Attention, shoppers! Though it’s still technically summer, we’re pretty much nanoseconds from the oncoming onslaught of holiday advertisements, yuletide music re-entering radio rotation, and the intense pressure of needing to buy the perfect gift for everyone on your list…before eventually giving up and just buying everyone gift cards. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Since 2009, Hover Craft has served as a holiday-adjacent event that offers an eclectic and extensive lineup of Milwaukee artists, makers, and hyper-local retailers a forum to sell their handmade wares, while offering customers an opportunity to mark some names off their holiday shopping list with a massive selection of unique items made and sold right here in Milwaukee. Not to mention shoppers’ ability to browse while drinking beer and listening to DJs play specifically non-seasonal music After outgrowing Bay View Brew Haus and Sweet Water Organics (both of which no longer exist) its first three years and packing Turner Hall the last two Decembers, Hover Craft is back for a sixth installment, which will take place Sunday, December 13 at the historic Pritzlaff Building from noon to 6 p.m.

More than 70 Milwaukee-based vendors will be on hand this year, including Kpolly, recently controversial painter Filthy Freehand, Orchard Street Press, Madam Chino, cat calendar and greeting card magnate Kate Funk, and the works of founders/organizers Ashley Smith, Cortney Heimerl, and Vanessa Andrew.

“This will be the biggest and best year yet,” Smith says. “With over 70 local vendors, there will be something for everyone. This year, and in every year, we have many new and fresh vendors. While maintaining relationships with more experienced makers, we also aim to give the new kids on the block the space to grow their new business.”

Here is the newly unveiled vendor list in its entirety:

Little Gypsy Finery
NOMAD Knife & Tool
Frank and Bella
Deer Abby
Cream City Soap Company
Tactile Craftworks
Canine Cupids
Hobbies from the Heart
Sister Golden Hair
Sarah Eichhorn Designs
Janelle Gramling Designs
Orchard Street Press
Tock Custom
Aragort Gallery
Matchless Made
Filthy Freehand
Allison Beilke Pattern Design
La Prosette
Over The Hill Pottery
Permanent Baggage
Milwaukee Blacksmith
Bureau of Print Research and Design
Canyon Woodshop
FrostBrite Handmade Jewelry
Kate Funk
Loft Studios
Hound’s Tooth Wood Work
Team Nerd Letterpress
Jenny Jo Kristan
Addy Girl
AnnKat Designs
Eldenwa Designs
Shovel + Spade
Moraye Design
Edelstein Jewels
Santa’s Little Ugly Sweatershop
John Kowalczyk Art
Rad Art Glass
W. Luminaries
Woolington Knits
Big White Yeti
Freshwater Goods
Ashley Dugan Schettl
Beast USA Shirt Company
Jim Charles Design
Simpler Times Wildcrafts
Funny Goose
Where Is She Handmade
James Steeno Gallery
Copper Shoppe
Erin Paisley
Matthew Gramling Woodworks
McHatch’s Handmade Magic
Kick Out The Jams
Poppy & Fox
Drawstring Studio LLC
Marigold House Tarot Readings
Flying Ox Creations
Cloud Nine Soap Co.
Sarah Jane Harper
Helen Groom Poser/Niffich Clothing
Cortney Heimerl
Madam Chino
Top Secret Santa
Honeypie (food vendor)

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.