Oct 24th, 2009

Gurglepots, Buddha Boards and More

By Beth Monroe, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Leaf Ornament for websiteThis year Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting the Museum Stores of Richmond’s Holiday Shoppers Fair (Friday, Nov. 6 & Saturday, Nov. 7). Fifteen Richmond-area museum stores in one place for two days!

Talk about interesting gift ideas. When I glanced through the list of participating museums and what they’d be selling, I saw items such as gurglepots, Buddha boards,  roboticHexBugs and Edgar Allan Poe action figures. I don’t know exactly what some of these are, but I am curious to find out! In addition, there’s always great selection of interesting and well-crafted items: home decor, jewelry, holiday items, prints, books, garden accessories and more.

Why do I love Holiday Shoppers Fair? I can always find something for the “hard-to-buy-for” people on my list (i.e. — my husband. ) I’m also always on the lookout for cool presents for the kids. They’ve enjoyed the toys, books and stocking stuffers so much from previous Holiday Shoppers Fairs that they didn’t even realize the gifts were (shhhh!) educational.

Holiday Shoppers Fair is also a big deal for the museums. Shop revenue is a major source of income for the museums and all of the proceeds from Holiday Shoppers Fair goes directly to the participants. It’s the original “Shop for a Cause.”

(Secretly, I have another reason for wanting to go to Holiday Shoppers Fair. On Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen will be there signing her book. For anyone of a certain age who grew up in the Richmond area, a visit to Santa and the Snow Queen was a favorite holiday tradition. I wonder if she’ll recognize me?)

See a list of the Richmond-area museums participating in Holiday Shoppers Fair and some of the items they’ll be selling.

About Beth Monroe

Beth Monroe is public relations and marketing director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She feels honored to be part of a team connecting people and plants to improve our community.

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