Green Gift Shop returns to Carmel library Nov. 14

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The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and Carmel residents will soon have an opportunity to purchase unique, homemade gifts that are organic, natural, recycled and repurposed.

The Carmel Green Initiative and the Carmel Clay Public Library will host the sixth annual Green Gift Shop and Holiday Showcase from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library.

“This year, we have 31 vendors,” said Madelyn Zalon, Carmel Green Initiative board member. “We have nine new vendors, which is exciting, and 22 repeats. We do have a few vendors that have been at every single one, which is awesome.”

Gifts include handbags, mittens, scarves, all-natural bath products, honey, chocolate, mosaics and children’s clothing.

“That’s Sew Martha will be at the events,” Zalon said. “She makes kids clothes out of other clothing. They’re adorable. We also have Kaps for Kids. They make flowers and different mosaics out of old bottle caps, and then a portion of their proceeds goes to children’s charities.”

Along with the gift shop, the library will offer holiday-themed crafts for kids, the opportunity for teens and adults to make their own mixed media gift tag, holiday music by pianist Julie Shadinger, refreshments and a gift-wrapping station.

“The event is really fun,” Zalon said. “We get a lot of people that come through, and there are a lot of unique items you’re not going to find them anywhere else. Plus, they’re earth-friendly.”

Carmel High School student Niranjan Swaminathan will be available to wrap purchases with recycled holiday paper from 3:30 to 7 p.m. He will accept donations for CCPL and Riley Hospital for Children.

The event is free and registration isn’t required. For more, visit carmelgreen.org.

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