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Banner business at area bazaars
Mid-November has many Whidbey Islanders already thinking about the Christmas season and last Saturday, several churches and other organizations in Oak Harbor hosted their annual holiday bazaars.
Whidbey Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church (that Rev. David Lura said is the oldest house of worship in the city), were packed with eager folks looking for that special something to give as a present or a unique item to decorate their own residences.
At Whidbey Presbyterian, church member Cori Figgens was having a difficult time making her selection from all the items Hazel Shipman and Anita Juan had laid out on their table.
“I’m having a good time. Looking is half the fun,” Figgins said.
Fran Schultz’ table was stocked with all kinds of goodies and Suzanne McCrea from Oak Harbor found herself in an equally difficult dilemma.
Someone suggested she purchase one of everything, which caused both vendor and patron to laugh.
A few folks have the wrong assumption that the bazaar crowd is made up mostly of senior citizens. Saturday’s turnout was proof-positive that they are mistaken.
Many school-age and younger children were observed walking among the tables, their eyes wide with wonderment as they viewed the colorful items for sale.
Some were even younger, like a 9-month-old named Emmeyln, who was having a good time sucking on a pacifier while being wheeled around in a stroller by her great-grandmother, Pauline Ryan.
“Her mother is around here someplace shopping,” Ryan said, as she and her great-granddaughter paused for a moment at one of the tables.
First United always hosts one of the bigger bazaars in Oak Harbor and Pastor Lura said this year is no exception.
“This is a big community event where a lot of folks turn out,” he said. “We even have people helping out who go to other churches.”
Lura said despite moving this year’s bazaar up two weeks, they still enjoyed a good turnout.
“Our bazaar used to be the first Friday in December,” he said. “A big part of our bazaar is selling Christmas wreaths and that’s such a labor-indusive project.”
Lura said they used to make the wreaths the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving, but this year they are taking orders for the wreaths.
“We did this to kind of relieve some of the pressure from trying to do it all at once,” he said.
Barb Dumit from Oak Harbor was one of the patrons placing her order for a wreath.
“Today, I’m checking out all the bazaars in town,” she said.
Manning the wreath-ordering table were First United church members Patty Cohick and Janann Roodzant.
“We’ve just about sold all the wreaths we could,” Roodzant said. “We have the best ones in town.”
The bazaar season is dwindling to an end, but it’s not over yet. The Coupeville United Methodist Women host their annual Christmas bazaar Saturday, Dec. 6.