Arts & Culture

King’s Books hosts annual Tacoma Is For Lovers craft fair this weekend

Forget Black Friday sales of mass-produced gifts. Instead, you can buy gifts that are handmade, unique and local at the annual Artist Craft Fair this weekend at King’s Books.

Co-organized by the community group Tacoma Is For Lovers and King’s owner Sweet Pea Flaherty, the fair includes some new faces this year, including Jumping Juniper Dolls on Saturday and Lovesome Totes, Luminous Jewelry, KV Apothecary, James Bender, Summer Hess and TMN Creative on Sunday.

Returning artisans include letterpress printmakers Chandler O’Leary, Jessica Spring and Notta Pixie Press, soapmaker Mara Loveday, paper artist Laurie Cinotto, vintage pursemaker Brooke Mclaughlin and more. You’ll also find handmade candles in vintage glass and ceramic containers, artisan nail polish, botanical skincare products, jewelry, cards, knitware and more, all made by local crafters.

The free fair runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. For more information, call 253-272-8801 or visit the store’s website at

If you miss this weekend, many of the same artisans will be selling at the Gritty City Gift Fair from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at 934 Broadway in downtown Tacoma.