Mar­ket at the Lawn re­turns for 7th year

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY - Keisha Hill Gleaner Writer

WHEN IT comes to the best of all worlds – bar­gains, shop­ping and fam­ily fun – Mar­ket at the Lawn pro­vides pa­trons who want to avoid the hus­tle and bus­tle of shop­ping around town with a one-stop shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

A cross be­tween a farm­ers’ mar­ket and an up­scale flea mar­ket, this open-air event, held sea­son­ally on the lawns of Devon House in St An­drew, is a per­fect start to the Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son.

With a wide variety of items to choose from, shop­pers can find great lo­cal gift ideas for those on their Christ­mas lists. The event, con­cep­tu­alised by Kaili McDon­nough-Scott, seeks to give Ja­maicans a chance to shop for nov­el­ties at re­duced costs – all in one spot.

IN­CRED­I­BLE PROD­UCTS

“We put on Mar­ket at the Lawn ev­ery year as it is a way to show­case what the Ja­maican mar­ket­place has to of­fer,” McDon­nough-Scott said.

“We have so many dif­fer­ent ar­ti­sans who make such in­cred­i­ble prod­ucts, and by hav­ing Mar­ket at the Lawn, we are help­ing them to get their prod­ucts into the hands of Some items on sale at a pre­vi­ous stag­ing of Mar­ket at the Lawn. Shop­pers are able to find unique items to dec­o­rate their homes at Mar­ket at the Lawn. ev­ery­day Ja­maicans. I be­lieve firmly in buy­ing lo­cally and the gifts that you can get at Mar­ket at the Lawn are more like keep­sake items,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to McDon­noughS­cott, with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, Ja­maicans have be­gun shop­ping for the per­fect gifts for fam­ily and friends. Prices, she said, are kept low and most of the ven­dors are re­peat par­tic­i­pants.

This year, the event will be A man looks at a paint­ing at the 2013 stag­ing of Mar­ket at the Lawn.

held on the south lawn of Devon House and will be free to the pub­lic. Pa­trons are be­ing in­vited to come out, sup­port the lo­cal busi­nesses and get their Christ­mas shop­ping done early.

Se­cured park­ing will be pro­vided for pa­trons and par­ents do not have to worry about chil­dren get­ting bored as there will be bounce-a-bouts and face­paint­ing to keep them oc­cu­pied.

“We just want per­sons to come out and shop for one-of-akind items and buy lo­cal,” added An­nette McDon­nough, one of the event’s or­gan­is­ers.

Mar­ket at the Lawn will take place on Novem­ber 27, De­cem­ber 4,11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Pa­trons con­sider mak­ing a pur­chase at the 2013 stag­ing of Mar­ket at the Lawn.

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