Gifts and accessories show adds fundraisers

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The fall Tupelo Furniture Market gets underway Aug. 14-17, and for the fifth year, the concurrent Furniture, Gift & Home Accessories Show will take place.

The furniture market trade show is open to registered retail buyers only in Buildings II-VI, but the FGHAS is open to the public in Building I.

The Furniture, Gift & Home Accessories Show features appliances, jewelry, clothing and other fashion-related items.

The Show also is adding three fundraising elements this year.

Tupelo High School’s booster club, The Salvation Army and Hospice House will be raising funds prior to and during the four days of the event. In addition, North Mississippi Health Services will host a free Health Fair on Aug. 14.

“One of our missions at the Tupelo Furniture Market is to do good for the community,” said TFM President Kevin J. Seddon. “We wanted to reach out to key groups and organizations and ask that they partner with us and help create a special type of community event – an event that offers a great shopping experience, but also gives back to the residents of the region.”

Tupelo High School students and boosters began selling raffle tickets recently. Winners will be drawn each day of the show. Prizes include a 10- carat amethyst ring set in 14 carat gold, a mink vest, 40-inch LED HDTV, a five-piece patio furniture set, formal dining room furniture, a lawn mower, a washer and dryer set and more.

The Salvation Army and Sanctuary Hospice House will promote the event in advance and will be onsite all four days of the show.

“Our hope is that the community will come out and support these fine charities and also Tupelo High School,” said Adam Cleveland, the market’s COO. “It can often be difficult for organizations such as these to get in front of a large group, so our hope is that we can bring Tupelo residents to them.”

In addition to raffle prizes, there will be door prizes and the third “Sparkles & Spirits” party, a fashion event showcasing local companies’ clothing and accessory lines.

Kay Bain will entertain the crowd Aug. 14, and the band WishBone will play the evening of Aug. 15 and the afternoon of Aug. 16.

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