It’s time to celebrate Christmas (yes, in July) with local and regional artisans at Westchester Commons this Friday through Sunday. The Midlothian shopping center at Routes 60 and 288 is presenting “Christmas in July Crafters Pop-Up,” along with organizers Debra Menger and Tera Johnson.
The pop-up will feature about 40 artists and crafters with a plethora of handmade wares, from paintings, pottery and metal work to monogrammed and embroidered items, upcycled furnishings, homemade foods and more.
Susan Tibbs of Antique to Chic will be there selling her unique lamps, bottles and creative upcycled furniture. Bryon Kirby of BRK ReDesign will have reclaimed wood picture frames, some with vintage prints. Lisa Bowen of Ladybug Lane Creations will present her unique pavers, solar lights and signs. Shown above is colorful stoneware by Kristin MacQuarrie of KWM Fine Art and Pottery.
There’ll be that and a whole lot more — including, yes, handmade Christmas items.
“We have a really nice selection of unique items, great for gift-grabbing,” says Menger of the temporary sale. “It’s even bigger than before,” she says, referencing a Christmas pop-up event she and Johnson held at Westchester Commons last fall. “You’ll find items that you won’t see in future shows, and many of these crafters won’t be back at the shopping center until after Thanksgiving.”
Mark Summer of Westchester Commons is excited about the Christmas in July pop-up, too. “This is our first three-day sale and we’re excited to bring even more local craftspeople and artists,” he says. “Santa will be here this weekend,” he says, “and summer Santa has his own cool style.”
“Christmas is almost exactly five months away,” Menger says. “Start shopping early and support local artisans."
The “Christmas in July Crafters Pop-Up” will be held at 153 Perimeter Drive in a vacant shop between Dress Barn and OfficeMax. Shop Friday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.