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Archive for Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Bazaar slated for Sunday

November 16, 2012

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Bill Collins, of Lawrence, a jeweler and silversmith, works on some of his unique Kansas pendants Wednesday in his home studio. Collins will have pendants, pins, earrings and other jewelry for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the 36th annual Holiday Bazaar at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

Bill Collins, of Lawrence, a jeweler and silversmith, works on some of his unique Kansas pendants Wednesday in his home studio. Collins will have pendants, pins, earrings and other jewelry for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the 36th annual Holiday Bazaar at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

The Holiday Bazaar is coming up Sunday, and local craftmakers are working full blast to cater to the 4,500 to 5,000 people expected to attend the 36th annual event.

This year’s bazaar will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

“There have been a lot of late nights,” said Ellie Berland, who will be selling customized mugs and vinyl decals with her mother.

Berland is just one of 130 vendors who will sell holiday-themed goods at the bazaar.

“People seem to be enthusiastic to getting to the shows, and that’s a good thing for artists working on their own trying to make a living,” jewelry and silversmith Bill Collins said.

This is Collins’ first Holiday Bazaar, which is organized by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.

The Lawrence Children’s Choir Ambassadors will entertain the crowd with holiday songs.

“It’s a great way of starting the holiday season off,” said Duane Peterson, parks and recreation special even supervisor. “It’s a way of people gathering together to start off the season and socialize as well.

“Artists coming from across the Midwest selling specialty items for the holiday season alone would be enough to get me out.”

Comments

George_Braziller 1 year, 10 months ago

I have vowed to never exhibit at another Parks and Rec event ever again. They're poorly organized and sometimes not even advertised. I was at the Holiday Bazaar last year and attendance was dismal.

I started packing up two hours early because attendance was so bad. The other vendors around me must have been thinking the same thing but no one wanted to make the first move. Once I began moving things out it started a flood of vendors cutting their losses and getting out of there. All the vendors around me said they'd never be back for another one.

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Thenewjanbrady 1 year, 10 months ago

How odd, I was a vendor at the holiday bazaar last year and did quite well. Perhaps that goes to show that if you make quality items that people want to buy, they will. If not, you pack up two hours early and complain about it being the show's fault.

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George_Braziller 1 year, 10 months ago

Quality items? I regularly have several hundred dollars in sales every other place I exhibit. At Parks and Rec events I'm lucky to make enough to even cover the entry fee. I've been at four of them and they've all been a bust. I can make more working at home filling wholesale orders.

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