Wilder Mansion Holiday Market Nov 3 & 4

This coming weekend I return to Elmhurst for the 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market. This lovely gift show takes place Friday, November 3 from 4 to 9 pm and Saturday, November 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.


A lot of the vendors look familiar, so get your shopping list ready for unique holiday gifts including ornaments, coasters, table linens, pillows, jewelry, pottery, scarves, hats, mittens, kid’s clothing, European photography, painting, holiday stationary, candles, soaps, Irish capes, and gourmet food holiday gifts.
 Doti Liquors will offer wine by the glass on Friday evening. There will also be a raffle.
Of course I will have my full line of holiday ornaments with me, along with my jewelry and possibly a few plant stakes.

The vendors for the 2017 Holiday Market include: Alouette Jewelry, TOK GRAPHICS, Susan Nester Glass, Lucy Blue Knits, The Goodfrog Candle Company, Acton Creative, Carla Bank Art, Jewels Botanica, Maike’s Marvels, Cork Art by Donna Zommer, made by Q, Redefined Map Design, CL Creates, Sue Rosengard Design, Denise  Riesen Photography, Brewpoint Coffee, Edward Jones Investments, Drury Lane Theatre, Smashing Jewels,
DogGone Good Martingale Collars, Jewelsies, O’Meara’s Irish House, Urban Art Chicago, Grayling Ceramics,
Laughing Frog Studio, Art Girl Pottery, Untamed Roots, 4 Girls Jewelry, Lo in London, Capistran, Lisa Williams Jewelry, Scarred for Life, Desmond Brown Design, Paper art by Don Widmer, East Grove Stamp Co, Pura Vida Home, Lucky Skype Graphics, Eclectic Redesigns, Mia’s Wish Inc., The Buttons Stop Here, Jewelry by Venus, Paka Monk, James McCarthur Cole Photography, Kilwins, The Kringle Company, The High Hopes for Pets Company, Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Barcacaochocolat, Spice Merchants of Downers Grove, bettyplum Handmade Confections, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jewelry by Liam Hughes, Marigold Mary, Black Angel Designs, Weener Ware, Brim and Dash, Elegant Facets, Mixed-Media by Terri Gregory, Marie Miklaszewski, From Shirt 2/A Little Book, Bees Knees Paper Goods.

Wilder Mansion is located at 175 S. Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Admission is free. Presented by Brewpoint Coffee, the holiday market is sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District and Produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc. For further information visit rglmarketingforthearts.com

Fun at the Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

The Wilder Mansion Holiday Market was a lovely event. The drive to Elmhurst was bright with scenic Fall colors.

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The Mansion is impressive.

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I can only imagine what it must have been like to live there in the stately rooms with beautiful crown molding, fancy chandeliers and gran fireplaces.

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Unloading was in full swing when I arrived, but I was the first in my room on the first floor.

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I unloaded my car and then drove to the designated parking area at Elmhurst College.

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The short walk was lovely.

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Soon my wares were all set up, and I was able to take a peek at the other rooms, which weren’t fully set up yet.

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Everyone’s art work is so inspiring, and I wish I could have shopped a little.

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I bumped into a vendor from the Ravenswood ArtWalk and one I had recently met at a Ravenswood Women in Business Chamber event.

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There was jewelry made from broken china-both antique and more current.

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Across the room a real loom was being used for more lovely bags.

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We were provided some sustenance shortly before the doors opened, which made me feel well cared for.

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Soon the doors were opened, and streams of people started walking in.

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My first sale was to a friend, but that garnered more sales as the evening went along, which made me very happy.

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I celebrated with some prosecco.

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Before we knew it it was time to cover up our tables and leave the building for the night.

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I splurged on a hotel room nearby to save me the stress of driving late at night and early in the morning.

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I was thinking I would have a cocktail and snack at the bar, but the ‘bar’ was a vending machine.

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So I settled for beer and popcorn and made myself at home upstairs.

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My sore feet recovered sightly during a bath, and I read a little before sleeping fitfully in a strange bed-next to a freeway.

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The next morning some sad news made it hard to prepare, but I put on my bright yellow dress and shifted into vending mode.

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To start we were provided a lovely spread of breakfast foods and coffee.

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Then we all uncovered our tables.

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I uncovered my table and once again the minute the doors opened we had a steady stream of attendees.

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Within the first hour I sold 4 ornaments, and more sales kept coming.

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To cover fair expenses and make some extra money was a very validating experience.

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I did a little shopping with my neighbors.

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Traffic continued to be steady during the afternoon.

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I think most people did well.

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Then the doors were closed and we started tearing down our booths.

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I still love my handy bag, and it was surreal to only fill my ornament box halfway.

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The weekend sales filled me with contentment, and I am grateful more pieces have found new owners throughout the month.

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My next pop-up will be on Small Business Saturday on Damen Avenue.

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I’m heading to the studio to replenish my ornaments for that event.

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Elmhurst Holiday Market this weekend

On Friday I’m taking an excursion to Elmhurst for the 5th Annual Holiday Market at the Wilder Mansion.  Presented by Edward Jones Investments, the holiday market includes 60 artisans who have created one of a kind art and seasonal gifts including jewelry, ceramics, glass, scarves, hats, mittens, fashion knits, kid’s clothing,  handbags, photography, painting,  paper items, bow ties, candles, soaps, Irish capes, and gourmet food holiday gifts.

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The fun begins Friday, November 6 from 4 to 9 pm and we continue Saturday, November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. On Friday evening Café Amano will offer wine by the glass for sale. You can also enter a raffle and receive retail coupons. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District and produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc., this event has no admission fee.

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The Wilder Mansion and Wilder Park was acquired by the Park District in 1921. Seth Wadhams built a home called “White Birch” in 1868 on the site. It became home to the prominent King and Wilder families until 1921.

The mansion housed Elmhurst Library in 1922. In 1936 the exterior of the building was changed with new pillars and a south wing. The library moved out in the mid 1990s, making the Wilder Mansion a historical landmark that provides an ADA compliant multi-use space for the Park District and community.

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Vendors include: Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Brewpoint Coffee, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Drury Lane Theatre, Edward Jones Investments, Grown Up Kid Stuff, High Hopes, Kilwins, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O’Meara’s Irish House, Ten Friends, Toffee Traditions and Whole Foods.

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You will see a wide variety of art forms in the various rooms, including candles by Loralee Ivkovic; and ceramics by: Linda Wagner, Yoshiko Kozawa, Jennifer Meeker, and Amy B. Millspaugh; Fiber arts by Susie Cassel, Wendy Partain, Chris Acton, Peter Gaona, Char terBeest Kudla, Debra Vaccaro, Kelly Desmond, Barbara Keisman, Elizabeth Garver, Kathleen Gaffey, and Sally Papedis.

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Nancy Morris and Kimberly Polka will offer their glass creations and Jaimie Cahill will offer metal arts. Jewelers include: Jamie McClellen, Carolyn Chou, Tetyana Fedorko, Daniel Schemel, Julie Matos, Lisa Williams, Karen Gill, Seth Carlson, Charlotte Muzik, Danielle A. Stotts, Claudia Crawford, Liam Hughes, Laura McDonald, Gayle Weiss, Susan Nester. Gail and Dale Horn as well as Denise Riesen will showcase their photography.

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In the mixed media category, you will find: Isabelle Belles, Kate Wharton, Joelle McNamara, Maria Jucius, Stephanie Raab, Kathryn Alcock, Donna Zommer, and Megan Manske. Paper arts are represented by Taryn Palumbo, Chhaya Shrader, and Janet Spiech, with Retta Hentschel showcasing her stained glass creations.

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I love the sneak peeks on Facebook and look forward to perusing the market and hopefully shopping a little bit myself.