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Shopping the right way

Dear Editor:

The Artisan Winter Market is the answer to our Christmas expeditions.

Two reasons we dislike shopping are because it’s all the same or too expensive, right? Yet I love giving gifts, and shopping can be great fun, especially when I find just the perfect thing for that special someone.

So this Saturday I’m going to the Artisan Winter Market at the Glenwood Community Center, where I plan to buy some spun honey and bee pollen, homemade jelly and a great candle that will make a great gift basket for a sweet friend of mine. Then I will pick out some earrings for two or three of the girls on my list, a baby sweater for the new great niece on her way soon, a handcrafted barn-wood box and some organic fair trade coffee for my brother, pine-cone fire starters for my husband, and a fantastic photo framed and ready to go for my mom.

Then, I’m going to take all my treasures to the gift wrapping booth, get it all wrapped and be thrilled that I’ve also made a donation to Relay for Life in the process. Don’t tell anyone, but my UPS man is the best and my favorite, so I plan to get boxes of beautiful cookies for him, my USPS mail carrier and FedEx driver. For myself I plan to enjoy the performance and the soulful sounds of Meredith Dinsdale and friends as I eat a delicious lunch, which will be a donation to the Pregnancy Resource Center!

With 40 different vendors all in one great location with ample parking and an ice rink to boot, how can you go wrong? The market is open from 10-4, I’ll look for you there!

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Jan Gessele

Carbondale