230 vendor booths will feature edgy inventory at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Atomic Holiday Bazaar: 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $5 for adults, and free for children ages 12 and younger (with free entry into the Bay Front Room and the street fair); atomicholidaybazaar.com
Stuff stockings like a boss this season with Atomic Holiday Bazaar’s indie merch.
Eclectic, custom-made, non-mass-produced goodies are up for grabs — many of them for $20 or less — during the 12th annual two-day shopping event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.
Peruse 230 vendor booths for edgy, ice-breaking inventory created by local crafters and artisans — from screen-printed Christmas cards and vibrant tree ornaments to organic body products, upcycled jewelry and cottage baked goods.
“Atomic is kind of like an indie family reunion,” says Adrien Lucas, Atomic founder and organizer. "The weekend connects local and out-of-town makers who get to reconnect with each other and their amazing fans. It is a joyous show and a lot of fun to produce.”
In 2006, Atomic was just a one-day event with 50 makers. Now the extravaganza runs the entire weekend, boasts hundreds of vendors and thousands of buyers, and even has a booming street fair.
“By shopping at Atomic, a person is making a choice to spend their money on something original that supports small business owners and the local community,” Lucas says. “Also, for me, there is great satisfaction in knowing what goes into making things by hand.”
Some of this year’s new makers are creatives like Anthony Bencomo of Deli Fresh Threads, who whips up T-shirts honoring his love of sandwiches and sandwich-related things. He will be in Atomic’s main room all weekend.
“Now I know you may be thinking, ‘what?’ but if you are a person who adores sandwiches, which I do, and if you are a fan of Atomic, you will totally get the concept, which is amusing simplicity,” Lucas says.
Another newbie is Wandering Woodie, LLC, in the Bay Front Room. Audrey Boggs transforms wood, old tins and miscellaneous objects into functional home decor pieces that are equally artsy and useful.
“The fun thing about the Atomic show is the innovative way the makers upcycle, which is a huge segment of indie craft,” Lucas says. “To reuse discarded objects to create something new while retaining a bit of its origin is a genre always found at Atomic.”
And illustrator Danny Brito, who studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, will be at the street fair, purveying affordable patches, pins, stickers and apparel.
Atomic super fans know to arrive early each show day and stand in line for a chance to receive a stellar swag bag. The first 100 people to walk through the main auditorium doors when Atomic opens at noon will snag the totes, which are designed by Graham Smith of G Art, screen-printed by Clothesline Creative, distributed by The Bradentucky Bombers roller derby team, and filled with an iconic craft toy (the sock monkey as King Kong). There are Atomic vendor samples and coupons inside, too.
Be sure to keep that belly full between browsing by sampling the food truck eats at the street fair. Saturday showcases Mouthole BBQ, BulGoGi, Local Ice, MADE Mobile and Boba Fresca; and Sunday has BulGoGi, Local Ice, Boba Fresca, Solid Slab BBQ, POLPO Pizza Co. and Happy Belly Deli. Wash it all down with beverages both days from Out and About Coffee.
20 items for $20 (or less) at Atomic
Iron-on patch, $10, by Fox & Crow Paper Co.
Travel-size all-natural body products, $3, by Lolablue
“Hiss” tank, $20, by House Broken Clothing
Screen-printed holiday card, $5, by The Crafty Hag
Retro woodcut pendants, $7; earrings, $12; by Iamnotsocool
Felt reindeer mini change purse, $10, by OppaSnout
Unicorn kitty badge clip ID holder, $8, by Orange Blossoms
3D “Tree of Life” ceramic clay oil diffuser pendant, $15, by Kiln Fired Diffusers
Vintage-inspired magnet, $8, Pergamo Paper Goods
Faceted ruby, jade and garnet, $20, by Sugar Sand Silver
Handmade soap, $6, by Fuccy Bath and Body
Wonder Woman necklace, $20, by Robinina
Double-wire ear cuffs, $8 to $10, by Blossom and Shine
Vintage ’70s Batman (The Catwoman’s Revenge) vinyl, $15, by Rock and Rhino Collectibles
Spicy bourbon pickles, $9, by Sunshine Canning
“Flock of Books” 5x7 print, $8, by Picaresque Illustration
“High Head” framed giclee print, $20, by Know No Truth
Vintage silver-turquoise roadrunner pin, $20, by Zorka Rose Vintage
Wood slice sign, $10, by Blue Sage Market Co.
Woodland finger puppet set, $3, by 21 Lily Bean Couture