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"Craftmas" at the VFW

Green gifts are all the rage this season but why not one up your sibling's gift ideas and give your family and friends locally made goods. Check out over 50 vendors at the Uptown VFW (2916 Lyndale Ave S) today from 10am-5pm. You'll be sure to enjoy the wide spectrum of artsy bits brought together by The Handmaidens, a group of Minnesotan crafty individuals who make a wide array of recycled, unique and just plain awesome works of art. Whether you're looking for a holiday treat for your neighbor or you're just plain tired of buying for others, use this ample shopping opportunity to stock up on new toys.

While some of the artists are in today's show host their shops on Etsy.com, a site packed with crafters from around the country, most only peddle their handmade bests at these types of shows hosted sporadically throughout the year.

Special items at the sale include Annie Fink's quality-driven, fashion-friendly sleeves, Swee's funny "Panda Hats", ELBfoto's original photography of little plastic deer, mustache magnets, squirrel cards, posters, beautiful bags and jewelry made from strange recycled goods.