The Most Wonderful Time of Year

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!



154350_481021493966_2596810_nWoo hoo! The Moretown Artisans’ Sale is TODAY! Come down and check out all the amazing artists, live music, local food and more!

  • Hannah’s House Silent Auction & Raffle – help support a great cause and score some incredible things! We are raffling off a pair of 2014 SIPtemberfest VIP Passes and have over 20 great items to bid on. Everything starts Saturday and ends Sunday at 2pm
  • Moretown When it Rains Shirts – The last of these awesome shirts will be for sale this weekend! Sizes are limited to get them before they’re gone!
  • Live Music on Saturday – Lisa Carlson will be playing flute both with her colleagues and her students from 10am-12. Local budding talent, Sadie Bolger will take the stage from 12:30-1:30. Dan Liptak and friends will cap of the day with their musical prowess.
  • SANTA on Sunday – Santa will make a cameo on Sunday from 12-2 so bring the kiddos and your camera!

Check out our webpage for a complete listing of artists and a full schedule.

See you soon!


Once again, the Moretown Artisans Sale will host a raffle and silent auction that will benefit Hannah’s House and their mission to help families of young adults who are, or have been, in emotional crisis find a sustainable path to emotional well being through the exploration of alternative ways of thinking and relating, and to provide tools of prevention for growing families.

Plus our artist have generously donated some incredible artwork so whether you bid on a Silent Auction item or buy a ton of raffle tickets, you’ll not only be supporting a great cause, but you could take home some sweet prizes! Here’s a look at what you could score. Click here for more info about our Artists.

  • Fine Art – Wait until you see the beautiful artwork donated by Amanda Ruth Clemons, Art by Anna, Cat Illustrates, Sam Made and Art by Alix.
  • Jewelry – The items donated by June Mendell, Raegan Hough Metahlsmith and Leatherworker and Manny Beads will make perfect gifts for a lucky lady on your list.
  • Pottery – Just in time for Hot chocolate season, you could win pottery donated by Montalto Pottery, N3 Pottery and more.
  • Sweet Treats – Everyones sweet tooth will be satisfied if you win one of the items donated by Boone’s Fudge or Marsh Hollow.
  • Botanticals – Get herbalicious with the gifts donated by The tiny Tea House, The Ripple Effect, Green Village Soaps and Three Sprig Farm
  • Gifts for Everyone – Dinofrio Handbags, E2 Creations, Mad Women in the Attic. Llama Love, Woodland Knits and more will have gifts for everyone on your list
  • Ultimate Beer-Geek Gift – We are excited to announce that we will have a killer SIPtemberfest 2014 VIP package for two! It will include entry for 2 to the 2014 event, t-shirts and more. This package will also have some extra prizes, but you’ll have to come to the show to see what they are!