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Weekend Fun: The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market

Happy Sunday lovelies! I hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend as we’ve had here in Tampa. The sun is shining away, yet the air is cool and crisp. If only this beautiful fall weather was slated to last…but, alas, we are due for 80 plus degree temps again next week. Le sigh. Oh well. I will  just have to relish it while we have it!

Meg told you all about her weekend plans yesterday and now it’s my turn! In addition to enjoying this amazing weather, I did some holiday shopping . It’s very uncharacteristic of me to start my shopping so early. I’m your classic Christmas procrastinator…but when Lauren Reilly of the Junior League of Tampa invited me to their annual Holiday Gift Market, she provided me with the perfect opportunity to mend my ways and actually get an early jump on my shopping.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Junior League, but in case you aren’t, it’s a service focused organization of women devoted to volunteerism and the betterment of their community. The Holiday Gift Market event that I attended was not only filled with well over a hundred fabulous vendors, but 100% of the proceeds are going to the League’s various causes which include foster care and literacy. Shopping with a purpose always puts a smile on my face!

When we arrived at the event, we were greeted with a beautifully decorated winter wonderland. You could just feel the holiday cheer permeating the air! The first booth that I stopped at, Laura Lively, turned out to be one of my favorites. Laura Lively is a jewelry distributor that sells gorgeous imported baubles. I found more than a few pretties that would make a lovely Christmas gift for yours truly. Santa…are you paying attention? Here are the lovely proprietresses modeling some of my favorite pieces!

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In addition to my jewelry finds, I was elated to find the booth of one my favorite local children’s boutique’s, Seedlings. The dude instantly fell in love with this little guy. The Rody is a ride on toy that le toddler had a blast hopping around on. Guess what Santa just had to buy???


As I’m sure you can tell, I had a wonderful time and you can bet that I’ll be heading to the League’s Holiday Gift Market again next year! If you’re local, you still have a chance to check it out for yourself. The doors are open until 5:00 PM today!

  • Maria@PersonalizedSketches

    This sounds like a great event and thanks for sharing their sites.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings & Aloha!

    November 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Channon

    Cute finds! Our holiday market is next weekend. Can’t wait. It’s killing me a bit though… this is the first year in several that the committee that puts on the event hasn’t reported to me, so I’ll be as surprised as everyone else at the new vendors and such.

    November 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    Looks and sounds like a great event!
    Thanks so much for the links.

    Big hugs!
    B xx

    November 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I actually went to the Knoxville Junior League’s holiday shopping event yesterday! I’m getting ready to blog about it. It was just wonderful! It seems you had as much fun as I did!

    November 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Anna

    I like the last photo! 😀 xx

    November 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    sounds like a great day! Lovely the blue necklace!

    November 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm Reply
  • Grace

    The Junior League that my mom’s involved with has one of these, too. They’re a ton of fun!

    November 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Sounds fun! I had a pink rody when I was little and loved it, they come in a bunch of different sizes and colors. And those are beautiful statement necklaces!

    November 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm Reply
  • Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    The event sounds like a fun thign to attend indeed! Even more so since it’s both useful and purposeful too – I can see why you wouldn’t want to miss it! Love your jewelry picks too – such pretties!

    November 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Clare

    I am so jealous are are part of the Junior League! You are so awesome. And what an amazing event they put on! I love the pieces your featured

    November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • Emily

    The Rody is adorable! I wish I had one as a toddler!

    November 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm Reply
  • Melanie's Randomness

    I can’t wait to start going to the Holiday Fairs!! They are always soo much fun!! =)

    November 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • krystal/village

    that sounds like it was so fun!

    November 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Meghan

    Those necklaces are just stunning! What a wonderful event!

    November 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Brown Girl

    That sounds like a great weekend, how fun! I’ve always been curious about junior league…sounds great!

    November 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Marchmusings

    Ha ha I can just imagine how much fun your son would’ve had on that.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm Reply
  • Josie

    This sounds like a blast! Love the jewelry.
    xo Josie

    November 8, 2010 at 12:21 am Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    ohhhh we have holiday mart by junior league in KC but i was out of town for it this year! i had no idea they had other ones all over the country, that’s soo cool! i def hope to hit up next time!!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:51 am Reply
  • Sherin

    Firstly: really jealous about the weather, lol. London has been freezing and constantly wet!!!

    The gift market sounds like a great idea and a lot of fun. Love those necklaces.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:21 am Reply
  • adele

    holiday gift markets are a genius idea!! why isn’t there anything like that here ): so convenient and not to mention FUN (: xo

    November 8, 2010 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Maddy

    This post is both exciting and depressing at the same time! How could it be the holidays already! *sigh*

    November 8, 2010 at 7:47 am Reply
  • Scientific Housewife

    I’m surprised I didn’t bump into you! Wasn’t it great this year? I’m so glad I went and got some Christmas goodies for the family 🙂

    November 8, 2010 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Andi

    Oh la la, pretty!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Jude

    Those necklaces are so amazing! And I love that little red dude too, super cute 🙂

    November 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Traci B

    The Junior League here in Baton Rouge has the same type thing. It’s called Hollydays. Sadly, I didnt make it this year.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Carole

    I LOVE JL boutiques. They are always fun and filled w/ wonderful vendors.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:13 am Reply

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