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4 Holiday Pop-Up Shops in New York City

Why shop at the mall when you can find handcrafted, artisanal and designer deals at a New York City holiday pop-up shop?  With hot cocoa in tow, Everything She Wants loves to peruse the crafty gifts and goods at festive pop-ups and marketplaces--some one-off events and others lasting 'til the end of the holiday season. 

UrbanSpace's Union Square Holiday Market.

Here's a short list:

1. Before or after brunch, spend your Sunday afternoon at a fashionable shopping event hosted at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue (Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; free and open to the public). Located in the Ivy Room on the hotel's rooftop, indie brands will come together and create a unique shopping experience. Gift wrapping will be provided and 100 percent of the gift wrapping donations will benefit Leg Up Farm. 

2. Stock up on beauty products from 40 top brands including Smashbox, Mario Badescu and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to  6 p.m and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $25), an exclusive luxury sample sale. And stay for a seminar to get tips from makeup artists who set the trends we see on the runway and the red carpet. 

3. This year's BUST Holiday Craftacular (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; $3, first 300 attendees each day get goodie bags) at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint will feature over 200 vendors selling handmade crafts, delectable foods, groovy vintage finds and more at NYC's longest-running indie craft fair. Wrap your gifts in style at the wrapping paper station, handcraft a card, and don't miss the Ugly Sweater Selfie Booth. Best of all, the event features a cat cafe with adorable, adoptable cats from several local animal rescue organizations. Meow!

4. Over 150 vendors will offer their wares this year at the Union Square Holiday Market (Nov. 20 to Dec. 24, weekdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), including new vendors like Corkbuds, The Men's Soap Shop, Farm to People and New York Puzzle Company. With an expanded “Little Brooklyn” section, visitors and Manhanannites alike will discover goods from Brooklyn Slate, Pepper Press, Brooklyn Brew Shop, and more. 

UrbanSpace has also designed a new interactive art installation specifically for the 2014 market, called Hope Notes Fountain. Located on the west side of the market, visitors can display positive messages of holiday cheer and make donations to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports community-led efforts to increase access to locally grown food.

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