12/12 & 13: Bazaar Bizarre at 78th Street Studios

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Now in its sixth year, Bazaar Bizarre has become more than a mere holiday shopping trip. It’s a social event for a new generation of DIYers, who mix old-school crafting techniques with 21st-century tastes. Local artists will gather this weekend to help keep your gift-giving dollars in Northeast Ohio. Knitter, felter and author Shannon Okey has organized the local event (there are national Bazaar Bizarres too) since 2004. She promises more than 75 vendors offering new clothes made from old garments, pottery, handbags, soap, plush toys and jewelry made from recycled bits of just about anything. It runs from noon-9 p.m. today and noon-6 p.m. tomorrow at 78th Street Studios (1300 W. 78th St.). Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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