Atomic Holiday Bazaar enters its 13th season on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. This holiday “indie” craft show, featuring 200+ makers, is held at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, the Bay Front Room and street fair, located on Plaza De Santo Domingo, the street between the Municipal Auditorium and the Sarasota Art Center.
Adrien Lucas moved to Sarasota from L.A. and decided to bring a bit of L.A. with her by creating a show with outlandish colorful craft and interesting people. Atomic launched in 2006 showcasing 50 unconventional crafters who needed an affordable and welcoming venue to sell their unusual handmade wares. By producing an alternative craft show for Sarasota’s hip shoppers, Atomic quickly grew into a Sarasota holiday shopping tradition.
The show proved such a success it expanded to a full weekend in 2007 and in 2008 Atomic grew from the main auditorium to the Bay Front room to accommodate the ever growing number of talented applicants and dedicated shoppers. In 2015, Atomic expanded again opening up its first street fair and jumping on the trend of including a handful of delicious local Sarasota food trucks.
Atomic features a wide range of items for all: screen printed t-shirts, faux taxidermy, upcycled everything ranging from home decor, clothing, jewelry, (for example, think of “upcycled” as copper pipe that has been refitted into a desk lamp), vintage clothing, kitsch and jewelry, lowbrow to elegant fine art, holiday cards, jams, jellies and the best canned pickle selections ever, one of a kind baby clothing, humorous chatchkes, ornaments, knits, catnip toys, doggie stuff, felted art, plants, plushies (unusual and humorous creatures), pop culture-graphic art posters, dark sentiments, body products, candles, beachy vibe stuff, ethnic Latin textiles, rock n roll edgy clothing, sweet little creations that make you sigh, get the picture? No artsy stone unturned, Atomic has something for all.
Tote bags are passed out by local roller derby league, the Bradentucky Bombers, to the first 100 adult’ish humans who enter the main auditorium at the stroke of Noon. Totes are screened with artwork created specifically for the show and are filled with vendor swag and coupons that may be used during Atomic.
Admission to the Main Auditorium is $5 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free to that room. On a budget? The Bay Front room and Street Fair are free to enter. Food trucks and the auditorium cantina will be open for hungry shoppers. Atomic is family friendly to PG-Rated adult content.