Bazaar Times Ahead -- The Crafts Show Season Kicks Into Gear As The Fall And Winter Holidays Approach
Embroidered tea towels, antique oak tables and reproduction rocking chairs with hand-tufted cushions, wind vanes with cows - these are just a few of the thousands of folk art and hand-crafted gifts shoppers will find at the many bazaars and craft sales scheduled in the area this weekend and next.
Since it's almost Halloween, at some of the bazaars you'll find princess and pirate costumes for the kids plus crafty witches and ghosts to hang above a door. Thanksgiving is next, so there are turkey decorations to top your table and harvesty wreaths for your door. And there are the winter gift-giving holidays. How about handmade dolls and doll clothes, wooden trucks and trains, and holiday-embellished bibs and shirts for the little tykes?
"Lots of folks start their holiday shopping now and get it all done before Thanksgiving," says Dallas Starwalt, director of this weekend's Country Crafts Home & Gift Show at Vasa Park Resort at Lake Sammamish. This is the 10th year Vasa Park is hosting the Country Craft show, which features 90 crafters in the 7,000-square-foot harvest-festival-decorated hall. Many of the same crafters - and shoppers - will be back Dec. 3 and 4 for the Country Crafts Christmas Show. ------------------------------------------------------------------- How do you find them?
If you'd like to start your holiday shopping or browsing this weekend, you'll find many bazaars and craft fairs have ads in "The Holiday Bazaar Guide," a $3.95 booklet available at many local craft and grocery stores, including Treasure Houses and Ben Franklin stores, or by mail ($5.93 c/o Gail's Guides, P.O. Box 70323, Bellevue, WA 98007.)
There is also a "Bazaar and Festival Guide" for Southern Washington and Oregon, and an "Old Fashioned Festivals and Community Celebrations Guide" January-December. (The new edition will be out next month, it's $9.25 by mail.)
Author/publisher Gail Folgedalen hosts a free Holiday Bazaar Hotline, 869-8930 that updates events each week.
Other places to find bazaars include The Times classified ads, category 477 (Craft Shows and Bazaars), and bulletin boards at local supermarkets and community centers. ------------------------------------------------------------------- A TRULY BAZAAR LIST
We've gathered a list of this weekend's biggest bazaars, plus a look at next week when there are two major shopping events - The Tacoma Dome Holiday Food and Gift Festival and the Junior League Holiday Gift Mart at Union Station - plus several smaller ones.
Country Crafts Home & Gift Show, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vasa Park Resort, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue. Americana and Victorian folk art, holiday gifts and decorations, collectibles and more, 90 crafters. Demonstrations and food. Free admission (donation box for food for Northwest Harvest).
Lakewold Gardens Holiday Boutique, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Tacoma. Fifty Northwest artists in a juried show at the majestic Lakewold Georgian Mansion. ($3 admission).
The Starving Housewives Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8711 206th Ave. S.E. Snohomish. Juried show of 50 local artists featuring crafts and holiday decorations.
Old Farm House Holiday Boutique, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 15515 N.E. 60th St., Redmond, 25 crafters.
Graham Grange Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Safeway Shopping Center, 22400 Meridian St., Graham.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar, 10 to 4 p.m., 3030 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 30 tables of hand-crafted items plus baked goods and soups.
First Presbyterian Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Crafts, baked goods, candy, plants and antique collectibles.
Bit of Norway Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Southgate Masonic Temple, 1004 S.W. 152nd St., Burien. Scandinavian artifacts, crafts, demonstrations, baked goods, customs.
Gregory Heights PTSA Fall Harvest Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 16216 19th Ave. S.W. Burien, 50 crafters, baked goods and lunch.
Providence Point Fall Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Hall, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., Issaquah. Gifts, crafts, ornaments, plants, bake sale. Refreshments.
The Daughters of the British Empire Bazaar and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Masonic Hall, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds. Crafts, knits, books, white elephants and toys. High tea (lunch) 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ronald United Methodist Church Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 17839 Aurora Ave. N. Crafts, baked goods, books, Kid's Korner and hot lunch.
Today and tomorrow
Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 12:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Shoreline Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E. 25 artisans, dried flowers, crafts, toys, knits and crochets, sewn items, decorations, food.
Russian Artists Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., today; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, 13721 12th St. N.E., Lake Stevens. Crafts, jewelry, marionettes, batiks, toys from 30 artists.
Washington Academy of Performing Arts Holiday Craft Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., crafts and baked goods, 7805 Leary Way N.E., Redmond.
Tacoma Dome Holiday Food and Gift Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through next Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. About 600 booths feature gifts, crafts and food items from 26 states. ($6.50 adults, $5 seniors and students; under 8 free.)
Junior League Holiday Gift Mart, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St. Fifty tables feature crafts, gifts and food items from around the country. Benefits Junior League community projects ($3 admission).
Country Christmas Boutique, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Robinswood Manor and Cabana, Robinswood Park, 2432 148th Ave. S.E., Bellevue. Two buildings of country and holiday gifts by 85 artists, plus food items.
Seattle Weavers' Guild Fall Sale, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Bloedel Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Weavings, clothing, art and more.
Association for Catholic Childhood's Fantasy Fair Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 30. Blanchet High School, 8200 Wallingford Ave. N. Arts, crafts, gifts and baked goods.
Holy Family Catholic Church Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30. At the church gym, 7300 120th Ave. N.E., Kirkland. Eighty craftspeople plus baked goods, lunch and free baby-sitting.
Through Dec. 19: Remlinger Farms Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this month; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November and December, features about 300 crafters selling gifts, decorations and holiday foods. Free admission. (The farm also has its Harvest Festival this weekend and next. A $6 admission includes steam train, tractor and pony rides, puppet shows, a hay jump and maze, a children's haunted house, a moon walk and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 451-8740.)
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