Five local alternatives to Black Friday

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Sure, you could set up camp outside a big-box retailer to scoop up the Black Friday deals. Or you could sleep in and do your shopping at a number of December holiday events, where locally made gifts, free-flowing booze and live entertainment are often part of the package. 

Here's a preview of major shopping events to come, so you can plan your month.

Art of Giving
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St.) opens its doors for a free after-hours shopping event. Select artists from the museum store (including Mignon Faget, Alexa Pulitzer, Blackbird Letterpress, David Bergeron Woodworks and Jess Leigh Jewels) will have items for sale, and the fanciful selections of teacups from the Art of the Cup & Teapot Spotlight also are available. There will be complimentary white wine for museum members, a cash bar and live music. Perhaps best of all? Because the Ogden is in an arts district, there is no sales tax on original art.

Harlequin boxes by David Bergeron
  • Harlequin boxes by David Bergeron


Handmade for the Holidays
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, Piety Street Market (612 Piety St.) plays host to special guests: 20 Etsy Nola retailers join the market's roster of more than 40 artists, jewelers, crafters and designers. There will be an Etsy gift card giveaway and a free gift-wrapping station by Yelp.

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New Orleans Holiday Bazaar
From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, Creole Gardens Bed and Breakfast Hotel (1415 Prytania St.) hosts the second annual Holiday Bazaar. Spearheaded by Dominique Ellis and Tiffany Napper of Bats on Strings, the bazaar features goods by more than 20 vendors, including Flying Fox, HiLo, Invade, LipScape, Lionheart Prints, Passion Lilie, Saint Claude, Tchoup Industries and Twirl Shop. There will be a Santa selfie station, "Merrytinis," gumbo, boudin balls and music by DJ Black Queen Anne.

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3rd Annual Green Gifts and Holiday Market
From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) hosts a market featuring eco-friendly gifts by local "green" vendors.

Crafter Mallory Whitfield shows off her products at the 2013 Green Gifts and Holiday Market. - LIFECITY
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  • Crafter Mallory Whitfield shows off her products at the 2013 Green Gifts and Holiday Market.



Merriment on Magazine
Not a single event so much as a collection of special promotions and festivities, Merriment on Magazine Street takes place through Wednesday, Dec. 24. Participating Magazine Street stores offer special sales, events, refreshments and decorations. The Magazine Street Merchants Association gives away prizes daily. Visit the website for a list of participating merchants with sales and events. 


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