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Holiday Shoppers Fair is a Richmond Shopping Tradition


OrnamentThe Virginia Historical Society is hosting the 16th annual Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers Fair. If you haven’t been to Shoppers Fair before, it is a Richmond shopping tradition. Shoppers Fair is an opportunity to see what 15 different museums carry in their store all under one roof. Visitors can start (or finish) their holiday shopping and find hundreds of unique gifts for everyone on their list. All proceeds support the local nonprofit organizations participating in the event.

The best part is that Shoppers Fair is free! It will not cost a cent to browse and see what new goodies the area museum shops have to offer this holiday season.

Shoppers Fair takes place from 9:30 am to 5 pm on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6 at the Virginia Historical Society. The special members-only shopping preview is Thursday, November 4, from 5 pm to 9 pm. All museums extend a 10% discount to shoppers who are members of one of the participating organizations on this evening. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The following museum stores will be offering books, ornaments, jewelry, textiles, food, giftware, candles, and much more:
Agecroft Hall
Chesterfield Historical Society
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Library of Virginia
Old Dominion Railway Museum
Poe Museum
Preservation Virginia
Science Museum of Virginia
St. John’s Church
Valentine Richmond History Center
Virginia Center for Architecture
Virginia Historical Society
Virginia Holocaust Museum
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Shoppers Fair merchandiseVirginia Historical Society staff offer their suggestions for great holiday items featured in the VHS museum shop. Here are some of their favorite picks:

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the estate jewelry. There are many interesting pieces, and they all have a sense of history.”
Dana Fariss, Development Research Analyst and Volunteer Coordinator

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the Civil War chess set. I have always wanted to get it for my father. It is a unique gift for anyone who likes Civil War history.”
Elaine Hagy, Library Clerk

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the 2010 ornament, which features a cardinal on a dogwood. It is very Virginia. The VHS has been doing a signature ornament for more than ten years. I have them all on my Christmas tree every year.”
Kelly Winters, Donor Services Director

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the sheet music stationary based on items in the VHS collection. I often use the note cards to write personal notes to researchers.”
Frances Pollard, Chief Librarian

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the Virginia wine. It makes a wonderful hostess gift for holiday parties that I attend.”
Cynthia Moore, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

“My favorite items in the VHS shop are the vintage books. My home library is full of treasures I found for a good price.”
Doug Foss, Assistant Security Supervisor

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the Secretariat’s Meadow book. It is an interesting book about a great Virginia story, and the success story is inspiring.”
Doris Delk, Retail Operations Director

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the Robert E. Lee portrait print. Having worked with the Mary Custis Lee collection at the VHS for several years, I have a special affinity for General Lee.”
Paige Newman, Assistant Archivist

“My favorite items in the VHS shop are the Virginia-themed children’s books and toys. I think these items offer parents and grandparents a educational way to talk to kids about special places in Virginia and about Virginia history.”
Meg Eastman, Digital Collections Manager

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the “Well behaved women seldom make history” coffee mug. It speaks the truth about a couple of my sisters and I have given the mug to each of them as a gift over the years.”
Pat Greene, Sales Associate

“My favorite items in the VHS shop are the early American history books. I don’t remember being taught much about the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in school, so these books offer me a great way to learn about those periods of the past. My favorite book that I read recently was A Perfect Union by Catherine Allgor. It tells the interesting life story of Dolley Madison.”
Stephanie Fillman, Cataloging Library Assistant

“My favorite item in the VHS shop is the “Virginia Rocks” rockabilly music CD. It is a double disk set featuring more than sixty songs by rockabilly artists from Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s. The CD even comes with a booklet about the history of the music. It is great dance music and is the perfect gift for the music lover on your holiday shopping list.”
Jennifer Guild, Media Relations Specialist

You will find all of these items suggested by staff, and much more, at the Holiday Shoppers Fair. Come browse hundreds of unique gifts all in one place to make your holiday shopping easy. By purchasing items from local museum shops, visitors are supporting nonprofit organizations in the community. Find out more about the 2010 Shoppers Fair, including dates and times for book signings, on the VHS web site.

And while you are at the Virginia Historical Society for Shoppers Fair, we invite you to stay and visit the museum. Admission is free.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 11/21/2010 7:34 am

    Congratulations!!!! I like.


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