Every year, the University Women’s Club of Vancouver holds a fundraising craft event called the Christmas at Hycroft. Every November the event showcases local artisan vendors in a heritage house in Shaughnessy. The 17,000 square-foot Edwardian mansion allows visitors to explore three floors decked in seasonal splendour. Although the Christmas fair has ended this year, readers can still check out some of the featured vendors listed below.
And Then Again
And Then Again is an online retail store that creates unique and meaningful heirloom gifts. It features hand-polished and hand-stamped vintage silverware. Each antique piece is hand-selected from estate sales, online sales, and thrift stores. Lastly, the pieces will be stamped with the year of design on the back.
Londons Fields Shoppe
London Fields Shoppe is a colourful and nostalgic boutique that is worth looking into if visitors are fond of handcrafted goods and everyday objects. The husband and wife duo that own London Fields Shoppe, source their products around the globe. Their inventory consists of stationery, cards, and vintage storybooks. They also emphasize their handcrafted, sewn goods.
Christmas is coming just around the corner. Sending handmade ppop-upcards to friends and family is a creative choice that makes an excellent gift. LOTUSLAND stresses fair trade practices and offers pop up cards that are handmade by talented artisans. For every card they sell, one dollar of the proceeds go to reforestation.
The Nut Merchant
There are not many food vendors at this Christmas market. The Nut Merchant catches many visitors’ attention. It offers gluten- and vegan-free nut products with unique flavour profiles. Both sweet and savoury flavours that will definitely satisfy each customer’s taste buds. Their most popular products are the candied pecans and the maple sriracha pecans.
In addition to the artisan vendors, the Edwardian mansion itself is a piece of art. The ornamental plasterwork at Hycroft is created by a well known Italian sculptor Charles Marega. Marega also created the twin lions of the Lions Gate Bridge and many of Vancouver’s other famous landmarks. Hycroft is not opened to the public during the year. A Christmas at Hycroft visit makes for an excellent and rare opportunity to get in the spirit with friends and family. With beautiful and artistic scenery, the Hycroft can also be booked for private events, such as wedding and photoshoots.