Gifts & Goodies Galore

Starting this weekend, unique shopping opportunities abound

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Nothing compares to giving a friend or family member a one-of-a-kind handmade gift like those that can be found at local bazaars during the holiday season.

Beginning this weekend, those looking for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts do not need to venture any farther than the local area. That’s because several bazaars are coming to churches, schools and civic centers. Eager shoppers will have the chance to support the local economy, buy handcrafted items and avoid big box stores.

Below is the list of several bazaars compiled by the Post-Record.

Nov. 5-7

Crafts Unlimited Holiday Boutique

The Crafts Unlimited Holiday Boutique is on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, at 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in Vancouver.

The juried show features arts, crafts and live music in a boutique setting with a central cashier. Admission is free. Organizers will collect non-perishable food items for local food banks.

This year, there will be an artists’ reception and refreshments Friday from to 7 p.m.

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Ladybug Bazaar

The Ladybug Bazaar, billed as the “largest bazaar in Clark County since 1967,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Battle Ground High School, 300 N. Parkway. It includes 151 vendors selling handcrafted items. Childcare and snacks are available. Admission is free, but there is an optional donation to the North Clark County Food Bank.

Hawaiian Holiday Bazaar

The Hawaiian Holiday Bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 3000 N.W. 119th St., Vancouver. It features Hawaiian artists and crafts vendors, and food with live music and hula dancing. There will also be a “Keiki Korner,” with arts, crafts and activities for children, and the opportunity to visit with Santa. Admission is free. Canned or non-perishable food donations will benefit the Share House Backpack program.

A Market Affair

A Market Affair holiday bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7 at a new location in Camas. It will be held at the AWPPW Local 5 Union Hall, 514 N.E. Dallas St. For more information, call Anna Davis at Nov. 13

Holly Days Arts and Crafts Bazaar

The Holly Days Arts and Crafts Bazaar gives local artisans and crafters a chance to showcase their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St. There will be more than 80 tables for holiday shoppers to peruse.

Food concessions will be available. The event is sponsored by the Camas High School cheerleading program.

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Check ‘Em Off Green

The Check ‘Em Off, Green bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

The event will feature more than 30 local artists and vendors selling hand-crafted items, recycled and reused materials, experiences, and local goods and services. There will be a holiday decoration swap, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

It is sponsored by Vancouver Green Drinks and the Marshall Community Center.

Washougal United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar

The Washougal United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with tables of handcrafted items, jewelry, wall hangings, a “new to you” corner, stocking stuffers, handmade quilts, one-of-a-kind snowmen and Santa, gifts, baked goods and more.

A portion of all sales will benefit the Inter-Faith Treasure House in Washougal.

The church is at 4020 “M” St., Washougal.

Mistletoe Bazaar

The Mistletoe Bazaar at the Camas Assembly of God will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and features 50 tables of crafts, gifts, jewelry, arts and crafts.

The church is at 500 S.E. Everett Road. For more information, call Denise McNichols at 834-2291 or e-mail

Follow That Star Bazaar

The Follow That Star Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 16001 N.E. 34th St., Vancouver. It features vendors of handcrafted and homemade items.

Nov. 20-21

Holiday Marketplace Bazaar

The seventh annual Holiday Marketplace Bazaar will take place at the Washougal High School commons area, 1201 39th St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Shoppers can browse arts, crafts and other homemade gifts from more than 100 vendors. The event also features food concessions and carolers from the WHS X-Tet choir. For more information, call 954-3103.

Bethel Community Church Holiday Bazaar

The Bethel Community Church Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Ladies Bethel Society, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at 1438 “B” St., Washougal. Crafts, quilts and tables of “white elephant” items will be available.

For more information, call 835-8714.

Camas Women of the Moose bazaar

The Camas Women of the Moose annual bazaar is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Moose Family Center, 227 N.W. Lake Road in Camas. Handmade gifts and assorted items will be available.

Dec. 3-5

Holiday Art & Craft Show & Sale

Columbia Ridge Senior Living in Washougal will host its annual Holiday Art & Craft Show & Sale from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday. There will be several craft items designed by residents and other community members. Columbia Ridge is located at 2300 W. Ninth St.

Holiday Open House and Artisan Market

The Clark County Historical Museum is hosting its annual Holiday Open House and Artisan Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be music, artisan displays, and holiday shopping. There will also be children’s activities. The museum is located at 1511 Main St., Vancouver.

Call 993-5679 for more information.

Gorge Arts and Crafts Bazaar

The Skamania County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Gorge Arts and Crafts Bazaar will run Friday and Saturday at Stevenson Elementary School, 100 N.W. School St.

The bazaar will feature handmade jewelry, quilts, hats and scarves, homemade soaps, lotions, bath salts, handmade dolls, hand-carved wood items, baskets, holiday decorations, pottery, tapestries, baby blankets, pet gifts and more.

For more information, call the Skamania Chamber of Commerce at 800-989-9178.

Holiday farmers market

The Vancouver Farmers Market will hold a Holiday Market at the Vancouver Hilton on Dec. 5, 12, and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a wide variety of local artists and vendors providing handmade crafts and food products from the farmers market.

The event will also feature local musicians and Santa.

The Hilton is located at 301 W. Sixth St.