Those looking for handmade, unique gifts need look no farther than the Association of Bragg Spouses’ 26th Annual Yule Mart. The event, held Nov. 18 to 20 at the Crown Arena in Fayetteville, will feature over 60 different vendors offering furniture, candles, soap, metal art and more, said Christine Hughes, president, Association of Bragg Spouses.
Hughes said that Yule Mart offers attendees a wide variety of vendors from which to choose distinctive Christmas presents for friends and Family. Children can take pictures with Santa, visit Mrs. Claus’s bake shop and shop for gifts on their own in the Secret Santa Shop.
“They can buy gifts for their moms and dads … and the mom and dad have no idea what they’ve gotten,” said Hughes. “There are volunteers who escort them around to shop.”
The event benefits ABS’s scholarship and welfare grants, said Hughes. The scholarship monies go towards military spouses and children entering college, while the welfare funds assist non-profit organizations that need specific items, according to Maggie Hollinger, 1st vice president and Yule Mart chair, ABS.
Hollinger said her favorite part of Yule Mart is the interaction with vendors. “It’s really cool because they come from all over the state, and some come from out of state to do this with us,” she said.
For Hughes, the community involvement is the best aspect of the annual event. She emphasized the importance of volunteers and said ABS is still looking for anyone interested in helping out.
Tickets for Yule Mart are $7 and can be purchased at the door, Leisure Travel Services or online at www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/26th-annual-yule-mart. For more information on the event, or to volunteer, visit www.fortbraggabs.org/yule-mart.