Living Economically: Shop Shelburne

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By Laurie Caswell Burke

The holidays have arrived.

We are blessed to live in a vibrant, charming town that is sprinkled with good food, specialty businesses, unique boutiques, and three well-known nonprofits: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, and the Shelburne Craft School. Everyone has heard of Black Friday; now we also have Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday,

This festive time of year finds us shopping more than usual. Imagine if we all made an effort to keep some of our shopping dollars in our own community by taking advantage of all it offers. We can’t find everything locally, but there certainly are more options than one might think. Between the Village Center and the north and south corridors, there are an array of treasures for everyone on your list.

Over the years, I have made an effort to embrace the various shopping options closer to home. I share a few of them with you.

Attend a holiday craft fair. There are three scheduled in the area after Thanksgiving.

Shelburne Community School PTO Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 am-1 pm

Lake Champlain Waldorf Holiday Fair
Friday, Dec. 6 (adults and older teens), 6:30-9 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am-3 pm

Shelburne United Methodist Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 am-2 pm

Purchase a gift card at one of the local restaurants, service business, coffee shops, vineyards, and breweries. Visit a local nonprofit retail store, such as Shelburne Museum Store or Shelburne Farms Welcome Center, or make a purchase at a nearby boutique. Or consider a donation to a favorite nonprofit in honor of a loved one. Visit SCHIP’s Treasure, our local resale shop offering gently-used and new items. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

This is just a sampling of the many options in town. We don’t always have to venture far for that perfect gift. Shop Shelburne.

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