If you are anything like me, you are just about tired of hearing people say, “I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping!” Uggh!!! It sends my anxiety into overload because, of course, I haven’t even started. The good news is that Merry Marketplace is THIS WEEK and it is the PERFECT place to check off a variety of gifts on your shopping list.
This is the second year that the market will be held at the Memphis Botanic Garden and you will love the high-quality vendors coming to the show this year. I will include a link to view of all the vendors later in this post, but first I wanted to tell you about a few of my personal favorites.
One of my first stops every year is the Agape North booth. Joe Williams has been a friend of the JLM for several years and we love partnering with him to provide custom embroidered school shirts for Memphis school children. You can read more about our partnership here but let me tell you about the quality of their clothing! From long sleeve t-shirts and pullovers to hats and now even scarves, you are SURE to find the perfect gifts for the men, women and children in your life.
I’m super excited to see June Bug Designs on the list again this year. This father-daughter duo from Memphis turn beautiful old pieces of wood into custom painted art for your home. I purchased a wooden Christmas tree last year for our front yard and I can’t wait to put it out again.
Perhaps my favorite purchase last year was the Magic Light Wand. Fellow JLM member, Lindsay Hammond, and her family developed this innovative and magical way to turn your holiday lights on and off. I purchased several for teacher gifts, hostess gifts and even a few for our home. My two girls have small Christmas trees in their bedrooms and they loved being able to wave their Magic Light Wand from their bed to turn their lights off at night. The other BRILLIANT thing about the Magic Light Wand? It works on outdoor lights, too. No more tromping down in the basement to unplug the outside lights at our house…one wave of the wand and “poof” out they go. Now that is truly magical!
I hope this post helps get you in the mood for some fun holiday shopping…with a charitable twist! Funds raised support the JLM’s ongoing efforts to improve the Memphis community.
Click here to see a list of this year’s merchants and be sure to like the JLM MMP Facebook page to see great photos of merchandise coming to the show – including beautiful handmade jewelry and fine art. Online ticket sales have ended, but tickets for all events can be purchased at the door.
General Admission: Friday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ($10 tickets)
Merry Marketplace Girls Night Out: Join us for cocktails, appetizers and exclusive shopping before Merry Marketplace opens to the public. Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6-9:30 pm ($30 tickets).
Boutique Breakfast: Attendees will enjoy brunch and mimosas while taking advantage of stroller-free shopping before Merry Marketplace general admission begins at 11 a.m. Friday, November 14, 9 a.m. – Noon ($25 tickets).
Grab a friend and come shop with us!
Community Outreach Director