Shop4Charity – CANCELLED

Shop4Charity that was scheduled for Sunday, November 9, 2014 has been cancelled. Vendors who have submitted applications will have their checks returned to them. If your check had already been cashed, I will be contacting you in the next day to make arrangements to issue your refund. Thank you to all of the vendors and crafters that have made our past events a success, and I hope to have an opportunity to work with you again in the future. — Stephanie

Advertising Opportunity During Baby Expo

McGuire - Dix - LakehurstI have the honor of participating in the Baby Expo on the Join Base McGuire – Dix – Lakehurst on Thursday, May 29. Last year, I met more than 200 military families who were new or expecting parents, and had an opportunity to share Raising A Family On A Budget with them, as well as awesome Swag Bags full of coupons, samples, and information from both local and national businesses.

This year, I will be putting together 200 Swag Bags to hand out during this event, and I want to put your business in the bag! All items going into the bags must include either a sample or coupon, something of value, for these military families.

  • Cost is $10 for 200 pieces via PayPal (send as a “gift” to
  • Items going into the bag may not exceed 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (folded sheet of paper)
  • All items must be delivered to me no later than Monday 5/19
  • Only one of each business will be permitted in the bag

Please submit this form to be included in the Swag Bags.

I am also putting together a basket as a door prize for this event.  If you would like to contribute an item for the basket, please email me at

4th Annual Shop4Charity to Benefit Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

taskI am pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Shop4Charity Craft Show & Vendor Fair will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

For more than 30 years, TASK feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

:: Guiding Principals

Food First – Feeding the hungry in the Trenton area is the highest priority for TASK.
Administrative Stability – The administrative resources of TASK will evolve to support both growth and change in leadership.
Opportunity to Serve – TASK will continue to recognize the value of providing an opportunity for volunteers to express their values through service.
Needs-based planning – New programs and services will be developed based on documented needs.
Advocacy and Leadership – TASK will continue to be a leader in informing all segments of the community about hunger in the Trenton area and advocating for programs and policies to alleviate hunger and food insecurity.

We are proud to be working with such a respected organization in our community.  For more information about Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, visit their website.  To participate in Shop4Charity, please submit an application.

{Question of the Day} Does anyone know where I can get an 8′ tablecloth relatively inexpensive?

questionYou can get the flannel backed vinyl ones for about $6 at Walmart and they are reusable. Otherwise, Dollar Tree, Party City, just about anywhere. You can also purchase fabric, including flannel backed vinyl, at Joann’s and other area fabric stores.

Since you need to cover the front of your table to the floor, consider bringing tape or tablecloth clips to attach your tablecloth to the table and keep it from sliding away.

Join Us This Sunday for Shop4Charity!

buttonJoin us this Sunday for Shop4Charity – our 1 day craft show, vendor fair, silent auction & food drive – supporting The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

Their mission:
Partnering with our community to achieve food, housing, and employment stability for our neighbors in need.

From immediate basic needs, to long-term self-sufficiency, the Crisis Ministry’s integrated services form a trusted community presence and stabilizing force for low-income families and individuals across Mercer County. Whether experiencing food insecurity, facing eviction or another housing crisis, or working toward sustainable employment, neighbors turn to the Crisis Ministry during a time of need. Operations in downtown Princeton, downtown Trenton, and south Trenton put the organization within reach from any corner of Mercer County.

To find out more about The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, please visit their website.


tablesEach exhibitor will have one 8′ table similar to that pictured here. You may not bring your own tables into the event, unless you previously made arrangements with me.

All tables must be covered with a table cloth, or cloth & skirt, to the floor. Empty cartons must be stored under your table and not be visible to guests. We will not have table cloths with us that day, so make sure you come prepared.

Free WiFi

Picture 5 00-47-07There will be FREE WiFi access in Conference Room A & B, the reception area and the rotunda. WiFi access does not stretch beyond those areas.

Be aware, like with all WiFi service, once there are a lot of people on it, it slows down or could crash (hasn’t happened in the past, but lets be prepared for the worst). If you need WiFi for running credit cards, bring a backup so that you can still take a person’s payment information and process it again after the event if necessary.

Donation Drop Off Locations

wish listWe will be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries during Shop4Charity.

To make it easier for people to donate, we have three donation drop off locations for you to drop off items now through Friday, November 1st.

RWJ Center for Health & Wellness – Conference Center
Quakerbridge Road – Mercerville, NJ
Drop off daily during gym hours. The donation bin is located in the Conference Center portion of the facility.


The Huston Residence
344 Hillcrest Ave – Morrisville, PA
Please leave donations on the front porch.

Office of Joyce Venis
178 Tamarak Circle – Skillman, NJ
Drop off Monday through Friday.

If your business or office would like to host a collection drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, please comment below and I will happily drop off a donation bin to your location & will pick it up again on November 1st or 2nd.


{Update} Participating Vendors & Crafters

Here is the list of participating crafters & vendors as of Sunday 9/15:

Berkley Baby Creations
Canvas Mixers
Cookie Lee
Creatively Obsessed
Crocheted Creations
Darilynn’s Handmade Jewelry
Happy Face Gifts
* It Works!
Joy’s Jewels
Lemongrass Spa
* Mary Kay
Mialisia Jewelry
Miche Bags
Origami Owl
Pampered Chef
* Peanuts Bows & More
* Pink Zebra
Pixie & Pirate Destinations
Tastefully Simple
Whitehouse Woodworking

There are still booths available.  At this time, we are not accepting any more jewelry crafters/vendors.  If you are interested in participating, please print this application and mail it out as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, contact

Businesses with a (*) are pending.