By Jessica Farrish
Many adults remember the special magic that happened in their local elementary school at Christmas time. Snow-flakes were painstakingly cut from construction paper, and Rudolph handpuppets adorned the walls. The hallways and cafeteria buzzed with anticipation as kids and teachers counted down to winter break.
The Maxwell Hill Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is inviting everyone to come start the festive season Saturday at its school with the Third Annual Shopping Bazaar.
Rather than make shoppers schlep from festival to festival, craft fair to craft fair or click from site to site, the PTO has brought together dozens of vendors who are offering specialized gifts inside the school.
Shoppers aren’t going to encounter run-of-the-mill items that can be picked up just anywhere, said Angela Trzicak-Mullins, a PTO member.
“It’s so many unique items that you can’t go get at the mall, you can’t get at a department store,” said Trzicak-Mullins. “These are crafters and people that make things.
“We’re going to have a huge variety of jewelry and baskets, bags, unique foods ... the type of items that you just don’t see every day out there,” she added.
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At the Stella & Dot station, anyone with a jewelry lover on their list will find gifts for all ages and occasions, from career and evening pieces to little girls’ jewelry sets that make perfect stocking stuffers.
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Other vendors include Bliss Bling & Sassy Things, Mary Kay, Paparazzi, Tastefully Simple, Pink Zebra and Pampered Chef.
Crafters will also bring primitives and other unique, handmade gifts that won’t be available in stores on online.
In the spirit of the holiday season, dozens of door prizes, donated by vendors and area businesses, are up for grabs, said Trzicak-Mullins.
Food will also be available, contributing to the festivities.
PTO President Bethany Czapor explained that she worked with a former PTO president to start the bazaar tradition, which raises funds for student and classroom needs that arise throughout the school year.
“We started it together as a fundraiser, a different direction than selling cookie dough and wrapping paper, so our kids don’t have to go door-to-door,” she said. “We feel it’s safer.
“Each year, it has gotten more and more successful,” added Czapor.
Last year, she said, the bazaar raised around $1,800, which was spent on teacher appreciation and activities for the kids.
This year, parents are hoping to raise enough money for new playground equipment.
A limited amount of vendor space is still available, according to organizers.
“We take no percentage from any of the vendors,” reported Czapor.
Doors will open early for those who want to get a head start on Saturday shopping.
The bazaar will be at Maxwell Hill Elementary from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is free.
For more information, contact Czapor at 304-617-2511 or Trzicak-Mullins at 304-237-2759.
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