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Holiday market supports small businesses

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 11/24/2013 12:58 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Author Adele Elliott normally sells her novel online, but Saturday she found a different way to do so.

"I thought people might buy it for Christmas presents," Elliott said.

She brought it to the Columbus Holiday Market that is held the weekend before Thanksgiving every year.

She said this opportunity is a new experience for her.

"It's kind of exciting and kind of embarrassing," Elliott said.

Elliott, along with others, came to the market to showcase her talents and skills.

"[The market] certainly does support the independent producer or salesperson," Columbus Downtown Main Street Association Volunteer Emilie White said.
Fifteen-year-old Giulia Hintz is among some of the youngest vendors at the market.

She started her own business with her sister at the age of 12.

Hintz said she has learned some valuable lessons while running her business.

"How to make money and handle money, because most kids don't really know," Hintz said.

She said her and her sister make around $200 at the event each year.

"[It allows us to] be able to kind of get out on our own and do something for ourselves without being totally dependent on [our] mom," Hintz said.

Main Street Association volunteers said the event allows community members to discover more about what's in their own backyard.

"I think all of us who have worked here have learned about the various products that are produced," White said.
Community members said the market provides a unique holiday shopping experience.

"We have the opportunity here for people to come and select items for Thanksgiving, [whether] for their Thanksgiving tables or to take with them to family celebrations," White said.
Elliott said the Holiday Market also makes it possible for the community to come together.
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