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Market Christmas

It’s freezing out there! It’s a humdinger of a winter day today! Minus 8 in the morning and up to -6 and that’s it. I stopped by the ocean just before sunrise to take some photos but my hands wouldn’t work!

Do you know what I do? Each time I visit someplace I add that city weather into my iPhone app, and so I can tell you that while it was -6 here, it was -26 in Calgary and only 11 in San Francisco. Bet everyone from East to South is shivering in their boots! It’s that darn Jet Stream. Back up North with you! So in the meantime, we went shopping and looking around for some Christmas inspiration.

Do you like market shopping?

We do. We love it. Farmer’s markets, craft markets, public markets…off the beaten path flea markets…any other market you can think of. Lately Chloe and I have been browsing around some of our favourite markets.

Come see the cool things that we discovered. 🙂

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It’s a lemon! Buddha’s hand lemon. Incredibly fragrant and also makes the best candied lemon peel, I understand, because it’s not bitter.

Look what else we found: These incredible figurines. Don’t you love the beaded whiskers and the little jewels in their ears?

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Doesn’t it look like markets might be places where you can find something for everyone on your list? I think so. I love places where so many different makers, from craftspeople to farmers to importers come together under one roof. Who else likes to go into hat shops and try on hats? We just can’t help ourselves. 🙂


C and I spent a little extra time in one of our favourite shop, Paper Ya.

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It’s beautiful and full of Christmas whimsy plus the most incredible journals, papers, and every kind of writing supplies you can imagine.

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And some thing you probably can’t imagine…lol

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Something new we discovered today: this Good Soap. We love the coconut scent; it’s absolutely delicious, (although if coconut’s not your thing then it also comes in about 8 different scents) and we love that it’s a Fairtrade certified product.


So now to make that list and check it twice. Tell if you found a favourite thing at your market. Inspiration is always the best thing.

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Comments: 12

  • December 8, 2013

    Did the Buddha have arthritis? wow
    I can not pass by an olive bar at all. Must stop and take some home.
    Great shopping day! thanks for sharing it.

  • December 8, 2013

    Christmas markets are beautiful, I love them!

  • December 8, 2013

    Karin Termini · University of Virginia
    I have never seen a lemon like that! Now I want to find one and try it! There are some great things in your pictures. I would be so broke after shopping with you!
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  • December 8, 2013

    Hello Veronica!

    This market looks like such fun and is filled with interesting and unique gift ideas. I always enjoy supporting local businesses:) That soap .. I’m sure it’s lovely! xxleslie

  • December 8, 2013

    How fun is that! What a great place to wander, shop and photograph. I love those lemons.. I’ve never seen anything like that. Great photos all around. And we shared identical temperatures, today.

  • December 9, 2013

    dear Veronica
    first, thank you for your sweet words!
    second, if you want to join the dc just do!
    this is how it works:
    a host picks a theme
    bloggers who want to join leave a comment saying they are in
    the following saturday the drawings are shown on the blogs
    and the host links to all the participants
    a new host is presented for the following week

    this week is Nadine the host of tiny woolf
    the one who keeps us all together is Ariane of The Rose
    at her blog you can find all the themes we already did ;^))
    hope to see you around!
    Patrice A.

  • December 9, 2013

    i do that too … i add the cities i have been to into my iPhone weather app and keep checking … and i love that paper store i am besotted by/over stamps!

  • December 9, 2013

    I love markets! We went to one this weekend, and they had a folk band singing all kinds of music–love live music too–and we tasted some yummy olive oil, and delicious honey–the beekeeper was hilarious, when we said the honey was delish, he said “Of course, those are my bees!” I was laughing about that all day. Love those Buddah Finger lemons, Amazing!

  • December 10, 2013

    Hi Veronica. I love market shopping too. Sometimes we get to San Francisco and they have a great one by Pier 39. There is just such a wonderful, different atmosphere when you are shopping there. Chloe is so pretty and so grown up. My computer is messed up so can’t get into my gmail account to answer my comments. So I’m leaving a huge Thank You right here and I appreciate your kind words. Yes, Buddy is such a winter dog. Bad hips, poor breathing and all ,he is still ready for a roll in the snow..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  • December 11, 2013

    I’m on love with the doggie in the cloche. How perfect is that! LOL

  • January 13, 2014

    I saved this to catch up and so glad I did! I have never in my LIFE seen lemon fingers ! I love markets like this too as you know and could spend all day. All of your finds are just beautiful especially the paper and stamp store. We have one here called the Paperia and I wander around lustfully. I must say without pride that I never leave your lovely posts without wondering when my own daughter will just want to hang with me. Hugs.

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