Gift Bag Giveaway from The Mercantile: Commerce, Cause, & Community

September 22, 2016 | By | Comments (24)

merc Gift Bag Giveaway from The Mercantile: Commerce, Cause, & Community

If you’re a socially conscious shopper, you’ll absolutely love Nashville’s newest event. The Mercantile, happening September 25, is an upscale flea market-esque sale that brings together commerce, cause, and community at the Mercy Lounge. Shoppers will peruse through items from brands that all, in some way, give back. Brands like Hand In Hand (giving clean water to children in need), The Giving Keys (employing those transitioning from homelessness), Sseko Designs (sending Ugandan girls to college), and Cheeky Home (giving meals to those in need) will all be featured at the ticketed event.

Curating The Mercantile is former HGTV Secrets From A Stylist star Emily Henderson. We sat down with the stylist to ask her about her passion for giving back.

What is the Mercantile?
Emily: The Mercantile is a cause-based community retail entertainment experience. It’s 1/2 party, 1/2 shopping, all fun, and celebrates companies with causes behind them. We want people to have fun, with the added bonus that they can shop knowing that every purchase they make goes towards a company that gives back.

Why do you feel passionate about the event?
Emily: I joined the Mercantile because I believe in the power and ability of commerce to do good. I loved the idea of supporting companies that empower the larger community and also the consumer, by giving them a great option to give back through their purchasing power. The more we can support and spread the word about these companies, the more it can become common for people to expect that brands are socially conscious.

Why Nashville?
Emily: Launching in Nashville was a no-brainer because of all the amazing things happening here. The sense of community the city offers is palpable, and makes the city such a special place. It truly feels like a fun city, full of artistic people doing interesting things, making beautiful pieces with a unique level of community support.

What are you most excited about?
Emily: I love the opportunity to inspire more companies to follow in their charitable, forward-thinking footsteps, and to share with consumers the abundant and diverse amount of well-crafted merchandise out there. The quality does not and is not sacrificed in order to be cause-based, so everyone from the artist to the consumer to the community wins.

What causes will the event be benefitting?
Emily: The full list of brands contribute to a wide variety of causes, from creating jobs and sustainable communities in Uganda and Peru,to helping create jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness into full-time employment, to education, cancer research, and human rights issues. Another great part of the Mercantile is that it gives people a chance to dive further into issues once they learn more more about the causes behind the retail experience, or to know that they can simply help with purchases they can be excited about.

In honor of The Mercantile, one lucky winner will take home a loaded Society B Gift Bag, containing a 31 Bits Daphne Bracelet, Hand in Hand White Tea Soap, Hand in Hand White Tea Lip Balm, The Giving Keys’ Dream Necklace, pins from Love Everywhere, a Brave Bracelet from Sseko Designs, a $50 gift card to Jonas Paul Eyewear, Metallic Leather Earrings from Raven & Lily, an alpaca blanket OR fedora from Equal Uprise, a Serve Bowl from Cheeky Home, and a coin purse OR leather bracelet from Spencer Devine (total retail value approximately $500).

What causes are near to your heart, and why? Comment below for a chance to win this awesome gift bag. Official rules here.

The Mercantile will also be coming to Detroit October 16, and to Los Angeles December 4.


  1. buzz8 (@buzz8)

    Homeless animals. It is so sad how many animals are put down because of overcrowding and owners that don’t get them spade/neutered. It breaks my heart as they only want to be loved.

    October 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm
  2. Laura

    I have two causes that are both equally dear to my heart and that is all girls and boys who either by neglect, abandonment, sexual or emotional abuse need a safe home to live in. Girls Haven in our area provides a caring environment for girls from the age of 6 to 17. If a girl residing at the home wants to pursue a college degree then the home helps them to obtain scholarships so they can go on to college after high school to achieve that. The ultimate goal is to support the girls so that they can have a promising future on their own! A couple of times a year some of the ladies in my church go up to the home to visit and we bring with us bags of sample makeup that local stores have donated to the girls and we let them each pick a few favorites to keep. While we are there we also paint their nails and just try to make it a fun day for them since most of the girls don’t have any contact with their birth mom’s..:-(

    The at risk boys who are between the ages of 5 and 17 in our community are taken in at Boys Haven so that they can be raised to become responsible, independent men. They also can receive support until the age of 22 if they choose to go on to college after high school. The Boys Haven community believes that “every boy deserves a safe home” and they have continued that mission for over seventy five years by keeping that dream alive for all young men who need help. Both homes have several fundraisers each year on top of private donations such as golf tournaments, gumbo cook-offs, breakfast with Santa, dinner/auctions and a crawfish festival! Every year a huge local fair is held for 2 weeks and a large portion of the proceeds is split between each of these homes. All throughout the year my family and others in the community love knowing that when we go to these different fundraising events that we are supporting the kids in our very own community!

    One of the neatest things that me and my husband did recently was to donate a late model car of ours to the Boys Haven home that is used by some of the older boys to get them back and forth to work. It makes me smile every time I see my Nana’s old Buick being driven down the road by someone who truly appreciates it! 🙂 It was a tax write-off for us to donate the car and the home uses the cars that citizens donate to teach the kids how to drive so that when they are ready to move out they will have their drivers license, hopefully a good job and be ready to live on their own!

    September 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  3. Lisa Lila Catania

    It is so important to spend quality time with your own children, and those children that require special attention, due to limiting circumstances. “The amazing, and life changing support provided by children’s hospices and palliative care charities across the UK offers a lifeline to families under incredible pressure. This support gives these families the space they need to simply spend time together, which is so important in the most difficult times imaginable.”

    September 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  4. Kathryn

    The cause nearest my heart is Second Harvest of East Tennessee. There are so many things I like about this charitable organization! Their Food Rescue program gathers prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants, schools, groceries and growers with excess produce! Another great program is The Giving Garden which is used to help feed elders.

    There are some great volunteer opportunities as well. You can host a food or fund drive, glean fields (check!), or help at special events.

    As a public school teacher in a Title 1 school, I see first hand the need! So many students only get fed at school. The elders in our community may forget to eat and food brought to them helps them stay healthy. Second Harvest of East Tennessee provides a hands-on way to give back in your community.

    September 29, 2016 at 10:26 am
  5. karen s

    The cause nearest and dearest to my heart is the education, prevention, and intervention of domestic violence. No one ever thinks they will become a victim of domestic abuse. But I know firsthand how easily it can happen and how difficult it can be to seek help. I, along with my community, support a local organization known as WISH (Women in Safe Homes). They provide intervention, shelter, food, and emergency assistance for victims and so much more. Focusing on prevention, they offer education to teens, both male and female, in an attempt to help them identify those behaviors indicative of abuse. While I am not proud to say that I have been a victim, I am also not ashamed. And no one should be.

    September 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm
  6. Claire Klein

    As a native West Virginian, I am particularly moved by the plight of the rural poor–who, as I often sadly say, are America’s forgotten people. Isolated by mountains and backroads, social stigma and socioeconomic barriers, the rural poor in my beloved Appalachia are not the folks you see getting new computer packages for their schools from a national talk show mogul on primetime TV or receiving a huge donation from a large computer company to use for updating their technology. No, instead these are people who face shortages of teachers, adequate healthcare, substance abuse help, food deserts, and access to the technology and infrastructure they need (and deserve) to live as productive, 21st century citizens. And since they aren’t the people whose struggles attract media-worthy attention, they press on with their stories unnoticed and their needs unaddressed. It’s my pledge to continue to be an advocate for positive change in the revitalization and restoration of rural towns, a positive voice amidst the conversation of Appalachian stereotypes, and relentless change-seeker for those in need.

    September 26, 2016 at 9:57 am
  7. Linda Haley

    I want to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking, whether it is sex trafficking or forced labor. There are more slaves now than anytime in human history. 30 million is one estimate of the number of our fellow human beings who are treated as chattel. Many of them are women and children. I encourage everyone to put the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1888 373 7888 in your cell phone contacts in case you think you may have discovered a victim. The International Justice Mission is one of many organizations committed to raising awareness and rescuing victims of human trafficking.

    September 25, 2016 at 11:43 pm
  8. Mary Z

    My life is going to the dogs. Yep, that’s my passion. Came to loving dogs later on in life–mid 40’s to be exact and haven’t looked back. Dog rescue came naturally as there are so many good dogs who need to be rehomed. My soft spot is for senior Shiba Inu’s and I’ve had 3 now. BamBam, my current rescue, is 11 going on 12 years young and is wonderful accomplice in the escapades of life and love. He’s auditioning for best dog ever on a college campus (my idea for him) and helps students, seniors and children be their best selves. All from the love of a dog.

    September 25, 2016 at 8:06 pm
  9. Lilli Keinaenen

    Wish I was in Nashville right now!

    September 25, 2016 at 11:14 am
  10. Hope

    Looking forward to learning more and supporting their missions. Also thanks for hosting The Shadowboxers before my bedtime!

    September 25, 2016 at 9:27 am
  11. Kristin Michalski

    Love everything Emily

    September 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
  12. rusthawk

    The cause nearest to my heart is that of protecting and safekeeping homeless and/or abused animals.

    September 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  13. Janice

    My friend and co-worker’s son has been battling childhood cancer for the past few years. Our small, rural town has raised money to pay for travel to/from the medical center where he received his treatments 5 hours away from our town. We’ve all been collecting, sewing and knitting fun, kid-friendly hats for him to wear during these trying times and alternating babysitting his siblings when the parents are away or need a break. Most impressive to me, is my colleagues all donating their PTO to the family when they’re away for his treatments. Cancer steals so much from people and it breaks my heart the most when it steals childhood from kids who didn’t do anything to deserve it.

    September 24, 2016 at 7:18 pm
  14. Julie

    My passion (and now my career) is working with people with disabilities. I’ve witnessed so many inspirational people doing things that they “shouldn’t” be able to do based on their disability. From them, I’ve learned it is not what we have or do not have, but how we respond to life’s many challenges.

    September 24, 2016 at 10:39 am
  15. Kim

    We participate in Relay for Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

    September 24, 2016 at 5:08 am
  16. Susan H.

    The Children’s Miracle Network is a cause I support. I believe our young people are the future of our country and need all the chance they can get to be healthy.

    September 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm
  17. Meghan

    I really like to support our local animal shelters, as well as women and children’s shelters

    September 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  18. Kim G

    Clean water for all! We who have it just take it for granted!!

    September 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  19. Lynn Welch

    The education of children is the cause closest to my heart. I taught middle school students for 28 years and shared with them the difference education made in my life, and I have remained involved in education since my retirement. Education impacts families for generations. When I convince a child of the importance of education, I’ve made a difference not only in the life of the child but in the lives of his or her family members for generations.

    September 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm
  20. Anna Robertson

    I love causes that impact women and girls, because when you lift up the quality of life of a woman you are lifting up the quality of life for her family. And who among us wouldn’t be here without our mamas?

    September 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  21. Kathleen

    Our local shelter for homeless, expectant moms. It’s one of the few places homeless moms-to-be can live & bring along any older children they have, too. The shelter helps them through the pregnancy & delivery & finds them permanent housing & job connections.

    September 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  22. jae

    Local food banks. We need to help our neighbors.

    September 22, 2016 at 11:57 am
  23. Cindy D.

    I always support anything related to pet rescue and humane society.

    September 22, 2016 at 10:14 am
  24. kimberly fiscus

    Child and animal abuse. I cannot understand how people can hurt a child or animal who are both innocents. I feel we should all step up and protect them and say stuff when we see it.

    September 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

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