Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Annual Holiday Bazaar set for Saturday at Jerome


By DEBBIE GILLUM
Wednesday December 3, 2014 9:37 AM
Jerome's Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 6

Written for Dublin Villager weekly newspaper, part of ThisWeek Community News
Original article can be found here

Dublin area residents looking for holiday gifts for family and friends should make sure not to miss this year's Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Dec. 6, at Dublin Jerome High School.

The Commons in Jerome will be transformed into a wintery craft marketplace for the sixth year in a row. More than 115 tables will fill the commons. There is no admission charge to enter the bazaar.

Funds raised from the bazaar will support PTO sponsored programs at Jerome such as Challenge Day, Baccalaureate for graduating Seniors, After-Prom activities and teacher appreciation events.

This year's vendors will be selling handcrafted necklaces, earrings and bracelets; toys; doll clothes; Ohio State University memorabilia; Dublin high school spirit wear and jewelry; holiday centerpieces and ornaments; headbands; totes; pet treats; toys and accessories; lap blankets; purses; candles; and other gift items.

"I'm amazed at the quality and prices our vendors offer," said Carole Kinkopf, co-chairwoman of the bazaar.

"It's truly a one stop shopping opportunity for everyone on your holiday gift list," she said.

Christina Laivins, from Christina's Boutique and Designs, said the Holiday Bazaar is a great place to see new things and meet friendly people

"I'll be selling handmade jewelry, handmade cards, dog items and much more," Laivins said.

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"This year, I'll have a Stampin'Up! booth so people can see all the new items to craft with," she said.

Laivins said she thinks it's going to be a great year and she's excited.

For the third year in a row, a special Jerome-themed ornament will be offered.

The "Celtic Christmas" themed ornaments are available in white or gold and were designed by the Special Education Class at Jerome, with the help of their teacher, Jeff Rice.

Bazaar co-chairwoman Michelle Stevensen was a driving force behind the ornament initiative, according to Kinkopf.

Stevenson first got involved in the Holiday Bazaar because she really enjoyed the poinsettias, but the experience has become much more than just about flowers.

"I've met some really nice moms and I have four children in Dublin City Schools, so I think it's a great way to give back to the community," she said.

Stevenson oversees volunteer scheduling and poinsettia and ornament sales.

Stevenson said that this year, "we've increased pre-sales of ornaments and poinsettias by 100 percent."

There will be direct selling vendors from Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Avon, Touchstone Crystal, Scentsy, Lia Sophia, Nerium, Thirty-One, Longaberger, Origami Owl, Silpada and Usborne Books.

"We also have some wonderful food vendors selling dip mixes, infused oils and vinegars, homemade candy and baked goods,"Kinkopf said.

There will be a free craft table for elementary school-age children that will be staffed by volunteers from Enchanted Care Child Care Center.

Each vendor will donate an item to a raffle drawing with prizes valued between $15 and $20. Raffle tickets can be bought for $1 each, 6 for $5, 15 for $10 or 35 for $20. Raffle drawings will take place throughout the day. Proceeds from the raffle and other elements of the event will benefit the PTO.

"So it's a really fun way to win a great item while supporting the PTO," Kinkopf said in an e-mail.

"If you've never been to the Holiday Bazaar, give it a try," Laivins said.

"You'll be pleasantly surprised at the number of vendors and the high quality products," she said.

Laivins said people will not have a problem finding Christmas gifts for loved ones and special gifts for themselves.

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Deb's Details:
I remember going to Hollyfest, a craft fair at Hilliard Davidson. I bought some nice Hilliard ornaments and some handmade gifts. I wished I could've gone to this Holiday Bazaar to buy some handmade gifts but I was working.
I'm embarrassed to say that this article was published with two typos in them. My dad caught them. So I'm going to be a lot more careful about re-reading and double checking spelling and grammar.