Holland, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Over 20 vendors will be selling their wares. Free admissions and food trucks. facebook.com/mvfleamarket

Permanent Pop-Up

If you’re struggling finding the time to make it out to one of these markets, Brattt’s Treasures (9479 Riley St Suite 365) in Zeeland has you covered as a brick-and-mortar pop up market! Opened in May, owner Ann Marie Deruyscher hosts local crafters on her shelves and even livestreams the auctions of the products herself. The stock is always rotating. Check FB for updates and hours

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