After a five-year hiatus, Design Ideas is bringing back its holiday store to Springfield. All the merchandise is sold at a loss and Design Ideas covers the overhead to operate the store so that all proceeds can be donated to local charities. The four nonprofit organizations splitting this year’s sales are The Animal Protective League, Helping Hands of Springfield, Hoogland Center for the Arts and Sparc. Since its inception in 2006, the Design Ideas Holiday Store has donated more than $130,000 to local charities.
Andy Van Meter, president and founder of Design Ideas, describes the holiday store as a labor of love. “It’s a great way to give back to our community and support great causes while providing unbelievable values to area shoppers. After saving up five years of unique designer samples and leftover inventory from some of the world’s best retailers, we’re happy to have accumulated an amazing assortment to offer the community.”
The Design Ideas Holiday Store will be located in the former Shop ‘n Save building at 1755 Wabash Ave. The store will open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 15, with operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to holiday decor, shoppers will find stocking stuffers, home decorations and items to help organize the home.
Design Ideas creates, manufactures and globally markets more than 2,000 accessories for the home and office.