Mistletoe Marketplace is in full swing and that means the holiday season is here.
Shopper Julie Crump says, "oh it's here what is Thanksgiving in two and a half weeks, three weeks, yeah it's here."
Arms are filled with bags as shopper's take advantage of the annual shopping extravaganza at the Mississippi Trade Mart.
"I haven't started my Christmas shopping, usually I've started by now and this is just a great place to get a big head start," says Edie Simmons.
Teresa Monaghan and her daughter Kelly have made Mistletoe Marketplace an annual tradition. They were waiting to pay for some clothes in a long line shortly after they arrived. Monaghan says, "well we just got here, so I got a top and I got her a dress."
At Mistletoe Marketplace you can buy unique items from more than 150 vendors from all across the country. Simmons says, "I've seen a booth from California one from Maryland."
Dave Anderson, a jeweler from Santa Barbara, California is selling bracelets that resemble African elephant hair. Anderson says, "It's our first year in Jackson and we like what we see."
While shopping is certainly what you do at Mistletoe Marketplace, shoppers aren't the only ones who benefit. All proceeds from the event go to a much larger cause.
"The money that's raised at Mistletoe Marketplace 100% is put back into the Junior League of Jackson," says Bethany Johnson, the Promotions Chair for the event.
In the past four years the Junior League of Jackson has raised more than one million dollars from Mistletoe Marketplace for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Mississippi Children's Museum.
Crump says that helping out the Junior League "it gets you right here, it's just one of those things you do because it's the right thing to do."
You can attend Mistletoe Marketplace through Saturday at the Mississippi Trade Mart. The doors are open from 11am-9pm on Thursday and Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. The cost is $10 dollars for adults and $20 for a three day pass. Children aged six to twelve and seniors over sixty can get in for five dollars.
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