“A Christmas Affair” is definitely my favorite shopping event in Austin. This annual show is organized by The Junior League of Austin in support of their numerous community projects, including the upcoming Coats for Kids.
As usual, the Palmer Events Center was filled with women shoppers and top-quality, unique merchandise. Men were scarce except for vendors. Lots of women, wine, and free food samples might sound enticing, but that other element, shopping, seems to keep most guys away.
Once again I shopped on Friday, the second day of the four-day event. The crowd seemed to be lighter this year. Perhaps some women were scared away by the predictions of major traffic jams for Austin Formula One race weekend, or perhaps they were out at the F1 racetrack. This might also explain the lack of men, but I don’t think so.