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Big Heap festival partnering with Habitat for Humanity

Staff Report~ 11/5/2014

SCOTTSDALE – Habitat for Humanity has partnered with The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, taking place Nov. 21-23. The non-profit organization will sell vintage items and provide an area for materials and a space for people to buy and paint their own Christmas house ornaments for $3. In addition, Habitat will construct a 4x8 playhouse and sell raffle tickets for $5 or 5 for $20. All proceeds will be split 50/50 between Habitat and The Big Heap’s Pay it Artward program, which will benefit the Foundation for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

According to Big Heap co-founder Mickey Meulenbeek, Habitat for Humanity will deliver the playhouse to the winner and provide a crane to get it into the backyard, if needed.

The Big Heap festival will offer handmade goods, as well as recycled, repurposed, and salvaged items. During the festival, fashion experts will flaunt their flair in hourly parades, emceed by the Hip Historian Marshall Shore, showing everything from glam rock to vintage.

In addition to the regular line up of fashion vendors alongside industrial, retro, upcycled, and antique goods for the home and garden, The Big Heap will keep the lights on opening night on fashion row for a special meet and greet cocktail party, 5-7 p.m., to benefit the Pay it Artward program.

The Big Heap runs Nov. 21-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The entry fee is $7 for adults; children 12 and under are free.

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