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Valentine's Day Gift Pop-Up @ Strange Ways! January 19 2024

Join us for our monthly mini market! This month's market is just in time for Valentine's Day, so make a great impression on your sweetheart by purchasing thoughtful, local gifts!
Featured vendors:
Heart of a Hungry Hermit
High Honey Candle
Kat Fountain
Vree Clay Designs

QUEER MIXER: Valentine's Day Edition @ Strange Ways! January 19 2024

Bringing together the LGBTQ+ community for mixing and mingling. Spread the love, and maybe you'll even grow your love life? Being queer can make you bitter, so come on in and get down for some good vibes. Maybe you'll meet someone newβ€”friend, lover, or just a new connection!

❀️local business F.EM. shop will be vending some kinky and frisky adult toys!
❀️browse sexy vintage films and other quirky oddities from Unapproachable A/V
❀️queer owned restaurant, Blue Orchid, will provide light appetizers! Refreshments will be available as well. We encourage you to keep the good vibes going by hitting the after-party at Blue Orchid, just a quick walk down the street!
❀️ R U QUEER? If YES, you'll save 10% on any in store Strange Ways purchase during the mixer! Find the perfect gift for your Valentine.
❀️18+ only. Free to attend! Come by yourself or bring the whole posse!

Gifts Under $20 @ Strange Ways! November 24 2023

Join us every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas for a differently themed holiday market!

Are you a procrastinator? Do you love shopping local? Are you on a budget?
If you answered yes to any/all of these we have a market for you!
Join us on the day before the night before Christmas for a last minute shopper's wonderland! We'll have a total of SIX incredible makers, all selling wares that are $20 and under. Think pins, patches, stickers, keychains, and other goodies!
Whether you're starting at the beginning of your list, or looking for those last minute impulse buys, there's something for everyone at this market.

Featured vendors:
Babe Gang Patches
Dreamy Punk
Hannah Francis
Jax the catalyst
Kobo Studio
Vox Lobo

Crafters of Color Holiday Market @ Strange Ways! November 24 2023

Join us every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas for a differently themed holiday market!

We're so excited to invite back our friends from New Haven Crafters of Color! You might remember how epic their Pride Month market was, but if you weren't able to make it to that one- DON'T MISS THIS ONE! The five founding members will be joining us this time, and they have a full selection of newly crafted goods just in time for the holidays!

Featured vendors:
Beacon Craft Studio - leather everything
Bright Raven Studio - ceramics and candles
CreampuffPal - clay and resin jewelry, buttons, accessories
Wrap Artist Gems - crystal and bead jewelry, prints
Yarnshaper - 3D crochet


Shop local for the Strange Ways!

BLACK XMAS: A Dark Holiday Market @ Strange Ways! November 24 2023

Join us every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas for a differently themed holiday market!

BLACK XMAS celebrates the people who believe EVERY day should be Halloween! This curated market features a chilling array of the darkest and most delightful handmade oddities. This is the one-stop shop for all of the ghouls on your gift list this holiday season!

Featured vendors:
Forbidden Forest Arts
Graveyard Glassworks
Krampus caricatures by Bill Hernandez
Jared King
Wake the Dead

Shop local this Strange Ways!

QUEER MIXER: HoliGAYS Edition @ Strange Ways! November 17 2023

Strange Ways returns with another QUEER MIXER.....except this time, we're getting fancy and festive! That's right, we're going HOMO for the holiGAYS!

Join us in store for a free and friendly social gathering from 7pm-9pm. Meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and come see for yourself why the Connecticut queer community is so special.

* Enjoy free refreshments along with catering from our friends and queer neighbors at Blue Orchid!
*As a special holiday treat, Queer folks will receive 20% off their entire purchase during the mixer, so feel free to browse and shop while we party!
*Wear your ugliest and gayest Christmas sweater to spread some cheer and maybe even attract a mate....who knows! ;)

The fun doesn't end at 9pm! We'll be closing down shop and walking down the street to continue the afterparty at Blue Orchid, who is kindly extending their hours to accommodate ours guests! Grab one of their signature mixed drink or a little bite to eat and support another incredible queer-owned business right here in the 9th Square.

Hygge Holiday Market @ Strange Ways! November 17 2023

Join us every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas for a differently themed holiday market!

We're kicking off the season like the Danish intended: HYGGE STYLE! In other words, COZY!

What the heck is hygge, you ask? It's the Danish word for "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being". The makers in this market all emobdy the hygge lifestyle: you can expect candles, fresh baked goods, houseplants, ethereal artwork, soap, trinkets, and much more!

Featured vendors:
Big Sis Crafts
Honey Hedge Crafts
Mel Bakes
Smudge Books
Tiny Robot Candles

Shop local for the Strange Ways!



Small Business Saturday Gift Bazaar @ Strange Ways! October 27 2023

We're kicking off the holiday shopping season the best way we know how: INDEPENDENT & LOCAL!
We have carefully selected the best of the best local small businesses to give shoppers an incredible variety of unique gift ideas to choose from.
Shop everything from vintage, handmade, clothing, housewares, and more! We have a feeling you'll find something for everyone on your list!
As an added bonus: Strange Ways will be offering 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! So keep your money where your heart is and shop local for the holidays this year!

Photos With Krampus @ Strange Ways! October 27 2023

Krampus is home for the holidays...just in time for a photo shoot with YOU!

Join the Frankenstein Twins at Strange Ways in New Haven as we create some holiday magick and mischief with the one and only Krampus! This is The Frankenstein Twin's non-traditional version of the typical mall Santa, where guests will be able to get their photo taken with Krampus in a quirky Connecticut setting. These photos are PERFECT for your annual holiday card. This year, Krampus will be stationed at Strange Ways in New Haven, an incredible local shop with the most unique gift selection in the state!

Each ticket holder will receive access to a top-secret digital photo album which contains high-resolution photos that are yours to use in any way you'd like! You will also receive a commemorative Photos With Krampus postcard art print, designed by The Frankenstein Twins and available only to ticket holders.

As a special bonus, you will receive an exclusive code for early access Black Friday shopping with our hosts at Strange Ways: 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! Beat the holiday rush and get a head-start on your shopping when you're done getting your photos taken!




Drag & Draw with Giganta Smalls @ Strange Ways! October 27 2023

Join us at Strange Ways for an unforgettable figure drawing class! Once again we will be bringing a LIVE DRAG QUEEN into Strange Ways Studio as our figure drawing model!

This will be a guided class, taught by our very own Val Ruby-Omen, professional illustrator and amateur drag queen tamer. She'll teach you step-by-step how to draw the human form, as our model, Giganta Smalls, strikes a pose or two.

This class is suitable for all skill levels and is meant to be fun, casual, and incredibly entertaining. There will be jokes, laughs, and emotional support available if your drawing ends up looking more like a donkey than our beautiful Giganta. **We do recommend ages 13+ for this class--expect the same level of shenanigans you'd see in a PG13 movie.**

We will provide all of the materials you need to draw your very own drag queen, but please feel free to bring your own if you'd like to get even more creative!

Giganta will also be treating guests to a performance at the end of the class, so stick around and see why the CT drag scene is among the best in the world.

SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED- buy your tickets ASAP because this class will fill up fast.

TICKETS ARE $15 PRESALE, OR $20 AT THE DOOR (if any are even available by then!):