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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 | 22 comments

Holiday Giveaway #1: A Show of Hands

Holiday Giveaway #1: A Show of Hands

It’s giveaway time! We’ve partnered with several members of the Del Ray Business Association to create the Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway. Throughout the month of December, we’ll announce eight giveaways with shops in the Del Ray neighborhood. Keep reading to find out how to enter! Our first giveaway is from A Show of Hands.

Pat Miller and Maria Wasowski opened A Show of Hands (located at 2301 Mt Vernon Ave.) in 2005 to showcase artists living and working in Del Ray and the surrounding neighborhoods. With its front door always open, even on cold winter days, it’s a go-to shop for unique gifts and an inviting place to explore a wide selection of handmade arts.


Jewelry, pottery, fibre arts, paint and upcycled crafts — there’s something for everyone in this corner shop in the heart of Del Ray.





The inventory is constantly changing with over 200 artists represented.



Twinkling lights adorn the front window this time of year with sparkling stained glass, handmade ornaments and holiday decor dazzling passersby.




A mural went up on the side of the building during Art on the Avenue in October letting creativity shine inside and out.


And now for the giveaway… To enter, comment on this post and tell us one thing — how you’d use the gift certificate, why you like this shop or why you like the holidays in Del Ray. Not sure? Just make something up!

PRIZE: One (1) $25 gift certificate to A Show of Hands.
DEADLINE: Friday, December 6, 5pm EST.
WINNER: One lucky winner will be chosen by and notified by email. We’ll also announce the winner on this blog post and our social sites — make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional notice.
PRIZE REDEEMABLE: Gift certificate can be picked up at A Show of Hands located at 2301 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us one thing — how you’d use the gift certificate, why you like this shop or why you like the holidays in Del Ray. One comment per person please — comments are moderated so you might need to wait to see yours on the site.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE: This giveaway is open to anyone who can pick up the gift certificate in person. This is part of a series of holiday giveaways, and if you win one of the Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway prizes, you are ineligible to win others in this series.

See our complete terms and conditions page for more details. Stay tuned for more giveaways during the month of December!


  1. I’d use the $25 gift certificate toward my holiday shopping at “Show of Hands”.

  2. I love ” a show of hands”! They have such unique and beautiful items; I would love a gift certificate to purchase a gift for a friend.

  3. I can always count on finding a lovely gift at A Show of Hands.

  4. This is one of my “go-to” shops on the Avenue when I need a last-minute gift. I always find something that is just right!

  5. Hello, holiday shopping!!

  6. i’ve gotten some great gifts from Show of Hands!

  7. I enjoy shopping at small, locally owned places that showcase local crafters and artists.

  8. Ooh- fun earrings for my mom or handmade toys for my kids … or something just for me!

  9. My coworker loves this store. She is retiring this year and I know I can find the perfect holiday gift for her here.

  10. Those elf doors are adorable!

  11. I would use the gift certificate to buy the elf door for my daughter’s fairy garden.

  12. I love Show of Hands because the hand crafted things spark my own creativity and offer me instant gratification when I just can’t wait to make something myself.

  13. I would use the give certificate to buy an amazing Christmas present for me!! I have not had the pleasure of visiting this amazing looking store, but will make sure it is on my to do list soon!!!

  14. I would use the $25 for holiday gift shopping!

  15. Maria and Pat have created a community, welcoming artisans and shoppers who invest their efforts and money into making Alexandria a better place. Thanks, friends.

  16. We are a military family and will be PCSing in the summer. It would be great to have the gift certificate to get something from the shop to remind us of our time here.

  17. Love the store. I would just the gift certificate to buy one of the gorgeous leather bracelets!

  18. I would buy handmade jewelry

  19. I would use the gift certificate to buy one of the carved eggs at A Show of Hands

  20. I would use it to buy a new planter.

  21. I didn’t know much about this store before the post, but I’ll be stopping in for Christmas shopping because I appreciate having access to the works of a variety of local artisans all in one place. These crafts make great gifts both for people who “have everything” and for people who still need a few things but don’t want it all to be the same mass-produced stuff they could have found anywhere or ordered for themselves online!

  22. I just bought a handmade hat and scarf here! I love this venue for artistic craftspeople in the area… and have found great gifts for others… and myself(!) here. Thanks to Pat and Maria and their wonderful staff for making this happen. Such a great store!