Patriot Marketplace scheduled in time for Christmas shopping

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Several gift baskets will be part of a silent auction on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Marketplace at PLAS. Proceeds will benefit the school.

From ornaments to gift baskets and children’s clothing to woodcrafts, the Pike Liberal Arts School’s Patriot Marketplace will have something for just about everyone on your Christmas list.

“We’ve got 31 vendors, as of now,” said Becky Baggett, assistant headmaster at PLAS. “It’s really grown this year and we are getting calls daily from people wanting to be a part of it.”

The Marketplace will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Baggett said there will be vendors with purses, wallets, birdhouses, door decorations, botanical art, cookbooks, Christmas decorations, stadium blankets, smocked and appliquéd children’s clothing, art pieces, woodcrafts and more.

And the vendors represent almost all parts of Alabama.

“We’ve got people coming from Brantley, Louisville, Wetumpka, Ozark, Union Springs, Banks, Calera and everywhere in between,” Baggett said.

Items for sale will be priced $3 and up and it doesn’t cost anything for vendors to set up and sell their wares. Instead, PLAS asks for a donation of 10 percent of proceeds from vendors.

There will also be a silent auction of gift baskets loaded with items such as art supplies, Barbies and sports team gear.

All proceeds from the Patriot Marketplace will go to PLAS.