Shop ’til You Drop: Sending Holiday Shopping into Overdrive

Parrish Art Museum Hallway
Parrish Art Museum, Photo: Oliver Peterson

This year, I’m getting a head start on holiday shopping. I know for some wise and thrifty sorts that could mean buying your ornaments and wrapping paper when it’s on sale in January. Alas, for me this simply means I’m vowing not to wait until December 23. To make this all the more enticing and fun, I’ve put together a list of some Hamptons holiday markets and fairs where we can find all those unique, handmade stocking stuffers and whatnots while supporting our very own, super-talented local craftsmen and artisans.

To start things off, we’ve got the Parrish Presents: A Holiday Bazaar. It takes place Thanksgiving Weekend at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. Alert! This means the OLD Parrish Art Museum location, and the current home to Southampton Cultural Center. On Friday, November 23, 5–8 p.m., the Preview Cocktail Party will include a market, gift bazaar, silent auction and book signing open to benefactors, patrons, sponsors and associates. (Not a member? I like to join museums this time of year and take it off my taxes!) Visit to find out about tickets to the Preview Cocktail Party. The General Sale, open to the public, will take place on Saturday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, November 25, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission for the general sale is $5.

It’s time once again for the Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show in the Naugles Barn at Hallockville Museum Farm. On Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by the historic and charming Hallockville Museum Farm and browse the holiday marketplace for hand-stitched, hand-carved, hand-woven, handmade items. While you’re there, visit Miss Ella’s Holiday Shop, too. All proceeds from Miss Ella’s support the not-for-profit mission of the museum. Miss Ella’s is open noon–4 p.m. through December 22. Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead.

Mark your calendar for the Christ Episcopal Church’s Annual St. Nicholas Fair on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8. On Saturday, the fair will be open 10 a.m.–3 p.m., with a hot lunch for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., along with live craft demos. From 11 a.m. until noon, Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance. On Sunday the fair will be open from noon until 3 p.m., with a Treasure Table Bag Sale 2-3 p.m. Find all sorts of holiday gifts and baked goods—from books to handmade treasures, jewelry to pies, preserves and wreaths, too. The Church and Parrish Hall are located at 4 East Union Street in Sag Harbor.

Check out the Hearthside Cheer celebration—and the fabu gift shop—at the Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Greek Revival Mansion will be filled with bountiful hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous sweets and an open bar. The Music Room will be filled with holiday cheer with a piano player playing contemporary and traditional holiday songs on the baby grand piano. Colorful antique holiday decorations can be seen on the many trees that decorate the reception rooms. To order tickets please call the Museum at 631-283-2494 or visit the Special Events Page on our website to pay online, $50 in advance, $60 at the door,

The 2014 ARF Pet Calendar is now available! Photographs of pets and their owners are featured in the desk calendar—a great gift for your co-workers and any pet lover—while proceeds go directly to support the cats and dogs at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. The Animal Rescue Fund Pet Calendar is for sale online at, at the Adoption Center at 90 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott, at the ARF Thrift Shop at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, as well as at other retail shops throughout the Hamptons including the gift shop at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Malcolm Morely is the cover artist!

A special sale is taking place at Rose Jewelers For three days only, take advantage of 30% to 70% off for their customer appreciation “Thank You Sale.” Your loved ones will certainly be thanking you, too. Thursday, November 21, through Saturday, November 23. Rose Jewelers, 57 Main Street, Southampton and 74 East Main Street, Patchogue. Call 631-283-5757.

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