The Big Give — a program which partners the dealers’ mall, its shoppers and the community’s non-profit organizations in a year-round spirit of Christmas — begins Friday and continues throughout the holiday season.
Woodstock Market customers and visitors may bring a new toy or non-perishable food item to support local charitable organizations to the store.
Papa’s Pantry will partner with Woodstock Market for the launch of The Big Give program, as the Market hosts its Christmas in Candy Land Kick Off on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a requested “admission” of a new toy or non-perishable food item. As a special treat, Santa will mingle with customers during the Friday night preview event.
Special promotions and activities will take place throughout the weekend, as dealers offer discounts, demonstrations, displays, designer Christmas trees and wreaths and raffles.
Holiday surprises will include the 12 Days of Crafters, time with Santa and more.
“We want to make the foundation of this season all about giving back,” Woodstock Market co-owner Karen Bennett said. Lisa Welty also is co-owner of the market.
Offering a program where shoppers and dealers are able to support non-profit organizations all year long, simply by shopping and doing business, expands the nostalgic, small-town experience for everyone, she said.
“(The Big Give) is a chance to remember what the Christmas season is all about,” Bennett said. “Our entire focus is giving back 12 months of the year... and this will truly make a difference in the lives of others.”
Setting lofty goals and exceeding expectations is nothing new to Woodstock Market, Bennett said.
The owner said she had hoped to have 30 dealers by the end of the first year in business. Instead, Woodstock Market was at full capacity with merchants, pickers and designers.
Woodstock Market merchants anticipate more than 40,000 visitors and guests throughout the 2013 holiday season, which will help ensure The Big Give’s success, she said.
Bennett said the Market has always been about making people feel welcome, a part of the culture of giving, while they relax and enjoy a local shopping experience.
“This is not about the size of their receipt,” she said. “We want them to find ways to give back, even more than we want them to complete their Christmas list. So if they never spend a dime with us, but choose to become someone’s Santa, that is our heart motive in this launch of WM’s The Big Give campaign.”
On Saturday and Sunday, everything in the store will be discounted 20 percent, and customers can pay $5 for the first opportunity to shop at 9 a.m. – a full hour of shopping before the Market’s 10 a.m. opening time.
All $5 donations will be used to purchase toys to stock the Cobb DFACS Toy Closet with Christmas gifts for the holiday season and birthday presents throughout the year.
Santa returns on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. for photos. Choirs, live music, hot chocolate and The Big Reveal Window are just some of the activities and surprises in store for shoppers and guests that day.
Woodstock Market features consignment, antiques, vintage and crafts in a “Mall-ternative” spirit of giving back.
For more information, visit www.woodstockmarket.com.