Giving someone a gift as unique as the person receiving it is usually cherished long after a mass-produced present from a big-box store is put on the back shelf of a closet.
This was the inspiration for the creation of the Sandy Springs Society’s The Elegant Elf Marketplace, which will celebrate its ninth anniversary Nov. 9 and 10 at City Springs. It will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is co-chaired by Susan Sutterfield, Debbie Schwartz, Barb Mutz, Clanci Jordan, Jeannie Bartow-Hartman and Jan Stewart, the society’s president.
Sutterfield said the marketplace will again offer visitors the unique, special items made by more than 90 artists and artisans “who specialize in creations that encompass the entire artistic spectrum, from wood, jewelry and metal craftsmen to artistic painters.”
This is the society’s “shopping for a cause” fundraiser, she said, one of two such annual events, the other being Tossed Out Treasures, its “gigantic garage sale.”
The marketplace’s honorary chair is Sandy Springs resident Annette Joseph, a nationally recognized expert on entertaining, cooking and styling.
“I was honored to be asked to participate in The Elegant Elf Marketplace, a lovely event that inspires beauty during the holiday season,” she said in a news release. “It’s the perfect way to support small businesses and artisans, discover one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones and give back to the community we all love.”
During the event, Joseph will share ideas and tips on photography she has gained as a leading photo stylist/producer specializing in lifestyle editorial images for magazines.
According to Sutterfield, the artisans are carefully selected vendors who offer hand-crafted items, exquisite artistic creations and the latest gourmet delights.
She said over the past eight years the marketplace has raised more than a half million dollars, which has enabled the society to provide grants to nonprofits working to improve the arts, heritage, education, environment and social services in Sandy Springs.
Among those that have received grants are Mr. Tom’s Heart, which provides food to needy individuals and families.
“We give about $250,000 each year to nonprofits in our community which apply for these grants and ask for funding to help with a specific project,” Sutterfield said. “These grant requests go through our philanthropy committee, which decides what nonprofit groups or organizations will receive the grants during the year and, each year, it is a very difficult decision.”’
Elegant Elf features nearly 100 carefully selected local and regional artisans, gourmet food purveyors and unique gift vendors of jewelry, handcrafted fashions, fine crafts, items for home and garden, handbags and toys, the release stated.
All proceeds from the marketplace are reinvested in the Sandy Springs community.
“The Sandy Springs Society works year-round to select upscale gift vendors, and we’re thrilled to present another amazing two-day lineup of shopping for a cause at our new City Springs venue,” Sutterfield said.
Elegant Elf’s admission is $5 for adults and children over 10 and free for children under 10. Parking is free for the first two hours in the City Springs deck.
The society will also host Evening of Elegance, a marketplace kickoff party at City Springs Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. It will include cocktails, a seated dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $125 and can be obtained by calling Sue at 404-249-9446.
For more information, visit www.sandyspringssociety.org/the-elegant-elf.