Mansfield Living

Shopping with a Cause

Toffee, handmade soap, Turkish towels and Santa Claus -- must be Holly Days at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

The ninth annual vendor market will feature 22 vendors with a unique variety of offerings.

“We interview all the vendors,” said Mary Anne Moore, the hospital’s director of volunteer services. “We want people to go from one booth to the next and be awed.”

The free market stretches from the west end of the hospital lobby to the cafeteria on the east end, “filling every nook and cranny,” Moore said.

“We have some fabulous local vendors,” said Angel Biasatti, director of marketing and community relations for Methodist Mansfield. “You can go to one place and see them all.”

Biasatti’s favorite so far are the toffees from The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado. But there’s a lot more she hasn’t sampled yet -- ready-made gifts from Conrad Creative, unique jewelry designs from Cookie Lee, home decor from Georgia, handmade soap and lotions from Doliber Bay Soap Co., young adult clothing from Southern Girl University, treats from the Candy Store on Main, Texas decor, belts and jewelry, 3-foot Christmas trees, colorful medical scrubs from Scrubs & More, garden art, Turkish towels and decor from European Art Studios.

Plus, auxiliary members have stocked the Country Store with jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, knitted items and a fresh batch of flavored pecans.

Santa Claus will be visiting from 3-6 p.m. and posing for photos, so visitors are invited to bring their cameras.

Admission is free, but valet parking is $3 for anyone who plans to stock up and doesn’t want to haul all of their loot to their cars.

And shoppers can feel good about their purchases. Proceeds from Holly Days will go to Women’s Health Services, Biasatti said, which amounted to approximately $15,000 last year.

“When you purchase something, it goes to something great,” she said.

“Come early, they sell out of a lot of things,” Biasatti advised.