Top 10 Reasons to Shop at the Moretown Artisans Sale

Just in case you needed to find a reason to shop at the 2014 Moretown Artisans Sale next weekend, we compiled our Top 10 Reasons for you conveniently right here:

ShopVTHashtag10. It’s Easy on the Eyes - Come see the Moretown Elementary School’s Gym transformed into a magical, holiday-inspired wonderland. Lights, decorations and all the beautiful items our artists have on display make it a sight you must see!

9. It’s Easy on the Ears – Don’t you just love having annoying holiday jiggles stuck in your head? Yeah. We hate that too. So on Saturday, we bring in some awesome local talent to perform, including students and professional musicians.

8. You can Avoid Road Rage - You can leave the white knuckles at home for this one! Since it all takes place at the conveniently located Moretown Elementary School, which is about 10-15 minutes from everywhere, there will be far fewer chances to stress out while on your way here. Plus, the school offers plenty of parking so your calm and soothing drive here won’t be ruined by parking lot wars. Click here for directions.

7. You Won’t Get Trampled – Shopping at the Moretown Artisans Sale means you’re shopping with your friends and neighbors, and not likely to trampled by raging crowds. The Moretown Artisans Sale is almost as fun to simply hang out at, as it is to shop at! You’ll get to mingle with tons of your community members here, both as artists, performers and shoppers! (See below for video of the epic Walmart Waffle Iron Riot.)

6. It’s Locally Delicious - Should you get the munchies while you’re here, fear not! We will have great local food both days, and the Moretown PTN will hosting a bake sale to boot! So if your belly starts rumbling, we can help you with that!

5. Holiday Hashtags with Santa - Sunday from 12-2pm, Santa will join us and be ready to hear the kids’ wish lists and sit for photos with the whole family! If you Instagram, follow megsevents and use the hashtags #Santa and #ShopVT and #MoretownArtisansSale

4. You’ll Find Something for Everyone - Sweaters, socks, earrings, mugs, jam, stained glass, gift cards, tea, fudge, scarves, rings, lamps, ornaments, paintings, necklaces, Ukrainian eggs, lip balm, beard balm,  head bands, hats, vases, bath salts, belt buckles, notepads and so much more! There are gifts for the kids, gifts for the parents, gifts for the foodies, gifts for the stylish, gifts for the tea lovers, gifts for the playful. There are even gifts for the beer lovers, the skiers and the yogis if you buy raffle tickets and bid on silent auction items! So no matter who you’re shopping for, you are bound to find something for everyone! Click here for a complete list of our artists.

Eventbrite - Moretown Artisans Sale3. It’s a Win/Win - For the third year in a row, we are excited to host the Hannah’s House Silent Auction and Raffle! SIPtemberfest Tickets, Ski tickets, gift certificates to local restaurant, locally made artwork and much more are all up for grabs! Discounted raffle tickets are available right now online. They will be $2 each during the event. NEW THIS YEAR: Every purchase with our artists over $25 will also get you a free raffle ticket! Click here for more details!

nothing says2. There Are No $3 Waffle Irons Here - Everything available for purchase at the Moretown Artisans Sale is made locally by talented artists. Everything. You won’t find cheaply made products from overseas that will break as soon as you use them. Instead, you will find expertly crafted items that will be cherished for years to come. And you won’t have to fight through a swarm of people losing their pants just to make a purchase! (See below for video of the epic Walmart Waffle Iron Riot.)

1. It’s a great place to support your neighbors and your community - Bottom line when it comes to the holidays – it’s a great time to bring a little cheer to someone’s day. And what better way to do that, than to shop locally. Whether you shop at the Moretown Artisans Sale and support some of the two dozen artists at the show, or whether you shop at locally owned stores throughout the area, remember that the every penny you spend locally this holiday season will go much further to support your community than if you spend it at big box stores!

2014 Artist Line Up Announced!

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Yes, we know, Halloween is barely behind us, but there is a brisk bite to the air and in many places, that’s accompanied by snow on the ground! Winter is coming! And so are all the best holidays!

We are really excited to present our 2014 Artist Line Up for the Moretown Artisans’ Sale! Its full of many of your favorite vendors and lots of news ones too! Click here for a complete list of our Artists or scan through our gallery (there are multiple pages so be sure to check them all out!) Also be sure to check back as we will be posting updates about our food, music and more, including our Hannah’s House Auction and Raffle! So stay tuned!

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

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Doesn’t that look like fun? Practically losing one’s pants in a swarm of manic people aggressively trying to score a $3 waffle iron sounds so much better than sitting comfortably at home with one’s family, enjoying a full belly and a football game. Except, no it doesn’t. For so many reasons…

As the foliage fades and the days shorten, the ‘holiday spirit’ starts rearing its marketing head. In no time we’ll be bombarded with ads and jingles for ‘can’t miss’ holiday shopping sales from all the major stores and brands. There will be an endless barrage of marketing ploys from Box Store Advertising firms who will try to convince us that we should cut short, or even fully forget about spending Thanksgiving Day with our families and instead risk getting trampled so we can score $3 waffle irons!!  (I mean, who doesn’t want a product that gets reviews like this: “I purchased this…, got it home, pulled it out to get it ready to use only to discover it had already been used with dried batter and grease on it.” Or this: “Not much good to say about it. I suppose you can not expect much from something whose instructions tell you to ‘insert waffle’. Not waffle batter, waffle.” Or this: “You get what you pay for. This is garbage.”)

While you’re counting your pennies this season, trying to maximize your gift giving power, keep in mind keeping your money local not only means you are spending money on quality hand-crafted goods made by your neighbors, it means more of your money will come back to your community. When you purchase those $3 waffle irons, over half that money will leaves the community never to be seen again. If you instead spend that $3 locally, over $2 of goes right back into our local economy. That might not seem like a lot at $3, but imagine your spending $300 – it adds up quickly.

So step back and look at the forest for the trees and you’ll see why spending your money locally is one of the best investments you could make. When you shop at the Moretown Artisans Sale, other local shows or any locally-owned store this holiday season, not only are you supporting your neighbors, but you’re supporting your community and your state, rather than lining the pockets of some Big Box Store CEO who doesn’t care about you or your town. And you can have seconds at Thanksgiving dinner.

Have a look at this awesome info-graphic, learn more about Local First here, and be sure to SHOP LOCAL this holiday season!

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