Comin’ in HOT!

BlondieandtheBanjoKidSo usually this time of year there’s a nice white layer of snow that has to be swept off our Moretown Artisans Sale road signs and shoveled from the entrances to the show. Usually I’m wearing wool socks and have to take off my mittens to hang the outside decorations in front of the school. And usually the idea of hot cider being served during the event makes me warm and cozy just thinking about it.

But not this year.

No, this year, the green grass, while frosty perhaps, still seems really out of place underneath our road signs and I haven’t even dug up my winter clothes yet. I still plan to have hot cider during the show, but I’m considering having cold cider too, which would be a first!

But weather aside, it’s that time of year again! The Moretown Artisans Sale is THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, December 12 &  Sunday the 13th. And since we can’t fight the weather, we may as well roll with it. So we present to you the Hottest Reasons to Come to the Moretown Artisans Sale! (Please check out our schedule for complete details on timing.)

Hottest Reasons to Come to the Moretown Artisans Sale!

  • Get All Your Holiday Shopping Done We have over 24 artists with a huge variety of incredible gifts for everyone you can possibly think of! Big gifts and small, things for the kids, the parents, the siblings, the foodies, the outdoorsy types, the beer lovers, the trend setters, and so much more. See our complete artists line up here.
  • Take the best photo with Santa EVER! We will have a FREE PHOTOBOOTH on Saturday from 11am-3pm, complete with fun festive props so you can take get really playful with your photos! Plus Santa will be here from 11:30am-1pm to photobomb the heck out of your images! Talk about ho, ho, HO!
  • Listen to the next up and coming music-talents On Sunday we will have live music from Blondie & the Banjo Kid – a sister-brother act from Warren, you will have to see (and hear) it to believe how good these kids are! DJ Satta Sound will close the show on Sunday so you can end your holiday shopping to a really sweet rhythm.
  • Win/Win Our super popular Raffle and Silent Auction is back! Last year we raised $1000 for Hannah’s House and we are hoping to beat that this year. There will be over 30 incredible items from artwork to ski tickets, gift baskets, gift certificates and even a CASE OF BEER! See our Auction page for more details, including how to buy your raffle tickets for a discounted rate RIGHT NOW and also how to get a FREE raffle ticket!
  • Fill Your Belly Delicious local food will be at your fingertips all weekend. Fiddlehead Cuisine will be serving food on Saturday and Graces Tamales will be with us on Sunday. Plus the Moretown PTN has teamed up with American Flatbread and will have pizza by the slice or the pie both days.
  • Keep it Local We are so lucky to live in this wonderful community! Nothing helps keep our community strong like shopping locally. Did you know that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and only $27 leaves? Compare that to the same $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, where $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves. That means while something might seem cheaper at Walmart, you actually sending twice as much money out of the state by shopping at places like that! For more reasons to shop local, check out this link. Otherwise, SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!

 

 

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

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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Today!

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!

Win/Win!

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!

Thankful 1-2-3

nothing says LOCALEvery year about this time, I start encouraging everyone to shop locally, for all sorts of very good reasons, not the least of which are so simply spelled out by this sign.

But this year, when companies like Walmart and Target announced that they will open on Thanksgiving, my stomach turned. I poetically and actually was sickened by this news. So now more than ever, I urge you all to consider where you spend your money this holiday season! Obviously the Moretown Artisans Sale is a great place to get your holiday shopping done while supporting local businesses. But there are a lots of other events and local shops you can consider this holiday season. Here are my Holiday Shopping 1-2-3 lists to help you navigate this year. Thanks for supporting local businesses!!

Favorite Art Shows:

Favorite Shops for Gifts:

  • Onion River Sports – Montpelier – This is the best locally owned gear shop around. Their staff is knowledgeable and friendly, their stock is big and full of variety and their prices are competitive.
  • The Store – Waitsfield – Got a foodie on your shopping list? This is the place to check out. Everything from cookware to cooking classes, you’ll find the perfect gift for the Kitchen-istas on your list
  • Stowe Street Emporium – Waterbury – Cards, gifts, ornaments, you name it. The Stowe Street Emporium is full of great gifts, big and small for everyone you can think of!

Favorite Grocery Stores:

  • Sunflower Natural Foods – They have an entire floor dedicated to bulk products and they carry Heady Topper. Win/Win!
  • Mehuron’s Market – With a great selection produce, local foods and groceries, you can round out your visit with a stop in the liquor store in the back! One stop shopping!
  • Uncommon Market – Montpelier – Avoid the lines and still get your groceries (and your wine!)

Favorite Places to Drink & Dine:

  • Three Penny Taproom – Montpelier – Pair a beer from their always impressive beer selection with anything on their menu, but in particular, the burgers or the wings. Their soup is nuts too.
  • Prohibition Pig – Waterbury – My absolute favorite place for a cocktail. Or two. But if you have more, be sure to eat something from their delectible menu to stay balanced!
  • The Mad Taco – Waitsfield – Killer Tacos. Killer Beer. Need I say more?

Never Too Early

Playoff Baseball is on. Halloween isn’t for a few weeks. Thanksgiving is well over a month out. But let’s start talking about the Moretown Artisans’ Sale anyway! It’s never too early to start talking about winter and Christmas, right?

We are still in the planning process and will be posting tons more info soon, but here’s what we know so far:

  • The 2013 Moretown Artisans’ Sale will be December 14 & 15 at the Moretown Elementary School! As always it will feature a great selection of gifts made by some seriously talented Vermont Artists as well as live entertainment and food.
  • If you are interested in having a booth, please email megsevents@gmavt.net for more info.  Booths are very limited and they sell out quickly so if you’d like to participate, contact us right away. We can’t promise that you will get it, but the sooner you get in touch with us, the better.
  • If you are a musician interested in performing, please email megsevents@gmavt.net. We will have a variety of live performances, from kids to pros. If you’d like to be a part of our line up, let us know!

Christmas in July?

The holidays are a ways away, but it’s never too early to save the date for the best local holiday shopping sale around!

So mark down the Moretown Artisans’ Sale on your calendars for Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15, 2013 at the Moretown Elementary School. This is ALL the info we have now.

If you are an artist interested in participating at the MAS, please email Meg at megsevents@gmavt.net and we will get you on our mailing list.

Thanks and cheers!