Millville Holiday Market pops up this weekend


People can shop local and handmade at the Millville’s Holiday Market, returning for one day, Saturday, Dec. 6. More than 30 vendors will spread out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors, between Millville Town Hall and the Millville United Methodist Church.

“You do have artisans with very good-quality wares … and no sales tax,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie. “Support your local artisans, and shop local!”

Although last year’s market was half the size and chilly, “The vendors were so excited, because they sold so much — more than they did at the Pumpkin Festival,” Botchie said. “It was fun.”

Botchie stocked up on family gifts, plus sweets for herself.

“We have handmade jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats. Then you get into your homemade painted ornaments, and we have vintage Christmas décor, refurbished, repurposed furniture, a clothing line, lots and lots of handmade jewelry,” Botchie said.

More gifts can be found among the offerings from two honey farms, as well as homemade pet toys, Christmas wreaths, stained glass and more.

The Indian River High School Cross-Country Boosters will return to sell their homemade soups, plus cheeseburgers, hotdogs, hot chocolate and baked goods. Good Earth Market and Birch Tree Café will have more food, including gluten-free goodies.

“We don’t charge a rent fee,” Botchie said. “Just trying to do a community event.”

Admission is free to the market. Parking is at the church.

Additionally, children can make their own goodies and Christmas ornaments, free of charge. That includes chocolate-dipped pretzels, decorated sugar cookies and marshmallow treats featuring Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.”