Shopping until you drop allows you to satisfy buying impulses, practice fire-safety techniques, and take a nap in the middle of a mattress store with no questions asked. Spend then snooze with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one general-admission multi-day ticket to Holiday Mart 2011, presented by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. The event will be held at Bartle Hall and the ticket is valid for general shopping on the following days:
- Thursday, October 20 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The rows of booths at the Holiday Mart attract more than 22,000 shoppers each year and display an assortment of clothing, jewelry, and gifts from more than 200 retailers. One general-admission ticket grants guests four days of shopping to peruse seasonal styles and buy early presents for upcoming holidays, birthdays, or Thursdays. Bartle Hall's red carpets guide amblers through and around the center, with the shopping spot nestled around downtown Kansas City's business, theater, and entertainment district. Free lot parking and shuttle service whisks shoppers to and from vehicles to drop bags in the trunk and bring back seats to outfit with more fashionable belts. Last year's event raised more than $660,000 for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri's community projects.
Junior League of Kansas City
The Junior League of Kansas City has donated more than $14 million and 2.2 million hours of time since its founding in 1914. Spearheading these efforts are the nonprofit organization’s now 1,400 female members, all of whom are committed to their volunteer work and to encouraging others to donate their time as well. Their sheer numbers allow the ladies to form 700-on-700 pickup basketball games and to spread out across the community to get a pulse on current issues in need of attention—currently, children’s nutrition and fitness. To help support their efforts, these stalwart altruists host fundraisers throughout the year. Since it began in 1988, Holiday Mart has helped to raise more than $8 million for Kansas City community projects.