Indie Made. Etsy. Pinterest. There's been a slow but steady rise in homemade clothing, jewelry, furniture — you name it. And, in order to satisfy the increased numbers of home made hungry shoppers, there's been a rise in artists, crafters and makers.

"It's what you used to think your grandma used to do," said Amy Pence-Brown. "There's been a resurgence of younger, hipper makers, putting their own funky twist on it."

Brown and Kristin Montgomery got together in 2010 to talk about launching a holiday bazaar for indie makers.

"There was this burgeoning scene of indie crafters in Boise," Pence-Brown said, "who didn't have a place to sell."

They put their heads together — Pence-Brown had a background that included a stint at Boise Art Museum, and Montgomery came from the world of interior design and architecture, and both had business experience — culled their contacts, scraped up some money for necessities and sweet-talked themselves into a venue for free.

"The very first one was at Ballet Idaho," said Pence-Brown. "They let us borrow some of their practice space. We had about 30 vendors."

This year their Wintry Market has 60+ vendors. And while most are local, they are also bringing in artists and makers from Montana, Oregon and Washington for the first time. The regional artists will help bring in a freshness to the market, they said. They look for diversity and pick artists for variety and quality, said Montgomery.

"We have guidelines; we curate the show, you don't automatically get in," said Pence-Brown.

Everything at Wintry Market is handmade, and there will be a number of new vendors.

And while they no longer get their space for free, they also don't require a percentage of their vendors' take. "We take zero commission," said Pence-Brown. "We do charge a booth fee and that's to pay for overhead costs, rent for the space, marketing, professional photography, and we pay for an artist to create the posters and we pay printers."

In 2017, said Pence, Food and Wine magazine named Wintry Market "the best holiday bazaar in Idaho."

Trends for items this year include "really artsy jewelry" made out of unusual materials such as clay, wood, recycled plastic and bones, metal and recycled skateboards.

Recycled skateboards?

"It's amazing," said Montgomery.

Shoppers can also expect to find items from kids' toys to jewelry, men's handmade beard products to T-shirts and furniture and more, with most prices in the $2 to $100 range, and "nothing is more than $200," said Pence-Brown.

"A lot of people come to local bazaars to buy all their holiday purchases," Pence-Brown said. "you can find things you can't find at the mall."

Oct. 20

First United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

2717 12th Ave. Road, Nampa

The event will include children's items, hand-embroidered dish towels, seasonal decorations and Christmas items.

Oct. 21

Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple Bazaar

12 p.m. noon

286 SE 4th St., Ontario, Ore.

It will be held in the basement of the temple. There will be lots of delicious oriental food such as sushi, teriyaki chicken, udon (noodles), kakimochi (rice crackers) and mochi. You can also get good old American hamburgers and fries and choose from an assortment of homemade pastries to curb that sweet tooth. There will be homemade items in our needlecraft booth, fresh local fruits, and vegetables sold outside, and bingo played from 1 p.m. with an auction immediately following bingo. If you have any questions, please call 541-889-8691 or if calling long distance call 866-444-7838 and ask for Mary Ann or Mike.

Oct. 26-27

Sunny Ridge Bazaar

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

2609 Sunnybrook Drive, Nampa

There will be arts and crafts, baked goods, massages, body and face scrubs, jewelry, Scentsy,  oTERRA, LipSense and more.

Oct. 27

First Christian Church Annual Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

First Christian Church, 619 12th Ave. S., Nampa

Baked goods, homemade candy, homemade dry noodles, crafts, florals, crochet and knit items, home and holiday decor, Rada Cutlery, a country store, and a quilt raffle are all on the agenda. Lunch is your choice of homemade noodles and turkey soup, chili, pies, and scones. Entry is free, though items will be available for purchase.

Nampa Church of the Brethren “Reflections” Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.–2 p.m.

11030 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa

Join us for a biscuits and gravy breakfast and/or homemade chicken noodle soup luncheon (and more)! Handmade crafts, gifts and baby items, homemade egg noodles, holiday decor, baked  goods and a farmers market will be available. Sorry, we will not have “new to you” or books/toys rooms this year. Vendor booths are available. Reserve your vendor space by calling Amber Schmidt at 208-989-1623.

Lutheran World Relief Boutique and Bake Sale

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lion Lutheran Church, 404 Nectarine St., Nampa

There will be a raffle of a blue-ribbon winning, hand-quilted queen size quilt. A $5 meal of soup and cinnamon rolls will be available for purchase. There will be aprons, table toppers, baby items, quilts, tree ornaments, jam and jellies, baked goods and more.

Nov. 2-3

Greenleaf Friends Academy Annual Country Christmas Bazaar

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Greenleaf Friends Academy, 20565 Academy Road, Greenleaf

Come do your Christmas shopping early! Enjoy many clever and beautifully made items by local vendors and artisans: artwork, crafts, Christmas ornaments, alpaca handmade items, crocheted items, jewelry, leather work, LuLa Roe, Scentsy, 31 Gifts, bath bombs, tie-dyed shirts, homemade furniture, wood work, home decor, cotton candy, gourmet jellies, homemade candies, toys, scrapbooking, card making, stocking stuffers, and lots of homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner sold by GFA classes. This includes gourmet caramel apples, caramel corn, pumpkin rolls, pastries, boxes of apples, Italian sodas, and soups. Friday night there is a Harvest Dinner, which is a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 5:30-8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the elementary students at 6 p.m. Friday night and the Dickens Christmas Carolers several times Friday evening. Tickets for the dinner are available for purchase from any elementary student, from our school office, or at the door. Dinner prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children under 12, or $40 for immediate family. Saturday morning there is a Pancake Breakfast from 9-11:30 a.m. (sponsored by the class of 2019) and a 5K Run/Walk that starts at 10 a.m. (register at 9 a.m.; sponsored by the class of 2018). Everyone is welcome! Come and enjoy the fun. There’s something for everyone! Please call the school at 208-459-6346 for more information.

Nov. 3

First United Presbyterian Church Holiday Bazaar

8 a.m.-3 p.m.

400 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa

There will be free coffee all day, cinnamon rolls for sale at 9 a.m. and a homemade soup and pie lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Many vendors will be selling baked goods, jams & jellies, local arts and crafts, collectibles, jewelry, crocheted & knitted items, home decor, holiday decorations, linens, “new to you” items at Granny’s Attic and more.

Nampa First Church of the Nazarene Women's Ministries Christmas Boutique

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Nampa First Church Family Life Center Gym, 601 16th Avenue South, Nampa

Quilts, Holiday decor, doll clothes, pottery, unique wood items, homemade cinnamon rolls and more will be available.

Melba Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Melba High School, 6870 Stokes Ave., Melba

It will feature embroidery, jams and jellies, wood products, freshly made scones, jewelry, tamales, etc.

17th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar at Trinity Lutheran Church

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

8 S. Midland Blvd. (Corner of Midland and Lone Star), Nampa

The Lunch Ladies will be there selling pans. We have handmade crafts and woodwork, stained glass, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, toys and games, jams and a bake sale. Back by popular demand is our raffle! All wheelchair accessible.

Nov. 2, 3, 4

Idaho City Community Club Holiday Gift and Craft Bazaar

4-7 p.m., Nov. 2; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Nov. 3; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nov. 4

Ray Robinson Community Hall, 206 W. Commercial St., Idaho City

Homemade crafts, collectibles, jewelry, quilts, crochet and knitted items, soaps, teas, holiday treats, and lots more.

Nov. 10

Mustard Seed's Seventh Annual Holiday Bazaar & Market

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Inside Mustard Seed Home Décor and the adjacent warehouse, 223 13th Ave. S., Nampa

There will be an entire store full of home decor and holiday items, plus 30+ local artisans featuring: industrial, vintage, signs, farmhouse, rust and reclaimed wood, steampunk, shabby, antler and ammo jewelry, blinged skulls, vintage assembled jewelry, hand-made items, home-made goodies, coffee and much more! There will be a live Frank Sinatra tribute performance and Christmas Carols from 10 a.m.- noon.

Catholic Women’s League Candy Cane Lane Bazaar

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dempsey Hall, 1515 8th St. S., Nampa

Sponsored by the St. Paul’s Catholic Women's League, our bazaar will feature assorted home-baked holiday cookies, baked and canned goodies, gifts, several vendors, raffle items and a soup and pie lunch. The CWL is seeking vendors for this bazaar! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Vickie Holbrook at or 208-870-2782.

Caldwell Senior Center Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

1009 Everett St., Caldwell

We will have over 20 vendors conducting direct sales and crafters — brought to you by your Scentsy reps at the Caldwell Senior Center.

Plymouth Congregational Holiday Bazaar

9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

207 S.W. Ave., New Plymouth

There will be homemade goodies, jams and jellies, jewelry, crafts and collectables and homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. including soup, salad and a piece of pie.

With Grace and Goodies Christmas Craft Fair

Bethel Church of the Nazarene

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

3001 12th Ave Road, Nampa

Homemade local crafts and Goodies for sale. Bethel Teens are also serving a soup lunch.

First Annual Greenleaf Farmer's Market Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

21441 W. Main St., Greenleaf

Local crafters and artists will be ready for you to come shop for your special hand made holiday gifts! Featuring: wood work, hand-painted quilts, hand-crafted jewelry, baked goods, homemade candy, Lula Roe and so much more. We will have a food vendor on site. Reserve your spot as a vendor now. $20 per event. Contact Steve or Julie 208-830-8073.

Southside United Methodist Church Bazaar

9 a.m.- mid-afternoon

5420 Southside Blvd, at the corner of Southside Blvd and Lewis Lane, Nampa

This bazaar will be featuring homemade food items, crafts, and antiques, and cinnamon rolls, coffee and other beverages will be available for attendees until 11:30 am. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., we will be holding a luncheon of homemade soups, rolls, and desserts, which attendees can take part of for a $5 meal cost.

Reed Elementary Fall Bazaar

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

1670 N. Linder Rd., Kuna

Over 20 vendors and crafters, a huge silent auction, and yummy food!

Still seeking vendors — if interested call/text 208-697-9548.

Nov. 17

The Homedale Senior Center Fall/Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Homedale Senior Center, 224 W. Idaho Ave., Homedale

We are currently reserving tables for vendors to display their wares. Santa will visit us from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. We will be holding a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. We are selling tickets for three different fundraiser items: a 12-gauge shotgun, a 50-inch TV and a king size handmade (tied) quilt. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Call 208-337-3020 with questions.

5th Annual Boise New Hope Nazarene Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8585 W. Overland Road, Boise

Come see all the beautiful quality handmade items: wood products , wreaths, centerpieces, snowmen, Santas, home décor, scarves, jewelry and so many other beautiful handmade items along with fabulous companies such as Origami Owl, Scentsy, Stampin Up, Tupperware, Lularoe and others. This is a big show and you don't want to miss it! Soup and desserts are available during the show, come one come all. Something for everyone! A Women's Ministries event.

Middleton United Methodist Church Bazaar

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

104 E. Main St., Middlton

A variety of items, mostly hand crafted. There will be a baked potato sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 17-18

Wintry Market: Handmade for the Holidays

10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

5th + 6th floor of JUMP Boise, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise

Admission is free to the public during the two days of the sale. This event is an upscale and inventive indie art/craft show in Boise the weekend before Thanksgiving recently named the best holiday bazaar in Idaho by Food & Wine magazine. Wintry Market consists of innovative and original items produced using traditional art/craft methods by 60+ local artists and crafters. We pride ourselves as being an affordable marketplace for handmade goods. Come shop local for the holidays!

For a full list of vendors, visit There will be a VIP Event on Friday, Nov. 16 from 6-9 p.m. Shop early at our private opening night party the eve before the big show!

Ladies Auxiliary #115 Annual Bazaar

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

7025 Overland Road, Boise (behind Eddie's and Woodcrafters)

More than 30 new and returning vendors with crafts, baked goods and lunch.

Nov. 24

Seventh Indie Holiday Bazaar

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

117 E 41st St., Garden City

The Indie Holiday Bazaar features the best makers and artists offering unique, hand-crafted gifts for the season. It’s now at a new location with more vendors! Shop Small Business Saturday for jewelry, blown glass, artwork, ornaments, soaps and salves, clothing, cards and more. Check for event updates.

Dec. 1

SILVERCREST Annual Christmas Bazaar

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1907 W Flamingo Ave., Nampa

We are featuring 28 tables of crafts, jewelry, gifts, quilts, tote bags, baked goods and a "new to you" area. Silvercrest is a senior community but our vendors come from in and outside. Our tables are already sold out.

Dec. 1

Thirteenth Annual Hip Holiday Craft Market

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nampa Flying M, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa

More than 30 of the Treasure Valley’s finest crafters and artists will fill the garage, mezzanine and the parking lot with treasures for your gift-giving and self-treating needs. More info at, or 208-467-5533.

Owyhee County Museum Christmas Bazaar

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Owyhee County Historical Museum, 17085 Basey St., Murphy

We will feature local artists, crafts with a homemade meal and desserts. Charlie Brown Christmas trees are cut from Silver City area to help prevent wild fires and prices range $15-$20 each. For questions please call 208-495-2319.

Parma Senior Center Holiday Bazaar 2018

418 N. 8th St., Parma

9a.m. – 4p.m.

Santa visits at noon and hands out treat bags to the children. Our Bazaar is a mix of handcrafted items such as crochet, woodworking products and jewelry, along with home business products like Tupperware, Scentsy and Avon. We are hoping to have a little something to interest everyone! The center’s kitchen will have chili, hot dogs, soda and chips available for purchase, also coffee and tea.

Nampa High School Holiday Bazaar

Nampa High School Main Gym and Cafeteria, 203 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa 

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wide variety of items from 70 vendors. Home decor, jewelry, homemade bath and beauty products, yard art, baby items and more!

Bring your girlfriends and enjoy a nice lunch of hot homemade soup.

Dec. 6

Soup and Shop

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

219 First St., Emmett

Homemade soups and pies, baked goods, arts and crafts.

Dec. 7, 8

Heaven’s Harvest Bazaar

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

1306 Lone Star Road, Nampa

Wood, wool, succulents, local goat soaps and lotions, and reinvented items will make a lovely addition to your holiday home, Christmas dining table, winter decor and gift giving.

Dec. 8

First Annual Greenleaf Farmer's Market Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.-9 p.m.

21441 W. Main St., Greenleaf

Local crafters and artists will be ready for you to come shop for your special hand made holiday gifts! Featuring: wood work, hand-painted quilts, hand-crafted jewelry, baked goods, homemade candy, Lula Roe and so much more. We will have a food vendor on site. Reserve your spot as a vendor now. $20 per event. Contact Steve or Julie 208-830-8073

Dec. 8-9

Indie Holiday Bazaar 2C

12-6 p.m.

Vine and Branch Ranch, 20021 Hoskins Road, Caldwell

Featuring the best makers and artists offering hand-crafted gifts for the season. Enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider in the tasting room as you shop for jewelry, blown glass, pottery, artwork, ornaments, salves and beauty products, clothing, knitted wear, cards and paper goods and more. Check for event updates.

Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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