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Celebrate Small Business Saturday by gathering with your friends and family in Downtown Alton at The Post Commons!.  Alton Main Street is teaming up with the Sierra Club to continue the tradition of “going green” - don’t miss this special occasion to share the historic downtown shopping & dining experience with your loved ones this holiday season. This unique, eco-friendly holiday market is the only one of its kind in the St. Louis area!

The 17th annual Green Gift Bazaar, featuring dozens of eco-artisans and green vendors, will be held on Saturday, November 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the The Post Commons, located in downtown Alton at 300 Alby Street. At the event shoppers will be able to shop local and keep their money “home for the holidays”. Why go through the hassle of Black Friday or risk impersonal customer service of Cyber Monday? Instead, make this season’s gift giving a fun adventure by shopping with friendly local artists and independent businesses in your hometown historic district.

There is no entry fee to shop at the Green Gift Bazaar, and you'll receive sale info for a wide assortment of downtown retailers and restaurants to encourage shopping local. Free holiday craft activities will be provided to keep kids entertained while their parents shop.  Free gift wrapping will be available on-site, not only for gifts purchased at the bazaar but also for any items purchased at locally-owned stores! Shoppers can also bring their non-working holiday lights to be recycled. 

A sampling of the Earth-friendly one-of-a-kind gifts that has been offered at the event is as follows, all handcrafted, recycled, made in the USA or Fair Trade: unique jewelry and art using a variety of upcycled materials, recycled content t-shirts and hats; Sierra Club logo coffee mugs and bumper stickers, quirky ornaments, wands & fairies, mineral make-up, herbal teas, handmade all-natural organic bath and body products, fused glass pendants and trinket bowls, tie-dyed organic cotton scarves, cutting boards and handmade wood products, apothecary items, handmade foaming soaps and bath fizzes, hand screen-printed tea towels and pillows, homemade hydrosols, re-purposed fabric sachets, fine art nature photography, fish prints, walking sticks, wood sculptures, wooden coasters and bookmarks, dog toys, essential oil roller balls, knit & crochet items, wool mittens and fingerless gloves. aprons and totes made from mens shirts, children's embroidered jean jackets & baby bibs, candles, bags and belts, ceramics, wood smoked pretzels, African Arts and Crafts, handmade baskets from natural reed, hardwood kitchen utensils, Rosie Wraps and hair accessories, repurposed clothing, clean-crafted/organic/biodynamic wine, alpaca wear including hats, gloves, scarves, and socks plus alpaca yarn and raw alpaca fiber, chemical-free cleaning products, author-signed novels, handcrafted leather journals & wooden boxes, polished stone gifts, and plant starts.