Busy bees: Organizers say spring is a pefect time to shop at local fundraiser events


Hope Center Indy will host a benefit shopping event April 20. Here, decor highlights some of the features at a previous Gather Hope Market.

GREENFIELD – Getting the springtime itch to shop? Several bazaars are lined up this month in goodwill events to raise money for local causes.

At least three spring shopping events are slated for April in Hancock County, organized by area nonprofit groups with the hope of raising money for their missions. Two are happening simultaneously this Saturday at two separate sites in Greenfield.

Here’s a look at where to go to support the events and find a deal or two with local products:

-Support Greenfield-Central High School students in spring vendor fair this Saturday, featuring nearly 100 vendors.

The fifth annual Spring Bazaar is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the high school, 800 W. Broadway St., Greenfield. Shop for Mother’s Day gifts, prom accessories, graduation gifts, spring cleaning items, home decorations and more. In addition to several popular direct sales companies, the event will feature hand-crafted items such as jewelry, wreaths, bows, tutus, cards, string art, snakeskin jewelry and more. Students sell food for breakfast and lunch, and bakery booths are also on site.

The event will raise money to assist students with travel expenses with Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

“The fundraising will assist students in their travel expenses as they go to Seattle, Washington this summer for the National Leadership Conference,” said G-CHS teacher Janelle Keusch.” We have a student competing in the Professional Presentation event, as well as a Fashion Design challenge, and a challenge test on teaching.”

-Hancock County’s extension homemakers will raise money for several area charities this Saturday.

Country Vintage Market – Spring Has Sprung is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 620 Apple St., Greenfield.

The one-day shopping event features two buildings with 100 local vendors, plus food trucks. Admission and parking are free.

Money is raised through the sale of vendor space prior to the event. Various programs benefit, including 4-H and the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center.

“We try to share as an outreach within the community,” said Vickie Ramsey, event coordinator. “Several members and/or family have used the cancer center for treatments so we provide snacks to patients receiving treatment.”

-Help raise awareness and end human trafficking in the Gather Hope Market later this month.

Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20, the market will feature handmade items for purchase at Hope Center Indy, 11850 Brookeville Road, Indianapolis. The organization just west of New Palestine is home to more than 30 programs and ministries. “Shades of Spring” is the theme of the market, featuring nearly 30 vendors. A food truck will be on site. The Redefined Hope Boutique will be open as well as the coffee shop and greenhouse. Learn more at facebook.com/gatherhopemarket.