Carmel Clay Public Library’s Green Gift Shop still growing


Trish Chanen of Mimi’s Mittens participates as a vendor at the Green Gift Shop. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel Green Initiative and the Carmel Clay Public Library will host the fourth annual Green Gift Shop and Holiday Showcase from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the library. Local businesses will showcase organic, natural, recycled and repurposed items.

“We’ve got 31 vendors, which is about six more than last year,” said Madelyn Zalon, Carmel Green Initiative board member. “We’re getting really crowded. We’re excited about the vendors we have. Everything was unique last year. Now, we just have more.”

Vendors will sell jewelry, chocolate, organic soaps, essential oils, lip balms, coats, handbags, mittens, toys and art.

“We have a vendor called Kaps for Kids, and they make flowers and mosaics out of bottle caps. They’re really cute,” Zalon said. “We have someone who makes home items out of recycled pieces, some of them from old bicycle parts.”

The library also will showcase how guests can use their resources for holiday gifts.

“From the library’s standpoint we wanted to showcase what we have to offer for the holidays,” said Beth Jenneman, CCPL communications manager. “We have books, movies (and more) and ways you can do the holidays on a budget by using library resources.”

New this year is a complimentary do-it-yourself wrapping station stocked with recycled paper.

“If you buy some gifts you can wrap them right there,” Jenneman said.

There also will be crafts for kids, a pianist playing holiday songs and refreshments.

Last year, more than 450 people attended.

“It’s really taken off  each year,” Jenneman said.

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