Getting to go shopping is always a treat but to do it locally and for a good cause is icing on the cake. Join the Professional Women of Pickens County this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for their annual “Holiday Shopping in the Mountains” expo that will feature scores of artisans, retailers, craftsmen and vendors all in one place at Chattahoochee Tech.
From handmade scarves, crocheted items, candles, South American jewelry, and holiday wreaths and ornaments plus book vendors on hand to tout their wares, the expo will feature a plethora of items for all tastes. Proceeds will support scholarships for the chamber’s Youth Leadership Pickens graduates. Last year the PWPC group contributed to five scholarships.
“Most of the vendors are local artists and craftsman and businesses,” said PWPC member Beth Coberly. “I can hardly contain myself I’m so excited about this event. It’s going to be big. It just gets better and better every day. We have a waiting list for vendors right now.”
Coberly said the expo will feature metal fabrications, seasonings and salts, pies and gourmet foods and a food court in the lobby.
“We’re going to have Waffle House doing sandwiches and we’ll be doing wraps, coffee and tea and Bojangles will be there doing chicken sandwiches and Little Mama’s is doing doughnuts.”
In addition to all the works inside, outside vendors like Talking Rock Pottery will be doing wheel demonstrations while Fulute’s Forge Blacksmith will have a working forge.
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary is participating in the Holiday Marketplace & EXPO with a Used Book Sale. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the hospital and community.
“This event originally started out as a business women’s expo for business women to network their services, but we’ve expanded it to a larger crowd,” Coberly said. “The whole thing started out as a way to familiarize the community to what all is available to them on a local basis. Shop local. Shop small business.”
Admission is free and Santa Claus will be on hand from 1 – 3 p.m. for photos with children. There is a $500 cash give-a-way, a flat screen TV give-a-way and all vendors will offer door prizes. Live entertainment will be on hand throughout the day.
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