Atomic Holiday Bazaar is sell therapy for a heterogeneous customer – Sarasota Herald

December 8, 2016 - garden totes

Now in a 11th year, a two-day spectacular is bigger and badder than before.

The remedy to a big-box, Black Friday-esque selling enlightenment during a holiday deteriorate has a name: Atomic Holiday Bazaar. 

Now in a 11th year, a two-day extravaganza, with a “crafts and humanities for a world’s pleasant irregulars” is back, bigger and badder than before. Want to accelerate a internal small-business economy while sport for a many eye-catching, conversation-starting equipment in Southwest Florida? Be one of a thousands of approaching attendees during a Sarasota Municipal Auditorium from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Peruse 210 businessman booths for edgy, bohemian, indie merch such as essential oil-infused homemade soaps for stocking stuffers and hand-sewn ornaments for a Christmas tree. Atomic is budget-friendly sell therapy for a heterogeneous buyer. 

“Atomic has always had a garland of pleasing talent in a uncover from a get-go,” says Atomic owner and organizer Adrien Lucas. “But let me tell you, this year’s Atomic will flog indie-craft donkey again. The vendors are off-the-charts talented.” 

So what is new for a annual Atomic soiree? Well, there are several first-time vendors intermixed with a tried-and-true ones, as good as a integrate of additional coinciding attractions (without any additional fees). 

Atomic will have a categorical businessman room, a additional bayfront room of booths, and a possess travel fair, creation it a three-part free-for-all. There will also be dual giveaway adjacent festivals this year. Art Center Sarasota’s “Art in a Garden 2016” will be function parallel right subsequent doorway to a Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The Friends of Sarasota County History Center is also hosting a Saturday holiday satisfactory subsequent to a Art Center in a Chidsey Building. 

“I’m vehement that this artsy frame will be jamming with informative holiday activities,” Lucas says. “You can make a whole afternoon of it. The festivals circuitously are giveaway to enter, so if we are on a budget, there is still copiousness to see and do.” 

There is also copiousness to eat. At Atomic, 3 food trucks (Mouthole BBQ, BulGoGi Sarasota and Ray’s Vegan Soul) will be peddling opposite eats. Scarf them down with cold shaved ice from a Hukilau Hut outpost and caffeinated drinks from a Out and About Coffee mobile bar. 

Fuel up, batch adult and even fill adult your essence a small by giving something back. 

“I unequivocally wish to inspire everybody to revisit a Sarasota Animal Advocates list located during a travel fair. Each year, we select an animal gift to support by carrying Atomic vendors willingly present something they have made,” Lucas says. “So we rarely suggest selling raffle tickets to try and win a basket of indie-craft donated equipment to support this not-for-profit charity. From valuables to home decor, one chairman will win a basket that is filled with singular equipment that they can store all for themselves or separate and give divided as gifts.” 

The initial 100 people entering by a event’s categorical doorway will also accept a desired Atomic receptacle bags. These embody swag and samples from several vendors, along with coupons that can be used for purchases during a show. The totes will underline design by Graham Smith (who will be in a categorical room underneath G ART with his partner, Craft Organic) and screen-printing by Austin Kowal of Clothesline Creative (who will be showcasing his art in a categorical room and during a travel fair).

These totes are a ultimate souvenirs, and Atomic devotees who have returned each Dec have amassed considerable collections. For many, Atomic is so most some-more than only a winter selling wonderland; it is a large jubilee of a area’s creativity and entrepreneurship. Looking behind on a Atomic blast over a past decade-plus, Lucas is unapproachable of her event’s expansion and a artists it has promoted.

“Atomic has grown from a one-day eventuality with 50 vendors to this strong weekend with 3 opposite areas of vendors. I’d call that a success. I’ve seen kids grow over a decade of being in a uncover into adults who are still doing what they adore to do, and it is a genuine pleasure to indeed get to declare someone sappy in an artsy way,” Lucas says. “I built this uncover especially for myself, so it is a loyal lenience as distant as whimsical selling for me. And it is so fun to have a overflow of like-minded people doing a same thing.” 

Want to know some-more about a crafters and artists in a Atomic lineup this year? Check them out at

Atomic Holiday Bazaar  

The 11th Annual Atomic Holiday Bazaar will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during a Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Admission is $5 for adults and giveaway for children ages 12 and younger (with giveaway entrance into a bayfront room and a travel fair). Free totes (with swag from vendors, samples and coupons for a show) will be accessible to a initial 100 people to enter by a categorical door. Email or revisit

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