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

September 22, 2016 | By | Comments (11)

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. 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
  2. Kim

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

    September 24, 2016 at 5:08 am
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Kim G

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

    September 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. jae

    Local food banks. We need to help our neighbors.

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

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

    September 22, 2016 at 10:14 am
  11. 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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