The Christmas Shop Foundation celebrated its 96th year this past weekend with another elegant, organized and well attended gift show at Arsht Hall in Wilmington. “The Perfect Gift” featured 36 exhibitors offering an array of food, apparel, accessories and decor items in five spacious rooms.
The two-day gift show attracted many families of three generations, and several young moms brought children in strollers. “This new location is a relief to young moms who like to come with their little ones as well as their own mothers,” said 2016 Christmas Shop Foundation Board Chair Mary Louis (Zig) Shields.
This year The Christmas Shop Foundation welcomed three Brandywine area museums as exhibitors at the show, and they staffed a “Perfect Re-Gift” booth with various treasures donated by members of the event planning committee.
On Saturday the show included a cash bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres in every shopping room.
Organizers ran out of the convenient tote bags that they intended to give each shopper early on Sunday because attendance was strong and up from last year. “I think we had 1,000 shoppers over the weekend,” remarked 2016 Perfect Gift co-chair Vicky Winton. “We were very happy with the turnout, and our vendors seemed really pleased.”
It’s almost s shame to tell our readers about the attractive vendors after the fact. (We hope our readers had a chance to stop by!) But we should mention a few. The Velvet Road of Columbus, OH, offered handmade, embroidered Turkish boots; Cherchies Specialty Foods of Malvern, PA, had three piping hot soups ready for tastings; Scamps Toffee & Sweets of Ligonier, PA, had to-die-for milk chocolate and dark chocolate toffee; and Sara Campbell of Boston, MA, offered made-in-the-USA sportswear and other chic apparel for men, women, boys and girls.
One of the big attention grabbers was Nicol Floral Design with botanical installations, stunning floral plants, and a huge red wall of roses that served as a backdrop for Instragramers and Facebookers.
Twenty percent of all sales and all profits from the show will be allocated to the many not-for-profit organizations that apply for grants each year. This is the time that the “Allocations Committee” will be busy making site visits to non-profits to interview staff and better evaluate requests. Then its back to planning the show for next year!