With the immensity of Relay for Life’s Christmas Expo, how in the world can you choose what to write about? I’m at a loss for the answer, so I just decided to let fate make the choices for me as I randomly strolled around, checking out the stores.
First of all, major cudos to ALL of the shops, merchants and service providers who donated their time and products to make this winter fund raising event such a success. Relay for Life continues to support the American Cancer Society’s research efforts to fight cancer, find a cure and make life better for those battling the disease.
There are four sims which comprise the Expo shopping area, done in the style of a Victorian Village. Just walking through the sims is a treat. The buildings were designed and made by Cassie Eldemar, who stepped in to solely complete the assignment when her co-builder had to leave due to family issues. The facades look so real and give the village a look which makes you want to search your inventory for those Victorian clothes you’ve stored away. Add twinkling lights and snow covered landscape and you have a perfect holiday shopping setting, not to mention photo ops galore.
Each sim is sponsored by a premier merchant, which serves as the anchor store. I visited the JOY sim first, sponsored by Black Tulip. Black Tulip was known to me from various grid hunts I’ve engaged in. I found lots of fun items of an instructional and building nature inside the store. In addition to sponsoring the sim, Black Tulip participated further by placing vendors inside their store, with sale proceeds of these items going directly to the ACS. The vendor item I liked was a neat Snow Globe, available either finished or a base that you could use to create your own.
I walked next door into a store called Potomac, which I was not familiar with. I was delighted to find many really cute crafty items. I’m a RL quilt lover, and the red Christmas cutie available in the RFL vendor will be going home with me. Also offered in vendors was a bird house and candle arrangement. Continue reading