Happy Alliday

A handmade art and crafts fair is bound to attract last-minute holiday shoppers.



Sarah Baily’s company, Santiquity, displayed various handmade jewelry at the 2011 Alliday show. The Dec. 15 show will feature 80 vendors showcasing various art and crafts.

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Find local art at its most diverse at the third annual Alliday show, a handmade art and crafts fair, on Dec. 15. With 80 vendors showcasing jewelry, clothing, soaps, house wares, art and other uniquely Tulsa items, shoppers will find a bounty of holiday gift ideas.

Event organizer Briana Hefley-Shepard began Alliday in 2010 as a way to help local artists and to encourage support of local products.

“There are so many benefits to buying local,” she says. “You put money back into the community and help families with their businesses. This way you are not
supporting mass-produced items and companies.”

Hefley-Shepard’s love of crafting and antiques started early. She grew up in Tulsa attending craft shows with her parents. Her love for art evolved into her own art and crafts repurposing company, Bifftastica, in 2004.

Hefley-Shepard makes jewelry, handbags and light switch plates from old, and sometimes damaged, items.

As Hefley-Shepard became more in touch with local artists, she recognized the need for more platforms to showcase local art; thus came Alliday.

“The name Alliday came from the idea that every day should be a holiday,” she says. “People should treat themselves often to local, handmade items.”

A sampling of community organizations close to Shepard’s heart, including make:Tulsa, StreetCats and CampFire USA, also will be at the market selling merchandise and providing educational information. Hefley-Shepard hopes shoppers will take the opportunity to learn about these organizations as well as Tulsa’s artists.

“Part of the criteria at the event is that artists be at their booths so people can speak with them and find out about the items they make,” she says. “They can learn how and why the pieces were made and why they’re important to the artist.”

Nikki Halgren, owner of Gleeful Peacock, a local jewelry and hair accessory company, has participated at Alliday since its start.

“Each year the show gets better and better,” Halgren says. “As a shopper, I love that the show has unique artists that I don’t see at other shows. As a vendor, I love that it is a perfect date for last-minute shoppers.”

“I love to hear people say that they got all their Christmas shopping done there,” Hefley-Shepard adds. “Or that people found a new artist at the show.”

Make the effort to get there early; the first 50 people through the door will receive free tote bags full of goodies from participating vendors.

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