Friday-Sunday: Black Friday Artisans Bazaar

Nov. 27-29

Black Friday is a crazy, icky, consumerist shit show every year, but over the past few years it's gotten more out of control—people die or get injured while shopping and several big-box stores have started to open on Thanksgiving Day, because nothing will sate our American thirst for deals. According to the National Retail Federation, there was an 11 percent drop in sales during Black Friday last year, and some speculate that's due in part to a boycott—an act of protest against racial injustice in this country. More and more people are shopping consciously, choosing to support businesses that support their interests, and they're shopping locally, which is great—we should know where our things come from and who made them. That's why local markets and fairs, like this Black Friday Artisans Bazaar, are so important. This weekend you'll find handmade journals, art, accessories, holiday cards, hand-painted sneakers, and more—along with food, face-painting, music, and a moon bounce—in this Harwood art space. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m., Soulful Emergence Art Gallery, 2602 Greenmount Ave., (443) 267-8131, simply-sumaiyah.com, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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