With the holiday season just around the corner, longstanding craft fair and market operators are looking at new opportunities to support local makers, bakers, artists and artisans.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings, many of these events have been forced to cancel, and for the first time in 32 years Out of Hand Modern Market, one of Vancouver Island’s largest and longest running artisan markets, will not fill either the Victoria Conference Centre or Crystal Gardens.

Out of Hand Modern Market has held its annual holiday market for the past 31 years, with last year being a record year for attendance.

While the in-person experience has been paused for 2020, the holiday shopping must go on! Organizers of Out of Hand Modern Market have moved the market from Victoria’s Crystal Gardens to online.

From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday November 29, over 40 BC based artists and makers will be offering shoppers discounts and offers on a wide selection of beautiful handmade goods at the Out of Hand Holiday Online Market.

“Holding an online market is a very different experience than an in person market, we are going to miss the personal interactions but are excited to bring shoppers such an amazing array of makers, artists and designers online,” said Bethany Wilson, owner of the market.

“I am so grateful for the support of our shoppers, and the adaptability of our makers; some of whom have had to embrace e-commerce for the first time while others have worked very hard to take their online business to new levels of success during these times.”

The Out of Hand Holiday online market features 40 makers of premium handmade goods from the mainland, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and other parts of Vancouver Island.

Unique to this market, these makers will all be offering discounts and deals through their online shops with the exclusive promo code “OOH2020”.  The participating makers and their offers are listed on outofhand.ca.

Additionally, Out of Hand has partnered with several local makers and has produced a line of curated gift boxes of beautiful handmade goods just in time for the holidays.

These gift boxes can be purchased online and are 15% off during the market when using the exclusive promo code.


Out of Hand Holiday Online Market

  • When: Market begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and runs to end of day on Sunday, November 29

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