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Sales may be more traditional after Christmas, but in Clerkenwell some of the best deals and shopping events happen ahead of the big day.

Many vintage lovers already have Savitri Coleman's monthly sales at the Old Finsbury Town Hall in their little black books. She's hosting a festive edition of the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair there on 18 November. Look out for designer accessories for men and women from Harris Tweed, Burberry, Liberty and Dior. If you're looking for unusual Christmas gifts, you'll also be able to find vintage film posters, retro crockery, and antique maps and watches, plus Christmas cards and decorations.

Craft Central will also be hosting a festive shopping event from 22-25 November. Made in Clerkenwell: Winter Open Studios sees 100+ designers and makers sell their wares at the organisation's St John's Square and Clerkenwell Green locations. It's a brilliant chance to pick up handmade accessories, jewellery, ceramics and other crafts and meet the people behind your purchases. 23 November is late night shopping, with the studios open until 8pm. Finally, bargain-hunters should head to Knoll's sample sale on 24 November. Check for timings and details.


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