Sunday, December 3
11:30 am - 1 pm
Central Campus Cafeteria
1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Open and free to everyone!

Christmas can still change the world! 

By giving more creatively and thoughtfully, and spending just a little less at the mall, we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. The Advent Shop helps individuals create and purchase gifts that will inspire and make an impact. Gifts will range from locally made, justice oriented, socially conscious and handmade goods. 

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Gifts with heart!

A portion of all sales will go to provide clean sanitation for people in El Salvador through our work with ENLACE. Bad sanitation is one of the world's biggest killers. It affects women, children and the old and sick the most. Our goal is to help raise $20,000 to provide life-saving latrines and waste management education to 40 families in El Salvador.

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2017 Advent Shop Vendors

BecauseHope  |  Stephie Berg
BecauseHope was founded to bring hope to others by supporting a local organization that seeks to rescue young girls from sex trafficking. You will find high quality designer handmade knits that will keep you cozy in the coldest of months ( not to mention they make great gifts too!). Help support this wonderful cause with each purchase you make! Instagram:

Crossrose Creations  |  Becky Jarvis
Crossrose Creations is made up of mom, daughter, and granddaughter working together to have fun and make a little extra cash. Mom’s money goes to support her husband on his overseas missions trips. They will offer a selection of coasters, sweater pumpkins, burp cloths, crib sheets and other handmade items. 

Yarns by Noelle  |  Noelle Wagner
Sells Amigurumi, which are crocheted stuffed figures, mostly animals.

Handmade by Heijerman | Sara Heijerman
Sara is a crafter at heart who loves to make homemade gifts! She'll be selling her folded books or book origami - a fun craft that looks great in home decor! What's better to spruce up a bookshelf than a decorative book?

Essentially Made products | Rachael Stokka
Essentially Made products are natural products infused with certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. They are natural solutions to everyday living.

Scarves by Jane
Jane will be selling hand-sewn faux fur scarves.

Beza Threads  |  Elizabeth Carman
Beza Threads help bring redemption and freedom to the enslaved, providing rehabilitation and job training to give them a sustainable future. We support organizations and former slaves by bringing their products to the marketplace. Each scarf is hand-crafted by teenagers in our program and takes seven hours to create. Buy a scarf for $30 and pay for one day on the path to freedom.

Sophia Stewart & Mia Anderson
Selling baked goods.

Graystitch  |  Jaime Tessman
Graystitch is a 100% handmade clothing line based in Des Moines, Iowa. We specialize in newborn- 6T dresses, leggings, tops and cardigans.

The Gateway Church  |  Kids’ Craft Table
Be sure to have the little ones stop by the Craft Table to create something festive!  

Ohjilly Jewelry | Jill Staniger
Perfectly, imperfect. Metal & Leather Jewelry locally made by Jill Staniger. 
Instagram: Ohjillyjewelry

Rustiq Charm | Kelsey Contreras
Rustiq Charm sells a variety of handmade signs and blocks to display in your home. We will also be selling growth chart rulers to track your little one's height.

Round Robin Restyle | DeAnn Puente
Round Robin Restyle is the home of cozy mittens and other great stuff made from wool sweaters. We are doing our part to create things that are pretty and useful from cast-off items.

Stephen's Leather Goods | Stephen Groenenboom
Hobby turned part time business - Stephen loves to collaborate and create! He will be selling handmade leather goods including journal covers, wallets, watch bands, and leather accessories. 


Wildtree  |  LeAnn Thongvanh
Selling all natural food products and meal solutions for busy families. Wildtree is a meal solutions company- we help busy families get simple, healthy meals on the table in no time.  We offer a variety of products to help families make meals fast, fresh, or make ahead of time with our freezer meal workshops.  Check out these options plus get tons of recipes as well as more information about our organic product line at

Handiwork | Kristy Heilman
Handiwork is a home-based business born out of the love to create. I'm a wife and mom in Iowa hoping to inspire creativity and provide some beauty in the lives of others. All designs are original. We sell original PDF embroidery patterns, finished hand embroidery pieces and some custom hand embroidery pieces.

Lutheran Services in Iowa
LSI Refugee Community Services will be selling refugee artwork including hand-knit table runners, scarves, framed pictures, and potholders. These crafts are all made by refugees in their program and will support future field trips and craft supplies for participants.

Renli | Kylie Groenenboom
Renli is a small but mighty Interior Design studio located right here in Des Moines. We specialize in residential design and are passionate about what we do. We've crafted a handful of homegood items that resonate with our design style and would make a great addition to any home.