Remember that time last year when you tried to go to the mall for your Christmas shopping? Actually, you probably don’t. Rage clouds memory. Let me refresh—you spent an hour circling the parking lot in an automotive version of “The Hunger Games”, except with higher stakes. Once you secured a parking spot, you squeezed inside amongst the masses, greeted by hundreds of children lined up to see a fancy Santa Claus with a wait time of 8 hours, their helpless screams echoing off the cavernous ceilings of a giant holiday hellscape. And after all that, your sister already had the boots you bought her while you were there. You shouldn’t do that again. Any of it. What you should do is get a leg up on the helpless retail-bound masses by getting everything done early at the 2014 Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash frin 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Tucked into the South Side Events Center at Gilley’s, 1135 South Lamar, the vendors of Jingle Bash will be plying their handmade wares—including one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, décor, and bath and body goods. All the quality gifts you pick up there will elicit oohs and aahs from recipients, and the ample parking, fun décor, live music and availability of adult beverages and yummy food will make it a joy to do your shopping this year. Admission is free—get there early to claim one of the “Bash Bags” given to the first 50 shippers. Visit handmadebash.com for more.

Sat., Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014

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