There’s a new Groupon promo code. Groupon almost always saves you money, usually half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them more affordable. However, with this latest promotion, you can really save big. Here’s the inside scoop: Through Wednesday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. MT, get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon Local Deals, with promo code WINTER20. That’s anything from dinners and National Western Stock Show tickets to spa treatments and fun things to do. To get the deal, use this link to take you Groupon’s Top Deals in the Denver-Boulder area. You can get up to a $50 discount per deal. There are a few exclusions: Read the fine print here.
It’s a new year and time to start seriously saving again after that wild holiday spending spree. The 2017 Entertainment Book is full of coupons for local shopping, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, services, and more. Books are published every year and the coupons are good until the following December. Many times, especially with coupons for local attractions, you’ll see 2-for-1 offers, so you’re saving up to 50% off. And remember that you can use these books during travel, so if your sweetie is planning a getaway to Hawaii or Florida or wherever, consider buying a book for the intended destination. The regular price for an Entertainment coupon book is $35 plus shipping, and several times a year the books are offered at a reduced price. For two days only through Wednesday, January 18, you can get 50% off any 2017 Entertainment Book if you buy two or more. You must use the code DOUBLE at checkout to get the discount. Remember, the code ONLY works if you buy two (2) or more books.
I’ve always loved sending greeting cards, even more so when I find a great deal. (Since I was a kid, I also love receiving greeting cards. I think it has something to do with getting a “surprise” in the mail. Who knows?) Unfortunately, the Hallmark Gold Crown Store is closing at Park Meadows (8401 Park Meadows Center Dr. in Lone Tree.) The last day of business is Wednesday, January 25. [Read more…] about Park Meadows Hallmark Closing — Save 75% On Everything
Blue light special! Kmart has not been doing well in the past few years, so yet another location is closing. This time, it’s at 363 S. Broadway. (Does anyone else remember “Blue Light Specials”? I still miss the hoagies and popcorn I ate as a kid, every time my parents stopped at Kmart.) Given the closing was just announced, the shelves and racks are still very full. (I snooped around the store last night for the inside scoop.)
Currently, the store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Plus, the store will not honor any store sales, coupons or promos. (Based on my research, manufacturer’s coupons will still be accepted — for the time being.) As of this week, the discount ranges from 10% to 30% off — edibles and consumables (paper products, cleaning supplies, food storage, pet food and more) are 10% off; bedding, bath, party supplies, stationery (and just about everything else in between) are 20% off; greeting cards are 25% off; and athletics, costume jewelry and pet supplies & accessories are 30% off. As always, MHOTC will do our best to keep you updated, as the discounts increase.
The location is expected to close by the end of March. As an “expert” on going-out-of-business sales, I would guess the deals will start getting really good in late February/early March. (The trick is to keep checking in every day or stopping by every few days, in the last few weeks of the sale.) If the sale follows others, you can often get items for up to 95% off in the last few days — just get there early.
If you like pottery, you’re going to love the annual Pots By The Pound sale from January 6 to 31 at Commonwheel Artists Cooperative. The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. We’re talking bowls, vases, platters, canisters and more. Pottery seconds are weighed on a scale and sold by the pound while other artwork is priced at discounted prices. Don’t worry if you can’t make the opening days, pottery is constantly restocked throughout the event. 102 Canon Ave in Manitou Springs (which is just west of Colorado Springs).
If you received a gift card under the tree, review Bryan’s article at Living On The Cheap — “The Coupon Insider: Stretching gift cards.” He offers tips and tricks on how to stretch ’em further than their face value. A gift card may be hard plastic, but it’s definitely flexible — if you spend it wisely.
Plus, most of the holiday gift card bonus offers don’t end until December 31 — so you still have a few days to “cash in” on the offers. You might even consider spending some of your Christmas cash (if you received some) on gift cards at your favorite retailers and snag the bonuses before they’re gone. Review our “65 Gift Card Promos & Bonuses” post for more details.
Reminder: With the holidays coming right up, make interesting gifts for those on your list, save money and keep unwanted odds and ends out of landfills by shopping at Art Parts, a not-for-profit “creative reuse center” in Boulder. Inventory includes jewelry/parts/supplies, frames, art/craft/school/office materials, fabric, yarns, sewing and other needlework supplies and even an eclectic assortment of other reusable industrial surplus, which the store resells at 30 to 90% off.
There are DIY items suitable for children’s projects as well as for serious artists and crafters. The immaculate and well-organized store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations of clean reusable items are also accepted during Friday and Saturday business hours. 2870 Bluff St. (on the west-facing end of the low-slung commercial building across from RallySport), Boulder, 720-379-5328.
The Arapahoe Library District is famous for its used book sales. But even if you missed them this year, you can find all sorts of gently used hardbacks and paperbacks at the Library District’s Used Book Stores. All are open during normal library hours and prices are typically 50¢ to $2. Many of the books are barely touched, making them ideal inexpensive gifts for the bookworms in your life. Check out: Book Ends Used Book Store – Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver. Encore Used Book Store – Southglenn Library, 6972 S. Vine St., Centennial. Friends Again Used Book Store – Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. Second Chances Used Book Store – Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Cir., Centennial. The Book Nook Used Book Store – Castlewood Library, 6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial.
We hate to see any business shutter, but it appears Aeropostale is the latest clothing retailer to fall on hard times. While there are no Colorado stores slated to close (at least for now), it appear that all are running sales. According to MHOTC reader Jennifer, the Flatirons location has marked all merchandise at 60% off. They also had buy-one get-two FREE on certain items, such as sweats (approximately $34.50 in store). The store was full of merchandise around noon on Saturday, November 19.
Imagine a book store where a good novel will only set you back two bucks. Such a store exists… in Aurora. The Book Outlet started as a place to raise money for the Aurora Public Library system, but bookworms know it’s the place to find a wealth of gently-used reading material at unbelievable prices. Shoppers find thousands (actually tens of thousands) of hardback and paperback books priced from 50¢ to $5 (with most $2 or less). The store also carries CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, puzzles, records and more. You’ll also meet some of the nicest “sales” people in town, all volunteers. The Book Outlet has limited day and hours of operation: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2243 S. Peoria St. (in Iliff Square), 720-747-7977.
Have you wondered if the Goodwill ever receives donations of high-end, designer clothes? Well, yes, they do! Opened in 2012, Déjà Blue Boutique in Cherry Creek North (303 University Ave.) is the non-profit organization’s sole location specializing in brand-name apparel, shoes and accessories for men and women at a fraction of their original retail price. While it sells well-known labels, both gently used and new, Déjà Blue is not a donation drop-off site. Merchandise comes from items collected at Goodwill’s 24 stand-alone donation centers across the Front Range. The “boutique chic” décor features repurposed fixtures and displays, as befits Goodwill’s commitment to sustainability. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Even more trendy, the boutique now also participates in many of Goodwill Denver’s sales and promotions, including 50% off days.
ARC Thrift Stores offer bargains galore every day, and the deals are magnified every Saturday with 50% off most items. If you like to do the thrifty shop hop on Saturdays, be sure to check out any of the 24 Front Range locations. In addition to this weekly Saturday special ARC Thrift Stores color-code price tags — pink for newer items and blue for 50% off items slated to be pulled on the following Tuesday.
Shop for unusual gifts, many handmade by local artists and artisans, at upcoming fall and holiday arts and crafts shows, festivals and bazaars. Because you usually buy directly from the creators, prices are reasonable — and sometimes downright bargains. Unless otherwise indicated, shows are FREE. Check The Denver Post or weekly local newspapers for the occasional discount coupon on admission. We’ll continue to update the map and list events as we receive more information, so check back often. Use the + button to zoom into a specific area. Then, simply hover your mouse over a gift box to find the sales nearest you. Know of a sale we missed? Email us the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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October 4 – 9
- Grandmother’s House Boutique Fall Craft Show, Denver. October 4-8. Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5 (good all 5 days). Children 12 & younger FREE. Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, 303-693-5500.
- Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, Englewood. October 6-8, Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wearable art, textiles for the home, more. Englewood Civic Center, Community Room, 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood.
- Highlands Ranch Fall Craft Show, Highlands Ranch. October 8 & 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Recreation Center at Eastridge. 100+ exhibitors. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind specialty items. 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 303-791-2500.
- Columbine Hills Fall Festival, Littleton. October 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Columbine Hills Church, 9700 Old Coal Mine Ave., Littleton.
October 14 – 16
- Mollie McGee’s Annual Fall Market, Longmont. October 15 & 16. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 160+ booths. Handcrafted gifts, home decor, dolls, jewelry, pottery, art & more. Admission: $4 (good for both days), children under 12 free. Get $1 off admission coupon here. No strollers on Saturday. Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Bldg., Hover Rd. & Nelson Rd., Longmont.
- Corner of Hope Fall Craft Show, Lakewood. October 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Savior’s Corner of Hope Church, 1975 S. Garrison St., Lakewood.
- Smoky Hill United Methodist Church Craft Fair, Centennial. October 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 60+ vendors and pumpkin patch. 19491 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Centennial.
October 21 – 23
- Heather Gardens Craft Fair, Aurora. October 21 & 22. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 60+ crafters at the Clubhouse., 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora.
- Dakota Ridge High School Craft Fair, Littleton. October 22 & 23. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $3 (over age 12). 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton.
- Colorado Senior Connections Stitch n Chatter Craft Bazaar, Edgewater. October 22, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Older adult crafters from West Metro Denver sell handcrafted items. Raffles drawn every hour. American Legion Post 17, 1901 Harlan St., Edgewater.
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Craft Fair & Bake Sale, Northglenn. October 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40+ vendors. Art, quilts, jewelry, home decor, candles, pinatas and more. Food for sale. 11385 Grant Dr., Northglenn.
- Stober Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair, Lakewood. October 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40+ booths. Admission: $2. Children 12 & younger FREE. 2300 Urban St., Lakewood.
- Citywide Show & Sale, Denver. October 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Denver Parks and Recreation art students and teachers sells their wares including pottery, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, wearable items and more. Live music and refreshments.Cook Park Rec Center, 7100 Cherry Creek South Dr., Denver.
October 28 – 30
- Holly Days at Brighton Grange, Brighton. October 28 & 29. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25501 E. Bromley Lane (exit 22 off I-76), Brighton.
- Family in Christ Church Craft Fair, Westminster. October 28 & 29. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested admission: nonperishable food item. 11355 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster.
- Applewood Arts and Crafts Show, Westminster. October 29 & 30. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 110+ artisans, lunch available. No strollers on Saturday. Admission: $4 (good all weekend). $1 off Sunday discount coupon on their site. Standley Lake High School, 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.
- Chatfield High School Craft Fair, Littleton. October 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 50+ vendors, raffle, concessions. Admission: $2. 7227 S. Simms St., Littleton.
November 2 – 6
- Lone Tree Fine Arts & Craft Show, Lone Tree. November 2-5. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No strollers. Admission: $3/adult. Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, 9808 S. Sunningdale Blvd., 303-741-2085.
- Handweavers Guild of Boulder Holiday Show & Sale, Longmont. November 2-6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Sunday; 10 am. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Thousands of quality handmade items from weavers, knitters, bead artists, quilters, spinners and basket makers. Also, daily demonstrations of fiber arts and a Saturday fashion show. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover St. and Nelson Rd., Longmont.
- Colorado Country Christmas, Denver. November 4-6. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 450+ exhibitors, model railroad, visit and photos with Santa, gourmet foods, cooking demos and more. Admission: $14.50/adults (good all three days), 10 and under/FREE. Printable $1 off coupon. FREE parking. Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver (58th Ave. off I-25), Denver.
- Aurora Potters Guild Holiday Sale, Aurora. November 4 & 5. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pottery, ceramics and sculpture by APG members. Ecotech Institute, 1400 S. Abilene St., Aurora.
- APEX Craft Fair, Arvada. November 4 & 5. Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $2 or FREE with donation of new school supplies. Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303-425-9583.
- Deck The Mall, Denver. November 4 & 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handcrafted goods and specialty foods from local artists and crafters. 16th Street Mall (between Arapahoe to Glenarm), Denver.
- Sons of Italy Holiday Gift & Craft Fair, Wheat Ridge. November 4 & 5. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5925 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge.
- Falliday Craft & Bake Sale, Lakewood. November 4 & 5. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40+ crafters, bake sale, used books. Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood.
- Applewood Arts, Highlands Ranch. November 5 & 6. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 110+ artisans fill two gyms. Admission: $4 (good all weekend). $1 off Sunday coupon on their website. Highlands Ranch High School, 9375 S. Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch.
- St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Craft Fair, Aurora. November 5 & 6. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts & crafts, bake sale, raffle. Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 13120 E. Kentucky Ave., Aurora.
- Englewood Holiday Bazaar, Englewood. November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ artisans with crafts and handmade gifts. 3380 S. Lincoln St., Englewood, 303-762-2660.
- Castle Rock Craft Show, Castle Rock. November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 150+ vendors. Bake sale, wreath auction, door prizes, book sale. Douglas County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.
- Home(made) for the Holidays Craft Fair, Denver. November 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Affordable gifts and baked goods made by local artisans. Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St., Denver, 303-733-4643.
- Smoky Hill High School Craft Fair, Aurora. November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 210+ vendors in two gyms and three levels of the cafeteria. 16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora.
- MOPS Holiday Craft Fair, Aurora. November 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community of Grace Church, 4343 S. Flanders St., Aurora.
- The Mac Community Center Craft Sale, Westminster. November 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster.
- Josephine Commons Seniors Craft Show, Lafayette. November 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade crafts, along with professionally-prepared baked goods. 455 N. Burlington Ave., Lafayette.
- Brookdale Green Mountain’s Annual Craft/Art/Bake Sale, Lakewood. November 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Affordable gifts and delicious baked goods. 12791 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood.
- Falliday Craft & Bake Sale, Lakewood. November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40+ crafters, bake sale, used books. Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 20th & Simms, Lakewood.
November 8 – 16
- Grandmother’s House Boutique, Centennial. November 8-12. Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5 (good all 5 days). Children 12 & younger FREE. Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Rd., Centennial, 303-693-5500.
- Louisville Art Association Holiday Craft Show, Louisville. November 9-13. Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Louisville Recreation and Senior Center, 900 West Via Appia, Louisville.
- Boulder Potters Guild Fall Show & Sale, Longmont. November 10-13. Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover St. & Nelson Rd., Longmont.
- Junior League Mile High Holiday Mart, Denver. November 11-13. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ merchants. Tickets: $10. Kids 12 and under free. Parking $7/day in lots or use street meters. RTD Light Rail recommended. Gates Field House at University of Denver, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Denver.
- Unique Boutique Craft Show, Centennial. November 11 & 12. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 70+ artisans. Each artisan is hand-picked by the organizer and products are handcrafted. Shoppers will find pottery, photography, home decor, beauty products, scarves, jewelry, furniture and more. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
- Denver Botanic Gardens Winter Gift Market, Denver. November 11 & 12. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 50+ artisans sell specialty foods, natural bath & body products, clothing, seasonal items, jewelry and more. Gardens’ members get an extra 10% off purchases. 1007 York St., Denver.
- Salvation Army’s Holiday Boutique, Denver. November 11 & 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade quilts, food, dolls, ornaments and more. Free tea & cookies. Photos with Santa on Saturday. Admission: $3. Quebec Place at Fairmount, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver, 303-703-4848.
- Windsor Gardens Craft Fair, Denver. November 11 & 12. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 55 Colorado crafters. Free cookies and cider. 595 S. Clinton St., Denver.
- Cherokee Trail High School Holiday Fair, Aurora. November 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children & strollers welcome. The school has an elevator. 25901 E. Arapahoe Pkwy. N., Aurora.
- Columbine High School Holiday Craft Fair, Littleton. November 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 140 vendors. Admission: $1. 6201 Pierce St., Littleton.
- Mountain Pine Yuletide Bazaar, Parker. November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday gifts and crafts by local artisans. Parker fieldhouse, Dransfeldt & Plaza Dr., Parker.
- Winterfest 2016, Evergreen. November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday craft show, performances by Evergreen Chorale and Evergreen Children’s Chorale. Craft activities for children while parents shop. Evergreen High School, 29300 Buffalo Park Rd., Evergreen.
- Country Christmas Bazaar. November 12 & 13. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 400+ booths in 4 buildings. Admission: $3. Kids 14 and younger FREE. Adams Country Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd.
- Boulder Mountain Handmade, Boulder. November 12 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine art, crafts and bake sale. Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St., Boulder.
- Dennison Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair, Lakewood. November 15, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 40+ vendors selling homemade arts & crafts, jewelry, essential oils, baked goods and more. Live music. 401 Independence St., Lakewood.
- Affinity at Loveland Craft Bazaar. November 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An Open House with crafts and refreshments. 3415 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.
- Nan and Dollie’s Holiday Market, Denver. November 15 & 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Jewish Health hosts 12 vendors, plus opens its gift shop. Soaps, candles, crafts and food. In the Molly Blank Atrium. Enter through west doors. 1400 Jackson St., Denver.
November 17- 20
- Castle Clay Artists Fall Show, Golden. November 17-19. Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 40+ clay artists, also selling jewelry, wood and glass. Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd St., Golden.
- Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Denver. November 18-20. Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 400+ vendors of art, crafts, music, toys, Christmas décor and much more. Large gourmet food area for sampling and purchasing food. Santa Claus is available each day. Admission for all 3 days: $11/adult, $9/senior & youth, FREE/12 and under. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver.
- Mountain Artisans Guild 16th Annual Holiday Art Sale, Golden. November 18 & 19. Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, blown glass, antler art, and more. Door prizes. Coal Creek Community Center, 31528 Hwy. 72, Golden.
- Chateaux Holiday Craft Fair, Broomfield. November 18 & 19. Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Best, craftiest vendors. 13600 Xavier Ln., Broomfield.
- Shalom Cares Holiday Bazaar, Aurora. November 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A shopping extravaganza with photography, glass, jewelry, home goods, etc. Shalom Park Community Room, 14800 Belleview Dr., Aurora, 303-680-5000.
- World Gift Market, Denver. November 19 & 20. Handcrafted gifts from 50+ nonprofit aid groups and Fair Trade businesses. Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd. on the southwest corner of Colorado & Hampden.
- Applewood Arts, Loveland. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 125+ artisans. Admission: $6 (good all weekend). $2 off Sunday admission on their website. The Ranch at Larimer County Fairgrounds, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland.
- Mollie McGee’s Holiday Market, Longmont. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 160+ booths. Admission: $4. Kids under 12 are free. Click here for $1 off coupon. No strollers on Saturday. Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Bldg., Hover & Nelson Rds., Longmont.
- Sugar Plum Bazaar, Denver. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50+ Colorado artisans and vendors sell handmade, vintage, re-purposed and unique items. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
- All Souls Church Craft & Bake Sale, Englewood. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 12+ crafters. Held in the school cafeteria. 4950 S. Logan St., Englewood.
- Christmas in Windsor, Windsor. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All handmade items from 100+ vendors. Admission: $2. Windsor Rec Center, 250 N. 11th St.
- Estes Park Holiday Market, Estes Park. November 19 & 20. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Estes Park Conference Center at Rocky Mountain Park Inn, 101 Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park.
- Rangeview High School Craft Show, Aurora, November 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 17599 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora.
- Englewood Chili Cook Off & Craft Fair, Englewood. November 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get the best dog-gone chili in town and shop the fair. Proceeds benefit off-leash privileges in the area. Englewood High School, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood.
- Central Park Rec Center Holiday Craft Show, Denver. November 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fine crafts for the holidays or any occasion. 9651 MLK Jr. Blvd., Denver, 720-865-0750.
- Santa’s Cellar Craft Fair, Broomfield. November 19, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five rooms filled with local crafters. Broomfiled Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield.
- MPCS Annual Winter Market, Wheat Ridge. November 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local artisans, kids crafts and treats. 4725 Miller St., Wheat Ridge.
- Holiday Makers Market, Denver. November 19, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Local food and handmade makers selling their goods including Roostercat, Love Hard Inc., Cultura Craft Chocolate, Icaro Designs, The Honest Stand, and Give with Joy. Live music. 3040 Blake St., Denver.
- Northglenn Elks Craft Fair, Northglenn. November 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unique gifts and food. 10969 Irma Dr.
- Landmark Tabernacle Holiday Market, Denver. November 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local and handmade goods and food. Live entertainment. Swag bag to first 50 shoppers. 2727 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver.
November 25 – 27
- Arvada Handmade Arts & Crafts Fair, Arvada. November 25 & 26. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 100+ vendors, face painting, live music. Admission: $5. Find a $1 off coupon here. Arvada High School, 7951 W. 65th Ave., Arvada.
- Small Business Saturday Artisan’s Market, Denver. November 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 75+ local artisans and small businesses sell wares all created or produced in Colorado. Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe), 888 E. 50th Ave., Denver.
- Holiday Fair & Artisan Show, Castle Rock. November 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handmade items, giveaways, live music, take pictures with Santa. Admission $3 for those 12 and older. Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock.
- American Legion Post 1 Holiday Fair, Denver. November 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25+ vendors. 5400 E. Yale Ave., Denver.
- Horseshoe Holiday Market, Denver. November 26 & 27. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 100+ artisans selling vintage and handmade goods, plus food trucks and mobile boutiques in the parking lot. Highlands Masonic Temple, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver.
December 1 – 4
- Arapahoe Ceramics Guild Holiday Sale, Littleton. December 1-3. Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rotating stock with new pieces added daily. In the Colorado Gallery of the Arts in the Annex next to the main building at Arapahoe Community College. 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.
- Denver Potters Association Holiday Show & Sale, Denver. December 1-4. Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 40+ artists showcase one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural ceramics, plus handmade jewelry, glass and wood creations. Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. 6th Ave., Denver.
- Holly Days, Englewood. December 2 & 3. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood.
- Winter Fair, Boulder. December 2 & 3. Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40+ vendors. On Saturday storytelling, puppet show, face paintings and more. Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St., Boulder.
- The Holiday Flea, Denver. December 3 & 4. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 200+ booths selling locally-made goods and crafts. Admission: $5. Inside the former Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, Denver.
- Santa Paws Festival, Lakewood. December 3 & 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handcrafted items, kitty collectibles, cat toys, baked goods (for humans) and more. FREE photos with Santa Paws. Proceeds go to the Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood.
- Adams County Holiday Bazaar, Brighton. December 3 & 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300+ booths in two buildings. Bring your kids Sunday for photos with Santa. Admission: $3. Kids 14 and younger are FREE. Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd.
- Lyons Holiday Craft Bazaar, Lyons. December 3 & 4. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lyons Elementary School Gym, 338 High St.
- Grandview High School Holiday & Craft Fair, Aurora. December 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 200+ vendors. Lower Commons level. 20500 E. Arapahoe Rd, Aurora.
- Bear Creek High School Holiday Craft Fair, Lakewood. December 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 120+ crafters, door prizes, concessions. Admission: $2. 9800 W. Dartmouth Pl., Lakewood.
- River of Life Church Craft Fair, Lakewood. December 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Handmade crafts and bake sale. 8690 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood.
- Chaparral H.S. Once Upon A December Boutique, Parker. December 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kid care available while you shop. 15665 Brookstone Dr., Parker.
- Golden High School Holiday Bazaar, Golden. December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handcrafted gifts, photography and more. 701 24th St., Golden.
- Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, Denver. December 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners, kids ages 6 to 21. 3550 E. 1st Ave., Denver.
- Denver Waldorf School Holiday Fair, Denver. December 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 45+ artisan merchants, FREE wagon & train rides. 2100 S. Pennsylvania St., Denver.
- Goodson Rec Center Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, Centennial. December 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 70+ vendors selling crafts, pottery, jewelry, clothing, quilts, paintings, photography, floral arrangements, woodwork, holiday items, specialty foods and more. 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
- Barnum Craft Show, Denver. December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unique and affordable gifts by local artisans selling jewelry, textiles, food and more. Prize giveaways throughout the day. 360 Hooker St., Denver.
- Washington Heights Arts Center Sale, Lakewood. December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds of handmade items. 6375 W. First Ave., Lakewood.
- Denver Christian Indian Center Christmas Bazaar, Denver. December 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts, crafts silver & turquoise jewelry, Indian tacos, fry bread, baked goods. Hillcrest Christian Church, 3000 S. Race St., Denver.
- Holiday Fair & Artisan Show, Henderson. December 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor marketplace, giveaways, take pictures with Santa, live music. Admission: $3 for those 12 and older. Henderson Elementary School, 12301 E. 124th Ave., Henderson.
- Erie Holiday Boutique. December 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop 20+ local vendors. Free glass of wine and food, too. Santa will be on hand. 2750 Vista Pkwy., Erie.
- Holiday Craft Fayre, Niwot. December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fair with a British flair. Local vendors and traditional British holiday food and crafts. Get photos taken with Santa. Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot.
December 8 – 11
- Rosemark at Mayfair Park Holiday Bazaar, Denver. December 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unique and affordable gifts by local artisans. 833 Jersey St., Denver.
- Chanukah Bazaar at Har Hashem, Boulder. December 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21, & 23. Hours vary, so check here. Get everything you need for Chanukah including menorahs, candles, dreidels, gelt, fair-trade Judaica, jewelry and more. 3950 Baseline Rd., Boulder.
- Rue de Noel ‘A Paris Street Christmas Market’, Castle Rock. December 9 & 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday vintage, antiques, apparel and decor. Douglas County Events Center, 500 fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock.
- Jackalope Art Fair, Denver. December 10 & 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 150+ trendsetting makers and designers of local goods. Food, full cash bar and DIY art-focused workshops. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
- Firefly Handmade Market, Boulder. December 10 & 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ artisans. All handmade items, no imports. Inside a giant heated tent at Twenty Ninth Street shopping district (next to Trader Joe’s).
- TJ’s ArtFest, Denver. December 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists and entrepreneurs. Kids’ Zone where children can play while parents shop. Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S. Holly St., Denver.
- Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, Lakewood. December 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners, kids ages 6 to 21. 401 S. Pierce St. (Belmar), Lakewood.
- Stapleton Holiday Market, Denver. December 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 25+ vendors, food, drink, face painting and Santa. Hangar 61, 8700 E. 21st Ave., Denver.
- Warm Hearts – Warm Babies Holiday Craft Fair, Arvada. December 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts, cards, quilts, ornaments, baby items, jewelry. 6429 D Miller St., Arvada.
- Boulder Holiday Gift Festival, Boulder. December 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 90+ exhibitors. Handcrafted goods from local merchants. Boulder YMCA (inside the gym), 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder.
December 16 – 18
- Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Winter Market. December 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outdoor market with meats, pastries, breads, fudge and crafts. Town Center North, 1100 Sgt. Jon Stiles Dr., Highlands Ranch, 303-791-2500.
- Last Chance Gift Fest, Longmont. December 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 100+ Colorado vendors. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont.
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Every year tons of textiles (including old clothing) end up in landfills. Even worse, about 95% could have been recycled or reused. To help reduce waste, retailer H&M is encouraging customers to bring in shopping bags of old clothes. In exchange, they’ll give you a coupon good for 15% off any one item in a future purchase. This is all part of the Long Live Fashion program. Stores accept any brand of clothing (it doesn’t have to be H&M) in any condition, even torn. Collected clothes are shipping to the nearest processing plant for sorting. Some are reused, others recycled into other items. You can bring in up to two shopping bags of clothes per day to your nearest H&M store. All are participating in this worldwide project.