By Sydia Bell

The holiday season is fast approaching (sorry for the reminder). If you are anything like me you are wondering where you can find those creative, one of a kind, personality-infused gifts that fits into your budget. Who isn’t, right? I’ve got the perfect event for you.

Since its initial launch in 2005, the Indie Craft Experience (ICE), a grass-roots effort providing indie crafters a place to sell and promote their creations, has become the go-to place for holiday gifts and more.

On Nov. 19 and 20 the Indie Craft Experience is hosting its 13th annual event, Holiday Shopping Spectacular from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ambient Studios, 585 Wells St.). The 5$ admission fee for those over the age of 12 is a small price to pay when patrons can expect a showcase of some of the most unique and inspiring displays of jewelry, illustrations, clothing and much more. Nearly 100 vendors were already signed up at press time.

Organizers Christy Petterson of a bardis ( and Shannon Mulkey of Patina ( were inspired to create ICE after seeing shows in Chicago and Austin. They saw there wasn’t a major indie craft show in Atlanta with hip goods people would actually want to buy and receive, thus ICE was born.

If you get hungry or thirsty while doing all that shopping, The Good Food Truck, King of Pops and Ursa Minor Coffee will be on hand.

For more information about event, full list of vendors or if interested in volunteering visit


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.