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Bamboo Knickers? Waters' Craft Market Is Not Your Average Holiday Fair

By Patty Wetli | December 12, 2014 9:54am
 The Waters' Craft Market features unique goods made by local artists and crafty people.
The Waters' Craft Market features unique goods made by local artists and crafty people.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Seems like every holiday market promises "unique" handmade goods, but the one hosted Saturday by Waters Elementary really delivers.

Exhibit A: Tony Chonies, underwear made from fabric woven out of bamboo and spandex.

Exhibit B: Photographer Eileen Ryan will be shooting family portraits for $40. Know who else has sat for Ryan? A couple of guys named Michael Jordan and Bill Clinton. No biggie.

These are just two of the more than 30 artists/designers/crafters participating in the fair, which draws the vast majority of its vendors from Lincoln Square, Ravenswood Manor, Ravenswood Gardens and Albany Park.

Shop for original artwork, jewelry, ceramics, knitwear, handmade soaps and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4540 N. Campbell Ave.

"This is a great way to highlight [Waters] arts curriculum — we have an amazing teacher, Amy Vecchioni — and to support artists right in our community, especially those trying to launch businesses and get a start on the market circuit," said Saskia Hofman, one of the market's organizers.

The fair also features a Cake Walk — think musical chairs, with cake as the prize — and a "goodie tree" for kids. For $1, youngsters choose an envelope from the goodie tree, which points them to one of three tables laden with gently used toys and games donated by Waters families.

Proceeds from the holiday market benefit Waters Elementary.

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