Out with the pumpkins, in with the trees 

November brings the annual round of holiday shopping events.

click to enlarge JEWELRY FOR A CAUSE

No need to crash from your Halloween sugar high this year — just head right on back out and keep it going with the gingerbread and apple cider you're bound to come across at a local retailer or two if you're out shopping this weekend.

It's now officially holiday open house season, so eat a light lunch, keep your eye out for the cookie plate, and maybe stray from your usual beaten path: Oliver's Antiques (1101 Burman, Jacksonville) is adding door prizes to the usual refreshments at its open house, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3.

Other tidbits:

•Tonight is the monthly Shop-n-Sip event in the Heights and Hillcrest — the stores will be open late, the trolley shuttle will be running, and the wine will be waiting at the neighborhood watering holes once you're finished.

• Pick up some holiday sparkle this weekend at a new fund-raising event called Trading Treasures, benefiting Planned Parenthood's Little Rock health center. The event's organizers have spent the last year collecting donated jewelry — both costume and fine — and having it cleaned up, repaired, appraised and otherwise ready for sale.

“We've gotten friends, neighbors and relatives to identify a couple of things in their jewelry boxes that they just don't wear anymore,” said Vicky Kessel, one of the organizers.

Kessel promises hundreds of baubles, priced $5 to $1,000, and sorted in a “thoughtful manner” — not just piled on tables.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Blvd. (Kavanaugh and Lee). Admission is $5, good toward a purchase of $10 or more. Cash and credit cards will be accepted, but checks will not.

• My favorite place to shop for unusual Christmas decorations is Ten Thousand Villages, the fair-trade store on Clinton Avenue in the River Market that sells hand-crafted merchandise (jewelry, accessories, home decor, toys) made by artisans around the world. This year they're starting the season off with a holiday bag sale20 percent off everything you can fit in one of their shopping bags. I have moved more than a dozen times in my adult life. I know how to pack me a shopping bag. This should be fun.

• And of course there's Holiday House, Little Rock's Christmas-shopping juggernaut, scheduled for Nov. 8-10 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Statehouse Convention Center. This event, if you've never gone, is sponsored by the Junior League of Little Rock and brings together more than 135 merchants for a weekend-long market. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 8; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Reason to brave the Saturday crowds: a gingerbread house competition, featuring top local pastry chefs. Admission is $6, or $10 for a three-day pass.

Dreamweavers, the Little Rock-based interior decor company, will hold its monthly Second Saturday sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10, at 1201 S. Spring. Should be some deals on unusual accessories if you're looking to liven up the living room for a holiday party.

• If you're into making your own Christmas presents, check out the huge clearance sale on yarn at the Handworks Gallery in Hillcrest (2911 Kavanaugh Blvd.). Discounts are up to 80 percent off. You can preview what's marked down at the store's web site, www.handworksgallery.com, but it's way more fun to just go by the store and dig your way through it all.



From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

More by Jennifer Barnett Reed

  • Learning to love North Little Rock in Park Hill

    Any description of North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood will eventually, inevitably, include a comparison to Hillcrest, its better-known cousin south of the river.
    • Dec 28, 2011
  • A reason to splash

    Fun rain gear and more at InJoy.
    • Mar 12, 2009
  • Pick up some spice

    And we ain’t talking about tarragon.
    • Feb 26, 2009
  • More »

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in Shopping

Event Calendar

« »


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: On "Beyond Scared Straight"

    • I need to find a scared straight program for my 14 yr old daughter here…

    • on July 20, 2017

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation