CFUW Cranbrook Club Christmas Bazaar is sold out

All artisans are from the East Kootenay; from Creston to Invermere, and produce their own product.

The 30th Annual CFUW Cranbrook Club Members are pleased to announce that all space for their 30th annual event has been sold out.

“I have started a wait list,” said Cathryn Henley, Chair of the Club’s prestigious bazaar for 2014, “because inevitably someone will have to cancel for one reason or another. We would rather be prepared to fill those spaces than see them empty at this huge event”.

All artisans are from the East Kootenay; from Creston to Invermere, and produce their own product. “We are lucky to see new artisans every year,” said Henley. “There are nine new-to-us artisans and then there are some coming back from being absent at this Bazaar,” she added.

Due to Hallowe’en falling on Friday this year, we have moved the Bazaar date to Saturday, Nov. 8. As in the last 29 years, we are at the Cranbrook Golf Course on 2nd Street South and will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Our entrance fee is still only a Toonie and there are 30 chances of winning one of the great door prizes donated by the participating artisans.

Another great feature of this bazaar is that all products are produced by hand. We have jewelers of all kinds: melted and poured glass, sea glass from ocean beaches, tumbled stone, semi-precious gem stones, sterling silver, funky remakes of new and used jewelry, hemp, beaded and woven and everything else one can imagine.

We have knitted wool and cotton items from baby clothes to adult sweaters, First nations’ moccasins, head wear, gloves, scarves and blankets as well as one-of-a-kind sewing crafts of all kinds including purses, Christmas decorations and tea towels.

Of course there is food! We have the return of Authentic Doukhobor Style Borscht and bread; and fresh Home Sweet Home Treats and Heavenly Chocolate. Majestic Mustards will be on display for you to sample and buy and Anna will have her “Stuff” too. The gift packs are great presents for the hard-to-buy family or man.

There is more: There are gift baskets of all kinds, styles and sizes, filled, wrapped and ready to go; and for the crafters, a new artist is selling her Art Foamies she has created to make all kinds of art crafts easier and inspirational from scrapbooking and card-making to “Art”.

Speaking of “art”, we have that, too; with Jim Robertson’s delightful, bright creations and Janice Strong’s beautiful photography. Both are well-known artists in their own fields and do cards, calendars as well as framed work.

CFUW Cranbrook Club is bringing in fresh roasted, organic, bird- and tree-friendly Fair Trade coffee again this year. Cafe Femenino is from Peru, Guatemala and Mexico this year, and come in decalf and regular beans or ground one pound bags.

There are gifts for everyone from anyone, as prices range from affordable for a child to buy for a parent or sibling, favourite aunt or uncle, to prices saved for that special event gift.

“We started the door prize draws early in 2013, and that worked well for those winners who were still at the Bazaar, as well as for the volunteers,” said Henley. “This year, we will begin the door prize draws at 12 noon. Shoppers do not have to be in attendance to get their prize.” We also have our annual gift basket to raffle off this year. Each year it contains about $200 worth of products donated by the club membership. That draw will be made at 4 pm and the winner will be notified immediately by phone.

Like all other Bazaars, all proceeds from this 30th annual event will go back into the East Kootenay community in the many projects and programs the CFUW Cranbrook Club supports.