Stocked Market takes over the Berglund Center

Shoppers try on fascinators at The Junior League or Roanoke Valley's Stocked Market. (Photo: Annie Andersen)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Hundreds of vendors ready to welcome in the holidays and get people shopping!

The Junior League's Stocked Market is this weekend at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.

10,000 people are expected for the 28th year of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley's Stocked Market, and every customer here means big money for local businesses.

Stocked Market Co-Chair Sarah Baker calls the event a win-win for the community, explaining, "We are helping our community by the money that we raise that we're able to give back in grants and scholarships. The local businesses that come; they're able to grow their businesses here locally."

Laura Duckworth of The Gift Niche in downtown Roanoke can attest to that. Duckworth said, "I mean the Stocked Market Shows the local girl there's something to come down for all year long on the Market." As a small business owner, Duckworth says that's crucial. "Our business depends on a strong holiday season. We make it through the year, but once October, November gets here- really November- Today. We expect to be really busy and it tides us through the rest of the year," she explained.

DeAnne Eckard is from Ohio, selling at the Nectar of the Vine booth. She'll be at Stocked Market for all three days, and while she hopes to make money, she'll also be spending some. "I'm actually staying in a motel in Salem. So I'm going out to eat. I'm enjoying the area."

Event Co-Chair Margaret-Hunter Wade says that impact on the community is what Stocked Market is all about. Wade elaborated, saying "Over the past 28 years, we have raised more that 3.4 million dollars. Of that we use those funds to go back into the community to further our mission and to award grants to local community organizations."

This year's event will feature more than 150 different vendors.

New this year is a HomeGrown market with hand-made items. That special event will be on Saturday.

Tickets are still available for the event. They're $10 online or $11 at the door and good for all three days.

The event will run Saturday from 9 until 6 and then on Sunday from 10 until 5.

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