by Barry Myers
We’d like to welcome fellow Upper West Sider and guest blogger Barry Myers. Barry’s filling us in on a great holiday event in our hood this coming Saturday. Before you venture out to pick up the tree, you might want to check out what’s happening at PS 199.
|Christmas Trees in New York City–photo courtesy of BumbyFoto, via Flickr|
Everyone knows the holidays can be a time of serious overindulgence, especially when it comes to shopping. Buying boring gifts from big-box retailers whose senior executives are already super rich, even while the wages and benefits their employees receive continue to decrease, just doesn’t seem to jibe with the true meaning of the holidays.
The Holiday Boutique Fair, which takes place at PS 199 this Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm offers one alternative. The fair features over 30 local small businesses (often sole proprietors) selling their unique wares while raising money to benefit the school.
|Shop local at the holidays this year –credit|
Many of the vendors are class parents whose only other retail outlet is a virtual storefront on Etsy.com. They’ll be toys, clothing, beauty products, jewelry and some truly one-of-a-kind crafts on sale.
The money the vendors paid for their tables as well as all the money raised through the sale of snacks, baked goods, and raffle tickets, will go directly to the PS 199 PTA to support the school. A small percentage will also go to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
PS 199 is located at 270 West 70th Street just a block from the 72nd Street subway stop. Even if you can’t make it, you can help the cause by visiting the Fair’s event page on Facebook and sharing the event on your page and/or inviting your Facebook friends directly.
The PS 199 Holiday Boutique Fair is one of those win-win situations. Find some great, unique holiday gifts for your loved ones, and help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy and one of New York City’s finest public schools.