Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Pops Up at SB Museum of Natural History

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Anomaly Imports – handmade baskets, blankets, and gifts from Mexico
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Source: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Over four weekends, from November 27 to December 20, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a series of pop-up shops in its courtyard. Each weekend will feature a different vendor from the beloved annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace fundraiser. These pop-up shops will run Friday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. 25% of sales benefit Museum exhibits and programs. Throughout December, a selection of beautiful items from many other favorite marketplace vendors will be on-site in the Museum Store, which is open Wednesday–Sunday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. This selection of items will also be available through the new online store (

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace is typically a large annual three-day fundraiser that features 30+ vendors selling goods from all over the world. Discerning gift-givers rely on it to supply a wealth of unique artisanal gifts. This year’s pop-up shop version aims to provide a safely scaled-down outdoor experience that still offers a fine array of handcrafted items. Shopping the Marketplace is free, Museum admission not included.  

Vendors include:

• 11/27–11/29: Peruvian Imports featuring high-quality, handmade alpaca wool clothing and accessories

• 12/4–12/6: Anomaly Imports featuring handmade gifts such as palm baskets and products from the Zapotec Weavers of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca

• 12/11–12/13: RoHo Goods featuring Kitenge fabric masks, one-of-a-kind Kenyan beaded leather sandals, cowhide bags, African beaded jewelry, Binga baskets, and cowhide home goods that support Kenyan artisans

• 12/18–12/20: La Calenda featuring folk art from Oaxaca, clothing and textiles, jewelry, sculptures, and Talavera Pottery

Event organizer Director of Operations Amy Carpenter shares, “It’s a great way to spend the day enjoying the Museum and perusing unique items you can’t get anywhere else in Santa Barbara. This is a curated shopping event, with hand-picked vendors and products, and a story to go with every item.” 

Shoppers are encouraged to be generous to their loved ones while supporting international artisans and the local community. For more information, visit 

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a-1606663587 Nov 29, 2020 07:26 AM
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Pops Up at SB Museum of Natural History

I have been going to the event for the last few years, and was happy to see that the Museum has found a smaller way to make it continue. It's fantastic!
And, MMS, I seriously doubt that you do all of your holiday shopping at the YES store.
How about some positivity to usher out this crazy year?

Babycakes Nov 28, 2020 10:52 AM
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Pops Up at SB Museum of Natural History

I think the idea is to promote arts and crafts from wherever they originate, and not just the local artists who have access to the local SB market. Artists from other places, like Peru, are now able to thrive by selling their wares here. If you've ever been to Peru, you'd know that a few dollars can go a long way towards improving their lives. Quite a simple choice for me between a "Santa Barbara" coffee mug (#14 of 250) made by an Adult Ed hobbyist versus an incredibly intricate hand-woven artisan basket from Oaxaca: basket please.

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