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Junior League changes fundraiser

Members of the women's group will be hosting a holiday gift market in place of their traditional thrift sale.

By AMY SCHERZER
Published October 22, 2004

This year, instead of sorting through shirts, shoes, toys and toasters, members of the Junior League of Tampa are making their shopping lists.

They plan to buy all the presents they need at the Junior League's new fundraiser, the Holiday Gift Market Stroll through the Seasons, today through Sunday at Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 3.

And they urge the public to do the same.

The market replaces the Junior League's annual Trinkets and Treasures Thrift Sale. More than 100 merchants will sell gourmet foods, housewares, art, jewelry, clothing and toys, with a percentage of sales benefitting the group's projects.

Everyday Feasts, Volume II of the Junior League of Tampa Culinary Collection, will go on sale for the first time.

Local stores and vendors, including Magnolia, Pink Palm, Toffee to Go and fashion designer Linda Quisenberry, will have booths. About two-thirds of the merchants come from outside Tampa. Items will be new, not used.

A 40-year tradition, the thrift sales raised a total of $2-million for local children and families. Bargain hunters knew to be in line the night before to grab the best deals when the doors opened. The problem wasthat organizers had to be there too. They say the effort took too much time and money.

At the holiday market, besides shopping, visitors can explore a pumpkin patch, talk to Santa from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday and watch cooking demonstrations of recipes from the Junior League's newest cookbook.

On Saturday, local television personalities will work for tips in the Season's Eatings Cafe while serving food from Splitsville, Tinatapas and Stumps Supper Club. The tips will help fund the league's many community projects, such as the Children's Literacy Project, the Children's Cancer Center and the Love Bundles Project.

- Amy Scherzer can be reached at 226-3332 or scherzer@sptimes.com

The Junior League of Tampa's Holiday Gift Market Stroll through the Seasons runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tampa Port Authority Cruise Terminal 3. Admission is $5. For information, call 254-1734.

[Last modified October 21, 2004, 13:22:09]

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