Shop ‘til you drop

Shopaholics can get an early fix this weekend as An Affair of the Heart and the Holiday Mart come to T-town.

It may not be Black Friday or Cyber Monday just yet, but this weekend gives Tulsans ample opportunities to get a head start on their holiday shopping.

An Affair of the Heart

An Affair of the Heart is a longtime Tulsa tradition that brings more than 500 vendors to the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square this Nov. 18-20.

The three-day shopping event has made appearances in Tulsa twice annually since July 1995. And every year, the show aims to provide new and rare items from vendors all across the U.S. and gives attendees the chance to shop local on national level. This year’s event will be the biggest show in An Affair of the Heart’s 21-year history with more than 70 new vendors who have never displayed their products in Tulsa before.

The show will feature roughly 130,000 square feet of merchandise from nearly 500 local and national artisans and independent retailers. Shoppers can traipse through handmade jewelry, up-cycled furniture, home décor, gourmet foods, personalized gifts, and much more.

Shop An Affair of the Heart Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 and serve as a three-day event pass. Admission is free for kids 12 and under.

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Holiday Mart

The Holiday Mart is an annual one-day shopping event hosted by The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. A partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way, The Center works to provide organized social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for persons with physical disabilities, according to its website.

On Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Center invites shoppers to peruse one-of-a-kind designs and handcrafted artwork made by members themselves. This year’s Holiday Mart will present the handiworks of 22 artists. Garden and holiday décor, jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, mosaics, ornaments, and more will be among the unique products available for purchase. Eighty percent of the proceeds will go directly to the artists.

Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a $5 photo with Santa.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

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