Sure, you could do all of your shopping at the big-box stores, filling your cart with cheap plastic whatsits and mass-manufactured whatevers. Or, you could take a soul-rejuvenating respite from the world's MegaMarts (and their terrible, M.C. Escher-inspired parking lots) and do today's shopping at the Gypsy Caravan
. This annual shopping fair, presented by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association and located on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1 University Boulevard at Natural Bridge Road), is always stocked with treasures. Peruse crafts, antiques and fun flea-market items from more than 300 vendors from twelve states. Bargain hunting is known to whip up a serious case of the hungries 'n' thirsties, but don't fret: Both food and beverage are available at the Gypsy Caravan. The fun begins at 9 a.m. (although early birds are welcome to pounce on deals beginning at 7 a.m.) and lasts through 5 p.m. Early bird shoppers pay $20 for the privilege of first access to the good stuff; from 9 a.m. on, tickets are $5 (with children under twelve getting in free). Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Symphony's education and community programs. Call 314-286-4452 or visit www.stlsymphony.org/gypsycaravan
for more information.
Mon., May 30, 2011