This holiday season, with inflation-fueled economic pressure and shrinking budgets, more shoppers than ever are looking for deals.
And that means that more of us may be shopping holiday markets for gently used items or unique affordable gift items and holiday décor.
Nothing against the malls and traditional retailers, but lucky for us, there are lots of local opportunities for this kind of creative bargain shopping between now and Christmas.
Here are some to consider:
• The 38th Holiday Market at First United Pentecostal Church is a huge “Trash and Treasure” spread of clothing for the whole family, toys, books, holiday décor, baked goods, craft items and a room full of useful kitchen and home items. Plus, tools, furniture and yard items. Definitely a treasure hunt and most of the clothing is $2!
This long-running sale, which also serves a very affordable breakfast and lunch, takes place at the church (inside and outside) at 7612 Charlotte Pike, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 18-19.
Organizer Carla Duke says to expect “amazing deals, furniture, and very crazy unique stuff.”
To give you an idea of how big this sale usually is, it raises as much as $30,000 each year with proceeds going to support the church’s outreach local and internationally. Insider tip: The Milky Way cake that graces the bake sale, is AMAZING!
• St. David’s Episcopal Church will host its annual “Best Ever Holiday Bazaar” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the church at 6501 Pennywell Dr. in Nashville. The sale, which always includes homemade holiday decorations as well as baked goods and frozen entrees made by church members, raises money for the church’s outreach ministry. This is the 35th year for this sale. Insider tip: Lynda Christian’s granola will make you wish you had bought a gallon of it. Really is wonderful.
• The Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce is holding its Holiday Market on the grounds of the Mansion at Two Rivers Mansion, 3130 McGavock Pike from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18-19. There is a suggested $5 donation for admission or $10 per car. Photos with Santa are $15.
• The Porter Flea Market, with 250 vendors, is set for Dec. 9-10 inside the Expo Center at Fairgrounds Nashville. The market’s emphasis is on handmade art and original designs. The Dec. 9 6-9 p.m. date is a ticketed preview with a $30 ticket, while the Dec. 10 day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is free admission. Parking at the Fairgrounds is $5 in cash.
• The monthly Nashville Flea Market takes place at the Expo Center at Fairgrounds Nashville on Nov. 25-27 (“Feeling Frosty”) and Dec. 16-18 (“Merry and Bright”) with hundreds of indoor and outdoor vendors selling everything from antiques, glassware, signage, rugs, holiday décor, cosmetics, and handmade furniture. Admission is free but parking is $5.