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Variety of earth-friendly holiday presents at the 14th Annual Green Gift Bazaar in Alton


ALTON – People can celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend in Downtown Alton at the Green Gift Bazaar.

Alton Main Street is teaming up with the Sierra Club and the YWCA to continue the tradition of “going green” with the 14th annual Green Gift Bazaar, featuring 44 eco-artisans and green vendors.

It is held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the YWCA of Alton, 304 E. 3rd St. in Alton.

Christine Favilla, Bazaar co-planner, said there is no entry fee to shop at the Green Gift Bazaa.

Free holiday craft activities will be provided to keep kids entertained while their parents shop. Live entertainment will be provided by multi-instrumentalist Nancy Lippincott. Free gift wrapping will be available on-site, not only for gifts purchased at the bazaar but also for any items purchased at locally-owned stores! Lunch and snacks will be available on site for shoppers, and you can also bring your non-working holiday lights to be recycled.

A sampling of the Earth-friendly one-of-a-kind gifts that will be offered at the event is as follows, all handcrafted, recycled, made in the USA or Fair Trade: unique jewelry and art using a variety of upcycled materials such as guitar strings, stained glass scraps and buttons, mittens made from repurposed wool sweaters, goat milk soaps and other botanically-based body products, mesh and burlap wreaths, hand-made baskets and driftwood décor, pottery depicting hand carved images of native prairie plants and local animals, tie dye, soy wax candles, stained glass and mosaics, alpaca scarves and socks, refurbished lamps, knit, crochet and felted wears, pallet furniture and home décor, handmade aprons, quilts and baby accessories, wooden kitchen utensils, beautiful cutting boards, rock sculptures, plush animals, an award-winning Christmas book written by a local author, and a St. Louis map created in the theme of the Hobbit’s Shire – framed and unframed maps in all sizes plus greeting cards, and journals featuring the map.

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