Holiday shopping starts early, even on Martha’s Vineyard

Bobbie Banks manned the refreshment table at Rainy Day last Friday, Nov. 16. — Photo courtesy of Gwyn McAllister

Shoppers got an early start on their gift buying at two pre-season sales last weekend.

The American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven hosted its annual Thanksgiving/Christmas Bazaar. Two levels of country store raffles included donated items and gift baskets. The ladies’ auxiliary, who organize the event every year, sold raffle tickets for a framed print by Jeffrey Serusa, a handmade quilt, and a huge food basket. There were also white elephant sale items and baked goods. All the money raised goes towards the Legion’s scholarship fund and local charities.

Over at Rainy Day, a non-stop line of customers kept the staff busy last Friday evening during the store’s Shopapalooza event. From 5 to 7 pm, shoppers were treated to wine and refreshments while enjoying 25 percent off storewide. Lily K. Morris offered chair massages to raise money for Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Everyone making a purchase could enter one of three raffles.

Nancy Rogers of West Tisbury was alerted to the event by a friend, but didn’t realize there was a sale. She was happy to get a jump start on her holiday shopping and loaded up on wrapping paper and tags, advent calendars, ornaments and hostess gifts.

Rainy Day owner Heather Kochin explained that she will be hosting an event every Friday until Christmas. All will have themes (men’s night, wild hat party, etc.), refreshments, and specials. Last weekend’s party marks the earliest holiday event for the store. The fun doesn’t usually start until Black Friday when the store hosts its popular Thanksgiving weekend sale.