Thursday, October 19, 2017

To me, it's never too early to start shopping for the Holiday Season! Christmas is my favorite time of year for decorations, and even though I have 3-4 containers worth of Christmas decorations, I find myself buying new decorations every year! This is one of the reasons I was super excited to attend preview night of St. Martin's Episcopal Church Joy of Giving Market. I was invited to attend and chat with the founders of Tribe & Glory (post coming soon) and enjoy the rest of the market. I thought this was the first year for the event, but I was shocked to discover that 2017 marks the 27th year for the market! WHOA! How have I lived in Houston for almost 8 years and I'm just now hearing about this market? So sad, but I'm glad I know about it now!  

The Joy of Giving Market is held the 3rd week of October every year. Planning for the market begins in April.  Tons of vendors apply to participate in the market, and the merchants' committee goes through the applications and decide who will be able to vend. They try to have a diverse mixture of venders. This year they have over 90 vendors participating. The event is held at the church located in the Galleria area of Houston at 717 Sage Road.  The only downfall to the market is the hours. There's only one night, preview night that has evening hours and it's $15 to attend. The remaining 2 days of the market are free, but they are during business hours. Since I work during that time, I'm unable to go back to the market,but preview night was still a lot of fun.

First of all, this was my first time visiting the church and it's stunning!!! The architecture is amazing, and the layout reminded me of a college campus or a monistery.  There were rooms and corridors everywhere! I'm pretty sure one could get lost in that church if there weren't signs. The church had a fitness center, nursery, daycare, education center, etc.. They also had a gymnasium that was transformed into one of the rooms for the market. After I was done interviewing the lovely ladies at Tribe & Glory, I started roaming the rest of the market. There were sooooo many vendors and just kept going. There's even a tasting room. Speaking of which, what would a market be without food and beverages? There are yummy goodies placed throughout the market. I may have had way too many mini-cupcakes, but they were so festive! Anyhoo, check out some of my pictures from the market below and if you can swing by today for the last day you should! The hours today are 10 am to 3 pm!  

Such a stunning church!!

Silent Auction Items


There were decorations for Thanksgiving and Halloween for sale as well!
I liked the design of this backpack!
I love this Mother/Daughter dress duo! The blue branches are stunning in person. This picture doesn't do it justice.  And for the vintage collector, I found some vintage linens for sale!

So cool how this artist was able to manipulate aluminum to look like a weaving material.

How cool is this pewter silver cowboy hat? Perfect for Texas!

This is the Joy of Giving Market's first year for the Art Mart!

Photo from Joy of Giving Website
Please see the below links for more information on the Joy of Giving Market

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