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Tallahassee's Market Days Offers One of a Kind Gifts

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

From pottery to produce, blankets to stained glass, Tallahassee's 40th Annual Market Days lured about 17,000 people to the North Florida Fairgrounds over the weekend.

Shoppers paid a six dollar admission fee, then could shop all day, and proceeds go to the Tallahassee Museum.

Executive Director of the Tallahassee Museum Russell Daws says, "Most people recognize that their purchases are going to help support the museum, which is a year around endeavor. Our education programs, our preservation programs all couldn't happen without the support of the community at Market Days."

Organizers say the 300 vendors at Market Days this year generated more than $1 million in sales.

Market Days vendor Kim Moore says, "This show is really fun for us. My mom used to do this show 35 years ago. In fact, this morning I've had three people I know who've had their blankets over 25 years, still using them, and that's not unusual."

Organizers here say all of the arts and crafts at this market are all hand made, and they also say shoppers come here to find those unique, one of a kind items like this fake fur puppet.

Market Days shopper Christine Reker says, "You will find things here that you will not see anywhere else, and everything is made beautifully. The vendors are wonderful and you get one-of-a-kind gifts."

It is why this market is always set on the first weekend in December.

Organizers of Market Days say attendance was way up this year, making it a record breaking year for them.


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