Wedding planners, event planners, invitation designers, and others are descending on Cylburn Arboretum this Sunday. And they want you to join them!

No, it’s not a wedding show for those who want to renew their vows; it’s a boutique yard sale of crafty proportion. They’ve cleared out their inventory and are selling it to the public! (Martha wannabes unite!)

To Have and To Hold is the annual yard sale of Baltimore’s finest wedding vendors, and the brainchild of local moms Allison Barnhill and Madeline Comoglio, of Allison Barnhill Designs and MLC Designs, respectively. What inspired them? Commiserating over all of the extra paper, envelopes and ribbon they had in storage.

“We knew that fellow wedding vendors had plenty of leftover wedding supplies and thought it would be fun to get together, sell the items, and support the community by fundraising for some amazing non-profits at the same time,” says Allison.

Over 20 local wedding vendors will be in attendance and will be selling items such as vases, serving pieces, linens, decor, card stock, envelopes, ribbon, signage, wedding dresses, office supplies and art supplies. Vendors that are not able to attend will donate items to sell and all proceeds will go directly to the benefiting non-profits. This event is perfect for the “do-it-yourself” brides, crafters, moms, yard sale lovers, college students, and anyone looking for a great deal.

“Last year’s event was such a success, that we knew we wanted to do it again this year, ” says Madeline.

This year’s event will be held at Cylburn Arboretum – Vollmer Center from 12m to 3pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Proceeds from the event will benefit two local non-profits, Avergan Foundation (www.averganfoundation.org) and BARCS.

Newly added for this year’s event is a retail vendor section. Local area businesses will be selling retail products on site. “We hope to encourage attendees to start doing their holiday shopping with some amazing local businesses that are supporting local charities, ” says Allison. Brands such as LuLaRoe and Chloe and Isabel, among others, will be at the event.

Added bonus? It’s completely family-friendly. More than 20 beautiful gardens ornament the grounds at Cylburn. It’s also one of the largest wooded areas in Baltimore City?  How many events can you do a little shopping, a little eating and then explore one of Baltimore’s hidden gems.  Bring the family and enjoy the day exploring the beautiful grounds as well. Or, really, bring the hubs and let him watch the kids while you shop!

Here are a few tips for the day!

Bring Cash. Think of this event like a typical yardsale, where you pay in cash.  All vendors are prepared to make great deals with you, but the products range from envelopes/krafts to large décor items – so spending will range. There are also many retail vendors – so be ready to start that holiday shopping!  There is not an ATM on site, so make sure you have enough cash on hand to buy everything you want.  Small bills will be appreciated, too. Some vendors may accept credit cards and checks, but they can’t promise that!

Go Hungry! La Cakerie will be on-site with their big pink food truck!  They will be on-hand with all sorts of savory lunch items and of course plenty of sweet treats for you to enjoy (or take home to share!)  The arboretum is open and ready for you to enjoy, consider bringing a picnic blanket and relax outdoors with your lunch or treat!

Shop Early. Tickets are being sold to Early Bird Shoppers; these first 50 attendees get to enter the sale from 11-12pm for exclusive first dibs on all of thegoodies.  Tickets ($15) still available at: http://www.tohaveandtoholdtickets.eventbrite.com.

 

Photo Credit: Ashley Michelle Photography