Friday, December 16, marked the first day of the annual Telegragh Holiday Street Fair at the intersection of Bancroft and Telegraph.
The street fair spans between Bancroft Ave and Dwight Way, and features more than 200 hundred artists and vendors hawking various goods, including jewelry, clothes, food, soaps, household items, and artworks.
The next dates will be Thursday, December 22; Friday, December 23; and Saturday, December 24; all days will operate from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Don’t miss out on it. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, there is so much eye candy that one does not want to miss out on. There’s still time to buy some last-minute Christmas presents and support local artists (wink wink!)
Here is a sampling of some of the handmade wonders that will be sold this coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
Tents line both sides of Telegraph throughout the duration of the fair.
Candles and soaps
Beautiful leather masks handcrafted by Katie Gansel.
Candles with real pressed flowers and leaves!
Bugs preserved in keychains
Dragons, bunnies, and octopi, oh my!
Steampunk jewelry featuring lots of keys by Steampunk Garage (aka Stan Chiao and Jenifer Martinez). www.SteampunkGarage.com
Charming greeting cards
Mugs with snarky sayings
A bullet plane literally made out of bullets.
Gift boxes featuring images of Cat in the Hat, Disney and Pixar characters, Batman, pinup girls, etc.
A beautiful headdress by Remastered Virgins (remasteredvirgins.com)
Rings, bracelets, and necklaces with real claws and teeth by Fae Built Inc.
A mask and bra top, also by Fae Built Inc.
Beautiful steampunk pendants and rings!
Intricate metal sculptures by Metal Souls
Handmade Soaps. One was actually scented "Berkeley."
M.C. Escher light switch coverings.
There is also food…
Honey tasting, enough to make Pooh Bear happy! Flavors included star thistle and dark raspberry. Honey provided by First place "Pure Honey" Sonoma Co. Harvest Fair winner Bloomfield Bees Honey, Inc. (www.bloomfieldbeeshoney.com)
Dips, ranging from the spiciest to the mildest.
…and live music!
I couldn’t leave the fair without buying something. So, from one of the vendors, J.Fein Designs, I got this beautiful Victorian skeleton cameo on a velvet choker.
Necklace by J. Fein Designs (www.jfeindesigns.com)