How many shopping days until Christmas?
People weren’t necessarily keeping a tally, but some shoppers during a popular annual event in Sylvania today were in pursuit of holiday gifts.
Paper goods, house wares, ceramics, bath products, jewelry, craft kits, accessories, clothing, comics, knits, curios, collectibles, and artwork were featured Saturday at the Sylvania First Bazaar and Quilt Show at Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St.
Hundreds of people came to the bazaar, some shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts for on their Christmas shopping lists. Others, for instance, were in pursuit of necklaces to accent an outfit or artwork to dress up a wall in their home.
The bazaar and quilt show is a large-scale marketplace event, featuring artists and vendors from all across the area who sell handmade goods, original artwork, and specialty items. Homemade baked goods and a lunch put on by the Sylvania First Men’s Group are part of the event as well.
Organizers note that the show focuses on do-it-yourself, commonly known as DIY, and indie-craft culture. Local artists, who create innovative work using traditional craft methods, are a highlight.
The event has been held since the 1960s, and the first such event was held in the basement of the Main Street church more than 40 years ago. At that time, women in the church, who were members of the church’s Women Society of Christian Services, hosted the event and offered hand-made goods such as hand-made baby clothes, Barbie outfits, and hand-knit baby sweaters, booties, and dish cloths. That first bazaar featured hand-painted cutting boards donated by church member and Sylvania-area artist, Walter Chapman, who this year is celebrating his 100th birthday.
The Sylvania First Bazaar and Quilt Show is hosted by the women of Sylvania First United Methodist Church.
Proceeds from booth fees go to programs that benefit the mission of the Circle of Friends, a group of women of different ages who raise money for mission work with a focus on local projects. Support is also provided to other projects church members are involved in such as volunteering at Henderson Settlement in Kentucky, according to information provided by Caitlin Keener, chairman of the bazaar and quilt show.
She noted in past years the event has drawn between 20 and 30 vendors, and this year the number is nearly 30. The event typically draws about 200 people.