Gift differently: two holiday markets this weekend
Two unique holiday markets are happening this weekend in plenty of time to find a gift for that hard-to-please relative.
The annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Cafe is happening Friday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The marketplace is in its 24th year and features works by artists and crafters who create things like hand-crafted soaps, hand-made jewelry and clothing, and paintings.
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And the market will have food to enjoy while you shop like soups, cakes and cookies, and hot cocoa. It all happens at Clairemont Elementary School at 155 Erie Ave. in Decatur. Proceeds benefit the school’s educational programs.
Also on Saturday, Dec. 5, the Alternative Gift Market takes place at North Decatur Presbyterian Church on 611 Medlock Road in Decatur from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The products being sold are all fair trade and environmentally sustainable.
The church’s website says, “Gifts for sale include olive oil and beautiful carvings from Palestine; hats, scarves, clothing and gifts from Latin America; delicious soup and cookie mixes made in the U.S. supporting people in transition; rugs and other gifts from local refugee and affordable housing initiatives; and fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate.” The website also says, “Holiday Gift Cards benefiting a birthing center in Guatemala and a school for the Eco Villages community in Haiti will also be sold.”