then on cyber monday, while bargain hunters were busy scouring the internet for deeply discounted merchandise (while they were trying to look productive at the office), i was strolling up and down store aisles, looking for stuff on sale.
either i'm a smart shopper, or i just have the whole holiday shopping thing down wrong...
one thing i know for sure is that crowds or no crowds, deals or no deals, i'm going to be at the eco gift festival next weekend. not only is it in my neck of the woods -- which means i can bike or take to the bus to it -- but it will feature all kinds of eco-friendly food and merchandise. and even better yet, part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
here are the details:
Eco Gift Festival 2008
The Eco-Holiday Shopping Festival for the Global Community
December 12th thru 14th, 2008
Presented by The Los Angeles Times, Eco Gift is the largest environmentally conscious consumer gift show in the world. Eco Gift delivers a stress-free holiday shopping experience unlike any other in the country. Presented in a festival-like setting, Eco Gift showcases world-class live entertainment, socially conscious speakers, an organic food court and on-site eco gift-wrapping and shipping. The company holds its events to the highest standards of sustainability, employing green event experts to ensure their own greening efforts remain at the cutting-edge. Eco Gift donates a percentage of its profits each year to various charities.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dates and Show Hours
Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 14th: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
$10 per day; $20 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 get in for free. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.ecogift.com/
$8.00 at the venue; Overflow parking is available at the corner of Colorado and Main Street
PLEASE CARPOOL WHEREVER POSSIBLE
~ 20 Inspirational Speakers
~ 10 Acclaimed Bands and Musicians
~ 150 Exhibitors selling eco-conscious gifts
~ Children's Stage and Play area
~ Organic Food Court
ECO GIFT SPEAKER LINE-UP
Bryan Welch (Emcee) Publisher/Editorial Director Ogden Publications, Inc.
Arianna Huffington (Keynote) - Huffington Post
Michael Brune - Exec. Director, Rainforest Action Network
Blake Mycoskie - Founder Tom's Shoes
Seane Corn - Yoga Teacher, Founder, Off The Mat, Into The World
Linda Loudermilk - Visionary couture and eco-designer
Josh Tickell - Speaker, Activist, Filmmaker (FUEL)
Elizabeth Rogers - Author NY Times Bestseller "The Green Book"
Robyn Griggs-Lawrence - Editor-In-Chief, Natural Home Magazine
David Crow - Author, Lecturer, Founder, Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures
Dr. Edison De Mello - Founder, Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine
Shallom Berkman - Founder, Urth Caffe
Dr. Andrew Dattila - Nutritional Expert, Founder InnerBloom
Scott Badenoch - Founder, Creative Citizen
Compton Rom - Founder, Ascended Health
Michael and Bianca Alexander - Conscious Living TV
John Marshall Roberts - Motivational Speaker, Author "Igniting Inspiration"
Sherry Beall - host/producer Healthy Planet, Healthy Me on KPFK
ECO GIFT MUSICIAN LINE-UP
Guru Singh and The Kundalini Band (Special Opening Ceremonies Friday 4:00PM)
Jon T. Howard
Mojow & The Vibration Army