Dallas Hotel Magazine Fall+Holiday 2022

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Spending for a Cause A CHARITABLE MARKET SUPERCHARGES HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR FOUR DAYS EVERY NOVEMBER By David Muscari

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ith origins that date back nearly half a century, the annual Chi Omega Christmas Market is a festive seasonal tradition for bargain hunters. It’s a layer cake of shopping delights where consumers kickstart their holiday cravings with treasures ranging from snappy fashions and decorations to gourmet items and more. Organized by alumnae of the collegiate sorority, the 45th edition of the Chi Omega Christmas Market runs Nov. 16-19 at Fair

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Park in the Automobile Building on the west side of the esplanade, with an expected 300 booths and some 220 merchants. “You can find anything from a pencil to a fur coat,” says Karen Dower, cochair of this year’s event. “We have clothing for men, women, and children, jewelry at all price points, accessories, toys, books, and gifts for children, plus holiday decorations for all seasons.” This year, Lucchese Boots will be among the vendors, she adds. Jamie Hare, a sales executive and Chi Omega alum, has attended the market for a decade or more, collecting cute clothes, gifts for friends, personalized items, comical T-shirts, and stocking stuffers. “Four of us go together every year to kick off the holiday season,” she enthuses. Similarly, sales representative Shannon Dawson and a co-worker have been regulars on opening night for at least five years. “It’s a tradition,” Dawson says. “We go together and try to knock out gifts for colleagues and clients, have cocktails, and always run into friends and compare finds. It’s like a party with shopping.” Chi Omega alumnae Susan

Portwood and husband Doug consider their visit as “together time.” Some of Susan’s favorite finds have been embroidered Christmas shirts, gourmet chocolates, personalized children’s pillows, a wooden reindeer, handmade Christmas figures, and a Mrs. Claus costume. It takes about four hours to walk the whole show, she estimates.

“We have clothing for men, women, and children, jewelry at all price points, accessories, toys, books, and gifts for children, plus holiday decorations for all seasons.” “If you see something you know you want, buy it immediately,” she advises. “It’ll likely be gone if you wait.” The Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas launched the market in 1978 at the Dallas Convention Center with fewer than 50 booths and raised $13,250 for charity. It has since grown into Chi Omega’s largest annual philanthropic event nationwide.