Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

The holidays are right around the corner, and WNYBAC just held our final event of the calendar year. This past weekend was the 11th annual Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace.

As the name suggests, Last Minute Panic is one of the very latest holiday artisan markets in Buffalo. This year we hosted more than 40 vendors. All three floors of the building were filled with holiday cheer, including the basement studio, which for the first time ever housed two vendors this year. Last Minute Panic just keeps on growing. The vendors had everything, from hand-made pottery by pots by djr and jewelry by Elements of Ash, Fossil Craft and more, to all-natural soaps by Dirty B*tch Soap Co. and Wild Mountain Botanicals and candles by Rose and Mags Country Mile.

For the bookworm, Buffalo Heritage Press offered all sorts of books about Buffalo, as well as books by local authors and artists. OssaBelle Trinkets had one of a kind home-decor items, including macrame hanging holders for plants, or anything else you can imagine! Huurman’s Handmade provided unique, handcrafted journals as well as reusable gift boxes, so that even the wrapping of your gift could be a thoughtful surprise.


Yes, there were plenty of gift options for anyone on your list. The vendors listed above aren’t even half of the talented creators we hosted at Last Minute Panic.

LMP is more than just a sale, though. After all, would it really be a WNYBAC event if there wasn’t at least one hands-on letterpress demonstration? Guests had the opportunity to learn about our historic Vandercook Printing Presses and try their hand at printing their own holiday card.


There was also a fun origami craft perfect for kids and the young at heart. You could create a beautiful ornament to hang on your own tree, or to give as a gift. Kids could work on this while a parent shopped.

On Saturday afternoon one of our members did henna, and throughout both days there was a coffee and hot chocolate bar, for when you just needed a break from shopping to sip something warm.

Every year, Last Minute Panic is a community event. It brings artists and makers from across Buffalo together in the holiday spirit. 

In the words of one of our vendors, Jessica Gadra, of Gadra Illustration;

The sale was, as ever, such a delight.  I call it the “reverse snow globe show”—sitting in a warm and glittering place while the city and the weather swirls around us.  

Many of our own WNYBAC members vend, volunteer, or attend, and we couldn’t hold this amazing event every year without them. So thanks to all our vendors and volunteers for sharing their time and talents with us, and thanks to everyone who came out to support the local arts community in Buffalo, at WNYBAC and beyond.

We hope to see you all again next year for another great holiday marketplace. And for now, happy holidays from all of us here at WNYBAC!


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing