Shoppers looking for direct sales without the hassle of home parties can find all of their Pampered Chef and Avon product needs by attending The Salvation Army’s family friendly Shopper’s Extravaganza April 6.
“A lot of times people want to shop, but they do not want to have a home party,” said Ruthie Forgey, corps administrator at Cleveland’s Salvation Army. “This way they can purchase goods either directly or order items from the direct sales representative’s inventory.”
Melissa Snyder, Salvation Army community relations director, said there are already more than 20 direct sales vendors and craftsmen lined up for the event.
Vendors listed include, but are not limited to, the Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Avon, Gold Canyon Candle, Obagi Skin Care, Tastefully Simple, Silpada Jewelry, VindiMa Girl, Origami Owl, Tupperware, It Works, Scentsy and Candy by Carrie.
Forgey described the event as a unique experience, saying the extravaganza would be an expansion on the old-time bazaar.
Live music will be provided by at least one band and food will be available for purchase.
Local Christian illusionist, Mitch Gravitte, will be providing entertainment for the young and old alike.
“He is extremely talented,” Forgey said. “It is just the presentation of the Gospel in a very unique way.”
Admission is free and adult attendees will be placed in a drawing for door prizes.
“We are going to draw for a door prizes throughout the day. Each vendor was required to provide one door prize for the event,” Snyder said. “Some of the vendors have even said they want to do their own door prizes, as well.”
The Salvation Army does not currently have a spring fundraiser. Money will be raised at the extravaganza through a percentage of each vendor’s sales and the $25 vendor stall fee. These funds will go toward Salvation Army’s summer youth camps.
Last year, 18-20 Cleveland children were taken on a week-long camp. An additional 12-15 high school youth from Cleveland participated in a four-day hiking and camping trip. All expenses are covered for the youth by the Salvation Army.
“It is a real geta-way, a retreat and a time of bonding, reflecting, renewal and revival,” Forgey said.
She said many of these kids would be unable to attend a camp if not offered for free.
“To go to a week-long camp is like $250-300,” Forgey said. “There are a lot of families who cannot afford that, particularly if they have more than one child. This is a way to kind of bridge that gap.”
Children and youth have already begun asking Forgey about this year’s camping trips.
She said the extravaganza is meant to help more than the youth.
“When you are in direct sales, it is all about social networking and making those connections. We would love to be able to provide that through this event,” Forgey said.
The event also conveniently falls right before commemorative events and holidays like high school and college graduations, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Forgey said the Shopper’s Extravaganza would be a great place to purchase gifts.
“We would love for this to become an annual event,” Forgey said.
The event is scheduled for April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy gym.
More information can be found by contacting the Salvation Army at 790-5687.