May 25th, 2024

Christmas at Casa to feature 12 days of online shopping with over 40 vendors

By Lethbridge Herald on November 21, 2020.

In its eighth year, Christmas at Casa is responding to the challenges of 2020 by taking the popular Holiday Market online.
With over 40 vendors uploading handmade fine art and fine craft to the website, there is a phenomenal mix of artists and artisans. An added bonus, customers are given additional days to shop as the sale extends from today at noon to Dec. 1 at midnight.
Christmas at Casa remains a popular tradition in Lethbridge, “But with over 3,000 people visiting Casa in two days in 2019, there was just not a safe way to proceed,” explained Tara Gillanders, Allied Arts Council projects manager, in a news release. “By going online, we keep artists and customers safe in our community.
“While we will miss gathering in person there are some definite benefits to being virtual.”
Those benefits extend to vendors being able to restock products online and add new items throughout. As well, the sale has been extended from two days to 12 days and shoppers can purchase 24 hours a day from the comfort of their home.
Depending on the vendor, there are options for local drop-off, shipping and safe curbside pickup at AAC Works on 7 Street.
For many artists and artisans, it has been a trying year with traditional revenue streams drying up as lockdown restrictions were initiated. Supporting the vendors participating in Christmas at Casa supports the artists living in the community, AAC said. People can shop for local, one-of-a-kind, handmade goods created in southern Alberta.
Planning for Christmas at Casa traditionally starts early in the spring with a June 1 deadline for artist submissions. A jury meets throughout the summer to select artisans and artists for the annual sale. AAC hopes to return to its traditional event and planning schedule in 2021.
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