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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Ushered in Another Round of Successful Talent

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In its 41st year, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has become a staple of Austin holiday shopping. Hosting both local and distant talent, shoppers are dazzled to find art not available in your average chain store. This year was no exception. In just three days, from December 16th to December 18th, the bazaar saw an attendance of 8,802 people. From jewelry to wears to portraits and lotions, there were a variety of vendors. Here were some of our favorites.

Geraldo De-Souza from Syracuse, New York was as bright and pleasant as his bow ties. The range of colors and styles all arranged on the wall felt like an art installation in itself. What’s more, these are wearable art. Geraldo’s bow ties can be found at

Photo: Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery offered some whimsical pieces. Metal and reclaimed objects come together to form faces of various expressions. Another find you won’t get just anywhere. S. D. Meadows is based out of Palestine, Illinois. As it often happens, we found the artist as intriguing as the art.

Photo: Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

We overheard Nemo, from Hannah and Nemo’s Aluminum Can Eco-Folk Art explain that they had made a piece for their home and after a time realized they might be on to something others would enjoy as well. Nemo demonstrated cutting cans and finding graphics on cans. We also appreciated their sign that includes their website They do not distribute business cards and instead prefer the sustainability of displaying a sign. We obliged by taking a picture to share here.

Photo: Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

While we shopped we stopped for a time to listen to Carol Wonderland and her band. You can hear the music throughout the building, but Carol was worth a stop. She has a mesmerizing voice!

Photo: Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

While the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ended on the 24th, the talent of these and the other artists can be found year round. Make plans to visit the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar next year, and in the meantime shop local and support these and other artists!