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Shop (and Drink) for a Good Cause at Etsy's Handmade Ho Down

If the thought of holiday shopping makes you want to gulp down a big drink or forsake the mall forever (or both), we've got the event for you. Etsy, the web's marketplace for everything handmade, is coming to SF for their first ever Bay Area Handmade Ho Down. Over 55 handmade and vintage vendors will be on there to help you check off that holiday gift list in record time. But what separates this from all the other holiday craft fairs that are a dime a dozen this time of year? Well, to start with, there's booze. Yup, this ain't your mama's craft fair... unless she prefers a stiff drink with her needlework, in which case, bring her along!

The affair is for the 21 and over set, and takes place after dark for one night only (Thursday, December 3rd from 6PM to 12AM) at Ten15 on Folsom. In case this sounds just a tad too self-indulgent for a school night, we're happy to report that the event is raising money for DrawBridge, a Bay Area arts program for homeless children. You can bring donations of art supplies to the Ho Down for a free gift at the door, or take part in the evening raffle to benefit the organization. Either way it's for a great cause and will keep you out of the mall, which just might be the gift that keeps on giving. For more information, click here.