The Stocked Market is a dream come true for avid shoppers – more than 100 different merchants all in one place just as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. And for food lovers, it is a good place to find interesting products for yourself or someone on your list.
The 2012 Stocked Market is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Center. Some 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which helps to benefit community organizations through grants awarded by the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. The Junior League has been hosting the event for 23 years.
Of course, you’ll find all manners of Christmas decorations, clothing, home decor items, sports apparel, antiques and the like, but I’ve also seen some great food items at the market. In the past, these have included high-quality canned soups, dip mixes, peanuts, chocolates, wine and more. And since a lot of booths offer free samples, it can be a tasty way to while away the day.
According to a press release from the Junior League, early shoppers will find some great deals on Friday:
“The Stocked Market begins on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. with the VIP Preview Coffee. Tickets can be purchased for $18 (which includes a three-day pass to the Stocked Market) at the door and includes coffee and breakfast provided by Holiday Inn Valley View. Exclusive to this event are the Swag Bags, Raffle and featured artist. Swag Bags will be available for purchase for $30 as soon as the doors open at 8 a.m. and are valued at $100-$500. For the raffle, Ferguson will provide three big-ticket items such as a Miele Vacuum Cleaner, Kitchen Aide countertop mixer, and upscale, designer bathroom fixtures. Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each or 5 for $20. The winners will be announced starting at 10:15 a.m.”
General admission costs $8 in advance or $9 at the door and tickets are good for all three days. General admission hours are:
Friday, Nov. 9: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A note for the kids: Santa Claus will arrive by helicopter at the Civic Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday. So be on your best behavior!