Shop small: Handmade gifts abound at Deluxe Winter Market

OKLAHOMA CITY – Shoppers are already out in force, trying to get the best deal this holiday season.

However, experts are encouraging shoppers to spend a little bit of their hard earned money at local businesses this Christmas.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding Americans that shopping on Small Business Saturday supports the country’s small businesses.

“Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses and creating jobs in communities all across America,” said Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Shopping small this Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Americans to support their local community businesses and promote growth and vitality to America’s booming economy during this holiday season and throughout the coming year.”

Last year, 112 million Americans spent $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants.

“Small businesses are the engine of our national economy. We now have in the United States about 30 million small businesses. About half of all American workers are either employed by a small business or own a small business. And two out of three new jobs are created by small business. Those are pretty powerful and compelling statistics,” said McMahon.

The Deluxe Winter Market, an annual market that features handmade gifts from mostly Oklahoma-based artists, will be held Saturday, Nov. 25 in Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City.

No resellers are allowed, and all items are handcrafted or artist-made.

“The Deluxe Winter Market offers more than 60 artists to shop from, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere.” says Deluxe co-founder and director, Sara Cowan. “All of our items are handmade or artist made. The people that you meet selling the items are the ones who created them.”

The market will feature the Elf Market, where children under 14 can shop independently or with volunteer assistants. All items in the Elf Market are priced under $10 and all proceeds go to the Curbside Chronicle. KFOR's Lance West will also serve as a 'celebrity shopping guide.'

Doors to the Deluxe Winter Market open at 11 a.m. and admission is free.