by Jordan Green



There was a time when holiday shopping was a marathon that began with a scramble on Black Friday and continued through the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve as the last stragglers grabbed discounted items on the shelves.

Now, it’s become more like a multievent track and field meet, with different staging areas for different inclinations. Discretionary spending is supposed to reflect our values and priorities, and commerce is expected to build community. In keeping with that spirit, there are holiday shopping events designed to promote good causes and keep wealth circulating within local communities.

Greyhound Friends of North Carolina hosts a community shopping event at Ten Thousand Villages at Jefferson Village shopping center in Greensboro on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages provides a market for artisans in developing countries. Fifteen percent of sales during this event benefit greyhounds awaiting adoption.

The Glenwood Holiday Bazaar takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Recreation Center in Greensboro. Vendors with handcrafted items, baked goods and pumpkin lattes are among the offerings.

Billed as the “largest indoor indie craft fair in downtown Greensboro,” the Hand-to- Hand Holiday Market pops up on Dec. 2 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Elm Street Center. The bar will be open.