Sick of the big box stores, crowded parking lots and endless sales hype? If so, local bazaars offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase handcrafted items and have fun, all while helping local non-profit groups and supporting the area’s economy.
For the environmentally conscious, there is even a bazaar featuring recycled and reusable items, such as purses constructed from potato chip bags.
Below is the list of several bazaars compiled by the Post-Record.
Friday to Sunday, Nov. 6 to 8
Crafts Unlimited Holiday Boutique
The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
For more information, visit www.craftsunlimitedshow.blogspot.com.
Friday to Sunday, Nov. 13 to 15
Washougal United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar
The 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, stocking stuffers, handmade quilts, baked goods and more.
Ten percent of all sales will benefit the Inter-Faith Treasure House in Washougal.
A hamburger soup meal will be served both days and takeout is available. The church is located at 4020 “M” St.
St. Mountain View High School Holiday Bazaar
The 34th annual Band Booster Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mountain View High School, 1500 S.E. Blairmont, in Vancouver.
There will be more than 150 vendors with handcrafted gifts.
Coffee, baked goods and lunch items will also be available for purchase. A raffle featuring more than 40 gift baskets will be held. Tickets are $1 each.
For more information, visit www.mvband.org/holiday-bazaar.html.
WHS Holiday Marketplace Bazaar
The 11th annual Holiday Marketplace Bazaar will take place at the Washougal High School commons, 1201 39th St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Shoppers can browse arts, crafts and other homemade gifts from more than 130 vendors. The event also features food concessions and carolers from the WHS X-Tet choir.
For more information, call 954-3103.
Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20-22
Fern Prairie Grange Christmas Bazaar
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It includes food, crafts, hobbies and pictures with Santa.
The grange is located at 1814 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.
For more information, call 635-3686.
Clark County Holiday Gift Fair
The sixth-annual Holiday Gift Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature dozens of local arts, crafts and retailers at the Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Photos with Santa will be available daily, and Mrs. Claus will have her arts and crafts workshop ready.
Bazaar hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The entry fee is $6 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is $6.
Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4 to 6
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 3 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Middle School, 1612 N.E. Garfield St., Camas. A pancake breakfast and photos with Santa will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Camas High School grad night party.
For more information, contact Leslie Quintana at 852-4294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4 to 6
Gorge Arts and Crafts Bazaar
The Skamania County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Gorge Arts and Crafts Bazaar will be held Saturday at the Skamania County Fairgrounds exhibit hall, 710 S.W. Rock Creek Dr., in Stevenson from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
Saturday, Dec. 12
Check ‘Em Off Green
The third-annual Check ‘Em Off Green bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.
The event will feature 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 available for purchase.