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Shoppers make their way through crowded aisles at the Junior League of Roanoke Valley's Stocked Market in 2012.
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Treats from the Chef Circle, a mobile kitchen that will provide Southern cooking demonstrations and product demonstrations during the inaugural Southern Life Expo.
Friday, October 25, 2013
We haven’t yet reached Halloween, but winter holiday displays and advertisements are already popping up. For those shoppers who don’t like to wait until the last minute, November is a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping.
The Junior League of the Roanoke Valley is celebrating the Stocked Market’s 25th anniversary this year. The popular event features merchants and vendors from all over the country, plus some locals. This year’s market will include 121 vendors, with one coming all the way from California. Stocked Market merchants often provide bargains on popular and rarely discounted products.
In addition to the regular event hours, shoppers can also attend the Preview Coffee on Friday at 8 a.m. Tickets to this VIP portion are $20 and include a catered breakfast, a three-day admission pass to the event and a swag bag valued at more than $90.
Kids will see Santa arrive by helicopter on Saturday at 10 a.m. They can also have their picture taken with him on Friday and Saturday, or enjoy story time with Santa on Saturday only.
When: Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Civic Center
Cost: $8 in advance, $9 at the door (tickets good all weekend)
Contact: jlrv.org or facebook.com/JuniorLeagueRoanokeValley
Southern Life Expo
This is the inaugural Southern Life Expo, which, according to its website, “celebrates everything we love about living in the South.” The event will feature demonstrations and seminars , as well as vendors. The Chef’s Circle mobile kitchen, a fixture on the Salem Farmers Market during summertime, will be on-site providing Southern cooking demonstrations and product demonstrations . A full schedule and vendor list is not yet available, but updates will be found on the event’s Facebook page and website as the Expo gets closer.
Anyone who attends the Friday evening Preview Night will be able to use that ticket to re-enter the expo for the rest of the weekend.
When: Nov. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Salem Civic Center
Cost: $6; children 12 and younger, free
Contact: southernlifeexpo.com or facebook.com/southernlifeexpo
Monster Indoor Holiday Flea Market
If you’re looking to declutter before the holidays or do some thrifty holiday shopping, this is the event for you. This is the fourth year the Roanoke Civic Center has hosted the fall flea market, which has continued to grow in popularity.
There will be 244 booths with 90 to 100 vendors expected. According to June Woodward , executive assistant of the Civic Center, most of the sellers are average folks trying to empty their closets and basements. If you’re interested in selling, there are still a limited number of booths available. In previous years, the flea market has drawn 2,500 to 3,000 shoppers. It’s a great place to find bargains.
Unable to attend this show? The Civic Center hosts another flea market in the spring.
When: Nov. 23, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Center
Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Show
Jewelry lovers will be in awe of the jewelry makers and gold and silversmiths on site during this show, which offers merchandise for a variety of budgets. Some vendors make original jewelry on-site, providing shoppers with truly unique pieces to take home or share with loved ones. There are also vendors who can repair or reconstruct jewelry on-site. Kids will enjoy the fossils and gems on display.
This show stops in Roanoke often, usually in the spring and fall.
When: Nov. 29, 2 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Salem Civic Center
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