MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston | December 12: 11 am–5 pm | $1 | masscraftmarket.org
When she was a student at MassArt, Lindsay Metivier got involved with the late, great Punk Rock Flea Market. When its founder Ben Sisto moved to New York, Metivier took over in hopes of sustaining the tradition of getting a bunch of art-school kids together to sell their wares in the MassArt gym.
When she was about to graduate, she founded MassMarket but cut loose the VHS tapes and 8-tracks sold at Punk Rock Flea Markets of yore.
"There's no more yard-sale stuff. It's all stuff that people make, with the exception of record vendors and vintage-clothing sellers," Metivier says. "I wanted to make it an artisan, craft, and music event."
Since 2007, Metivier and co-producer Brian Butler have assembled a group of vendors and DJs. This year, Rexcashmere, Little Chou, Ryoji, and Alex will spin records to get people into a crafty groove.
"Smoke Signals" print, $55 | Bark Decor | barkdecor.com
Designer Sarah Barrett does pen-and-ink drawings, then makes giclée prints. "She just started Bark Decor a year ago, and she's getting a lot of work," Metivier says. "I love this print of two foxes. It's the best I've seen in a long time."
Limited-edition handmade book, $25 | Black Pine | blackpinebooks.com
Somerville-based bookmaker Allison Beondé hand-stitches each book she makes. These limited-edition hardcovers are bound in gray cloth with a perky yellow lining. "I'm attracted to the palette she uses," Metivier says.
"Altered States" blacklight poster, $30 | Quigley's Magic Shop | scuzzdemon.blogspot.com"This stuff is creepy and pretty amazing," Metivier says, describing James Quigley as the heir to the artistic legacies of Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs. Both influences are apparent in this blacklight poster, which should appeal to anyone with an ankh necklace.