“ATTENTION New YorkerS!
Your choices as a consumer make a difference. This year, when you’re out buying gifts, choose: local, independent shops; fair trade and organic products; sweatshop-free and union-made; earth and animal friendly; energy saving; less packaging. Here are a few good spots to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse.”
1) La Tiendita
Opened under the auspices of the LES Girls Club of New York, this little shop offers fair trade products from around the world, along with gift items made by girls living right here in New York.
56 E. 1st St.
This radical bookstore doubles as a fair trade café: Not only do they offer a huge selection of lefty political titles, they also have fiction, ‘zines and an assortment of subversive products.
172 Allen St, 11am to 11pm.
3) MF Toys Show
Take care of the little people in your life with a one-of-a-kind handmade toy from one of numerous local artists. MF Gallery.
157 Rivington St, Wed-Sun, 2pm to 7pm. Through December 22.
4) Artists and Fleas
This arts and design flea market has been going strong in Williamsburg for three years now, and features work from local artists and eccentric collectors. Cut out the middleman and buy direct!
129 N6th St. Sat, Sun, noon to 8pm.
5) interrupcion*: The Bazaar
December 2 and 9 only, this holiday craft and art fair is presented by the Argentine-Brooklyn group, interrupcion*, that seeks to bring about change through responsible consumption by selling bags like these from madarts.org
Ad Hoc Art Gallery, 49 Bogart St, Bushwick, 1pm to 6pm.