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Knock out Christmas shopping, do some good at Marketplace
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Caite Cook, a Gainesville High School musical theater student, packs a car after singing Christmas carols during the Marketplace Preview Party at the Gainesville Civic Center in Gainesville, on Nov. 2, 2017. Shoppers and vendors are flocking to Gainesville for the 26th annual Marketplace. - photo by David Barnes

This week, you can lock in the rest of your Christmas shopping — and do some good at the same time — at Marketplace.

Now in its 28th year, the bazaar featuring more than 80 vendors selling handmade and curated items is set to open to the public Friday, Nov. 8, and run through Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center.

Marketplace

What: An annual Christmas bazaar

When: Preview party, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. General admission, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville

More info: www.nghs.com/marketplace
How much: Preview tickets $50, general admission $5

The proceeds from the event benefit Safe Kids Northeast Georgia, the regional branch of an international group working to prevent accidental injuries and deaths of children.

Safe Kids tracks accident rates through emergency rooms and other emergency services from around the country. Locally, the nonprofit relies on Northeast Georgia Medical Center for data. The Northeast Georgia Health System is also a prime sponsor of Marketplace.

In Northeast Georgia, Safe Kids focuses on preventing accidents in vehicles, in sport vehicles and around the home, water and around fire.

And beginning Friday, area residents can help Safe Kids by knocking out some Christmas shopping at Marketplace. According to NGHS, vendors at the event are selling:

  • Home interiors & vintage items

  • Ladies clothing

  • Gourmet food items

  • Jewelry & accessories

  • Unique children's clothing

  • Men's custom clothing

  • Holiday items

  • Garden items

  • Organic skin care

  • English & French country antiques

  • Handcrafted lighting

Entry to the bazaar costs $5.

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