|Both coasts featured at Perrysburg Trunk Show|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:13|
PERRYSBURG - Where can you find designer shoes, silk scarves, unique tote bags, hand-crafted pottery and jewelry in the same location as gifts for men and home accessories?
At the 2013 Holiday Trunk Show.
Presented by the Country Garden Club of Perrysburg, the shopping gala will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 7 and 8, at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club on Second Street. Shopping will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
On Tuesday evening the traditional "Champagne and Shopping" extravaganza will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This year, 22 vendors from Connecticut to California will pack their trunks with merchandise for the 27th annual gala which attracts more than 1,200 shoppers, according to Luella Smith, vendor co-chairperson for the event.
By popular demand, four Michigan merchants are returning with the latest in women's clothing and accessories. Just Girls (Troy), Special Something (Farmington Hills), Trends in Fashion (Sterling Heights) and Wool Works by Donna (Ida) will be joined by Belvedere Emporium of Harold, Ohio.
"Our members meet potential vendors when traveling. They know we are looking for unique styles and items," co-chairperson Mary Harman said. "This year we have gone all the way from the west coast to the east to entice our audience." Susie O's Handbags of Palo Verde Estates, Calif.,will bring in her collection of designer purses and totes and Zermatt Outerwear will sell men's and women's scarves and wraps for active outdoor lifestyles.
Bird Dog Bay will offer men's accessories and ties, from sophisticated boardroom looks to "I love my pet" whimsy.
Liz Paper of Louisville, Ky., will feature hand-painted silk ties and personalized stationery products. A Wreath of Wishes from Dearborn, Mich. offers silk floral arrangements and fine porcelain. Both are returning vendors.
Opening their trunks for the first time to shoppers are three merchants from Illinois to Pennsylvania: Crabapple Designs of Springfield, Ill., with customized note cards; Cr√®me de la Cr√®me of Winnetka, Ill., with linens and lingerie; and Wilson and Weir of Sewickley, Pa., with accents for the home.
Jan Pugh's Packer Creek Pottery of Genoa is coming to Perrysburg for the two-day event.
"And what is shopping without jewelry and food?" Smith said. For distinctive looks in jewelry, Evocateur of East Norwalk, Conn. has gold and silver leaf jewelry. Barbara Hahn Goldwork of Findlay will present her award-winning designs in gold and platinum. And CMM Designs of New York, N.Y. has a collection of status faux jewelry.
"For delectable meals, we've added two new Michigan vendors featuring accoutrements for the chef in us all," Harman added. Beau Bien Fine Foods of Detroit offers preserves and condiments and Fustinis of Ann Arbor sells olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
The committee has invited two Perrysburg merchants who are also members of the Country Garden Club. Modern and bohemian women's clothing and shoes will be featured by Meig, owned by Meig McIntyre, and Belgian chocolate covered toffee by Jan Merrell's Sinful Toffee.
The club will sell gifts for the avid gardener at its own booth, At The Garden Gate.
Admission to the Holiday Trunk Show is $5, good for both days.
A member of the Garden Club of America, Country Garden Club was formed in 1934. The trunk show began in 1987 and is the club's primary fundraiser. Proceeds support local projects including landscaping or community programs for the Way Public Library, WW Knight Nature Center, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Heights Community Association, Veggie-U, Growing to Give and the city of Perrysburg Gateways.
For more details go to www.cgcperrysburg.com.
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