The holiday season will soon be upon us, and with it all of the hustle and bustle of gift buying. A time-honored tradition for many is to scope out finds from the myriad of offerings at area bazaars.
From knitted caps featuring different NFL teams to unique holiday ornaments, these purchases go toward 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 and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5
The Ladybug Bazaar, organized by the GFWC Battle Ground, will be held Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Battle Ground High School, 300 N. Parkway. There will be crafts, art and toys, and donations will be accepted for a local food bank. For more information, visit www.gfwc-battlegroundwa.org.
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. An artists’ reception, held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., will include refreshments.
For more information, visit www.craftsunlimitedshow.blogspot.com.
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12
Washougal United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar
The bazaar will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with tables of handcrafted items, jewelry, wall hangings, stocking stuffers, baked goods and more.
Ten percent of all sales will benefit the Inter-Faith Treasure House in Washougal. Canned food donations will also be accepted at the door.
A hamburger soup meal will be served both days, and takeout is available. The church is located at 4020 “M” St.
Mountain View High School Holiday Bazaar
The 35th 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 200 tables with handcrafted gifts, decorations and food. Coffee, baked goods and concession 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.
Crystal Plum Bazaar
A holiday craft sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Alki Middle School, 1800 N.W. Bliss Road, Vancouver.
Items include wood, fabric, metal, ceramic and paper goods, hand-knitted wool mufflers and baby clothing, jewelry and more.
Friday to Sunday, Nov. 18 to 20
WHS Holiday Marketplace Bazaar
The 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 the WHS X-Tet choir.
For more information, call 954-3103.
Bethel Community Church Christmas Bazaar
The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and feature crafts and baked goods. For more information, contact Anna Dutter at 834-2498. Bethel Community Church is located at 1438 “B” St., Washougal.
Jolly Holly Christmas Bazaar
The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the AWPPPW Hall, 514 N.E. Dallas St., Camas. It will include handcrafted items, homemade desserts, live music, coffee and hot chocolate. There will also be free face painting and a “make your own crafts,” table for kids.
For more information, call 407-450-0551.
Laurin Middle School Winter Bazaar
The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Laurin Middle School gym, 13601 N.E. 97th Ave., Vancouver.
It is sponsored by the Laurin Parent Teacher Organization.
For more information, call Jamie Blick at 909-1780.
Sugarplum Holiday Bazaar
This third annual event at Cascade View Covenant Church will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be there from 2 to 4 p.m.
It features food, handcrafted items and raffle prizes.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark County Holiday Gift Fair
The Clark County Holiday Gift Fair is Friday through Sunday at Exhibition Hall C at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.
It will include a marketplace with more than 100 commercial vendors, craft vendors, home improvement items, re-sale items and collectibles, metal and woodwork, signs, plants, clothing, gourmet food items including oils, nuts, jerky, kettle corn, fudge, pottery, toys, beauty products, jewelry, art prints, pet items, knifes, kitchen utensils, items for the home, yard art and spinners, Christmas decorations, and more.
New this year is a children’s area featuring pony rides, inflatable play structures and exhibits. The Take Me Home for the Holidays pet adoption area returns.
Bazaar hours will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. Parking is free. Senior citizens receive free admission Friday.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3
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 1914 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.
For more information, call 635-3686.
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 or to reserve a vendor space, contact Tara Unbanek at HollyDays2016@comcast.net. For information about the Santa breakfast or to donate to the event, contact Nadine Knight at email@example.com.