For those who look for the many Holiday Bazaars, Rita Leonard has this message for you: Start looking in October!

RITA A. LEONARD - The early Holiday Bazaar at Woodstocks Our Lady of Sorrows Parish took place indoors, in the gymnasium. Those planning seasonal fundraising bazaars are discovering that holding them ahead of the crowd can still attract shoppers seeking hand-made Christmas presents and hostess gifts.

So it was that Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Woodstock, at S.E. 52nd and Woodstock Boulevard, scheduled their indoor bazaar for October 16 and 17, thus taking advantage of not only the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but even Hallowe'en!

The fundraiser, coordinated by Diane Salvatelli and her daughter Christina Simmons, featured 22 vendors, a raffle, and a church rummage sale. "Many of our vendors returned from last year," reported Salvatelli. "Tables rent for $35 each, with all proceeds slated to benefit Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.

"A used book sale set up near the raffle display was selling books at a dollar a bag," she continued. "Raffle items, including a his-and-hers golf set and a selection of Hallowe'en treats, were donated by parishioners. We also had a snack and food kitchen on-site, selling refreshments to hungry shoppers."

The many vendor tables offered potted plants and bonsai arrangements, while a host of artisan crafts featured stained glass ornaments, aprons, embroidery, carry bags, felt animals, Christmas wreaths, jellies, and snacks. There were potholders, table runners, pillows, dolls, candles, soaps, jewelry, and personal skin-care items. And the abundance of crocheted items included hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, kitchen scrubbies, booties, comforters and toys – something for all ages.

Wendy Gonzalez, who chaired the rummage sale part of the day was, offering a variety of toys, candles, framed pictures, flower vases, and an astonishing array of wide-mouth jars and canning equipment.

If you missed this one, not to worry – there will be many other Southeast Portland Holiday Bazaars available to you as the season progresses!

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