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Shoppers may find gifts for Christmas
Pam Gunn, left, and Jan Fordham look through scarves Thursday at the 21st annual Marketplace at the Gainesville Civic Center.

With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, many people are gearing up for the holiday shopping season.

This weekend many consumers may get an early start Nov. 7-9 at the 22nd annual Marketplace at the Gainesville Civic Center.

A preview party is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. today with consumers getting a sneak peek at the goodies from more than 70 merchants from eight states. Organizers will also offer a silent and live auction as well as an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres, including chocolate macaroons, and cash bars provided by Scott’s Downtown.

Preview Party attendees receive a complimentary admission to return anytime during Marketplace hours Friday and Saturday. Preview Party tickets are $45 and can be purchased at

Regular hours for the Marketplace are 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Patrons may also enjoy complimentary valet and shuttle services throughout the event.

Some of the vendors at Marketplace will offer items such as jewelry and accessories, clothing, art, books, antiques, home accessories, gourmet food, garden and holiday items.

Willis Investment Counsel partnered with The Medical Center Auxiliary for the fifth consecutive year as the premier sponsor.

For information or tickets, call 770-219-1830 or visit