For the fourth year, a group of local artisans and small businesses are teaming up for a holiday bazaar that also helps to benefit those in need.

They’re hosting “Sip-Shop-Share” this Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the WEPCO church complex  in Wilton to kick off the season of holiday shopping linked with giving back to the community.

Jennifer Angerame, the owner of Southern Yankee vintage-made-chic clothing, gifts and accessories, has asked other local businesses to join her for this shopping event to raise funds and collect items for the Elder House, a not-for-profit adult day center that serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Items they will be collecting in lieu of admission, are:  Advil or Tylenol; boxed chocolates & cookies (sugar free and regular); crossword puzzle and word search books; black, blue and red poker chips; and large size Crayola markers.  Cash donations will also be accepted.

Angerame said she got the idea for this event when she noticed that the many area holiday gift fairs have seemingly disappeared. “We all live in a small town with tons of moms–busy moms, with little time to socialize. I can promise this event will be easy, casual and fun!” She emphasized that the event is not intended to be a money-maker for the vendors, but rather something that will help relieve some stress during an often hectic time of year to socialize, become acquainted with some local businesses and give to a local cause.

Organizers added that another fun twist on the “sharing” part of this event is that several high school classes have been invited to sell their “Post Graduation Party” fundraising items.

In addition to Southern Yankee, other local businesses that will take part in Sip – Shop- Share are A Single Strand, Nod Hill Soap, Diaper Bag Dailies, Carrot Top Kitchens, and Sabina Furst Designs. 

Sip-Shop-Share will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m at WEPCO, 36 New Canaan Rd. There will be coffee and goodies available during the day and wine and light appetizers served in the evening.