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The Shopportunist: Holiday Markets, Athleisure Sample Sale

Yelp! Totally Bazaar

Thursday, December 7, 6:30–10 p.m.

The biggest holiday shopping event features more than 150 local vendors, offering too many types of gifts to mention. We love the X’ChocolArt sampler in a black quilted box ($37) and the new Knot & Thread baskets with handles (fill them with yarn or rolled-up socks for a present). The Bazaar is free, but you must RSVP here. Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.,

Handmade Promenade

Daily through December 31, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, 11 a.m­–8 p.m. Friday­ and Saturday, noon–6 pm. Sunday; closed Thursday

The ultimate holiday pop-up shop has expanded significantly in its own storefront over the last few years, with a focus on quirky handmade products from 45 local and regional vendors. Check out the funny doormats from Bear Home Goods that say “You Better Have Tacos” and “Probably at Target.” 751 Massachusetts Ave.,

EleVen by Venus sample sale

Monday, December 11, 6–8 p.m.

Sample sales are rare in Indy. The U.S. Tennis Association Midwest office on the north side is selling more than 100 pieces—all size medium—from tennis star Venus Williams’s athleisure line, Eleven by Venus. The collections include leggings and tanks wearable beyond the court. Proceeds benefits local tennis foundation EntouRaj for Kids. USTA Midwest office, 1310 E. 96th St.

New Day Craft Holiday Pop-Up

Wednesday, December 13, 6–9 p.m.

Shop for edgy wooden jewelry from Bicursal Designs at New Day Craft’s Fountain Square location, and treat yourself to a $10 chair massage and mead or cider tasting, too. 1102 Prospect St., 


Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.