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Holiday shopping, the meaningful way

Food, Love and Policy By Unknown #1 on December 2, 2010

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill.


That quote appears inside a gift card that sits on my desk as I type. We have a whole box of the cards, and we'll give them away on Sunday morning to 19 Milwaukee charities at the beginning of our fifth annual Alternative Gift Fair. Of all the events Outpost is involved in year-round, this one is my favorite. The fair combines a fun festive atmosphere (Santa hats, holiday music, food and drink, friends and strangers) with (wait for it) convenience and (even better) meaningful shopping.


The fair was dreamed up five years ago by the Exchange magazine staff as a way to offer Milwaukee people an alternative to the mall, and a way to "shop" local charities in one spot, making holiday gift donations easy and fun. The event was immediately successful, a win-win for participating charities and the public.


Last year, we combined our fair with the Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair, so guests could buy gifts from local retailers as well as "buy" charitable gifts. Give local, buy local! The new style fair was our most successful yet, and we're repeating it this Sunday. We'd love to see you there! The fair is being held at Lakefront Brewery on Water Street from noon to 4 p.m., and includes food, drink, free brewery tours and shopping. Details are on our Facebook page and you can hear Our Milwaukee's Nancy Quinn talk about the vent on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee this morning by clicking here.


Happy holidays!


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