One-of- a-Kind Gifts and Opportunity to Give Back Offered at Night Market 2017

by Abby Phinney

Night Market, an alternative Christmas shopping experience, took place Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Emily Garlinghouse (right), creator of Little Lemon Lady, offered handcrafted cards and prints with Andrea Ledgerwood (left).

Grace College’s fourth-annual Night Market, which occurred Friday, Dec. 8, was a success. Many artisans and organizations were present at the event, including Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide (GROW), Breath of Life Haiti and Boomerang Backpacks. Grace College student vendors will also participate. Items for sale included home décor, jewelry, clothing, toys and much more.

Emily Garlinghouse, a second-year at Grace College, hosted a booth for her small business, Little Lemon Lady. “I loved night market last year and my friends really encouraged me to take advantage of being involved in it this year,” said Garlinghouse. “I was very excited about the opportunity to share my art with campus and the community this year.” Garlinghouse sold handcrafted cards and prints.

Close to Garlinghouse’s booth, GROW also offered artisan gifts. This was GROW’s third year at Night Market. “We love what this event is all about!” said Jeana Harley, executive director of GROW.  “By purchasing gifts from GROW, shoppers were able to make a difference in the lives of people on multiple levels. In fact, 100 percent of their purchases will go to providing a safe place for Thai children to live, learn and be loved,” she said. GROW rescues physically and sexually abused children and those at-risk of being taken into the child trafficking industry in Thailand.

Each Night Market vendor donated a portion of their proceeds to a variety of causes, including adoption funding, fair wages for workers and food for the hungry. Some vendors, including many Grace College students, gave a portion of their proceeds to Boomerang Backpacks, a food distribution program for low-income children in northeast Indiana.