Last minute shoppers make their way to Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

“I’m torn between these and the stars” Gene Templeton made Santa's naughty list this year, for procrastination. “I’m doing last minute shopping for great nephews and nieces,” he said.

Fortunately, for him and many others “The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar” came to the rescue. Bruce Willenzik is Executive Producer of the event, “They can find things here you can't find anywhere else. Distinctive gifts, hard to find gifts, original, creative and you get to buy it straight from the people who made it. It's really different,” he said.

The event has become a yearly tradition for many Austinites, 40 years in the making. “We started off very humble beginnings. It started off pretty meek with card tables, very few artists, but it grew, and it grew every year,” Willenzik said.

Now artists come from all over the country to attend the event. “My wish is that my grandchildren’s children will be able to shop here one day,” Willenzik said.

David Bergeron's booth was environmentally focused, turning trash into art. He's been coming to the event for three years now. “What's really exciting is to see, ya know, the same artists once every year and see what they've done new and the challenge of... I think everyone is inspired by each other a little bit, and you're always trying to up your game,” he said.

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