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The Geeky Gift Holiday Market in November will provide artists and creators with a means to sell their wares following the cancellation of Edmonton Expo.
That event, known for attracting tens of thousands of people, was canceled in September, the second year in a row, due to the provincial state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“(It will give) our expert salespeople the opportunity to sell in a smaller venue,” said market organizer Alycia Wiens. “Normally they would go to the Edmonton Expo, but they haven’t been able to sell that much in recent years.”
If all goes according to plan, the November 6-7 market at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton will be the first time in a year that the event has taken place.
The show will feature 40 local businesses, creators and artists selling their own handmade items inspired by Dr. Who, Marvel comics and anime.
“In our world, artists make more prints and drawings and creators that we consider more like those who make mugs, cosplay aprons or jewelry boxes,” Wiens said.
Many of the companies that are slated to establish themselves in the market are based out of home, Wiens added.
Cosplay clients are encouraged to show up in their creative attire.
Members of the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) will be available to gift wrap purchased items, and attendees can also donate to the organization.
Market goers can waive the $ 5 entry fee by bringing a food item, and all proceeds and food will go to the Edmonton Food Bank.