Skip the mall and experience the Bazaar


Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. —Dave Barry, humor columnist


No parking dilemmas, no fighting the crowds, no standing in line for the next available cashier, and no items stating “Batteries Not Included.” That’s what is not at the Three Rivers Senior League’s annual Holiday Bazaar.

What is at the Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, will be all the old favorites plus a whole sleigh-full of new additions.

“We expect this year’s Bazaar to be the best yet,” said Mo Basham, organizer. “We will have somewhere between 40 and 50 vendors.”

Returning will be some artists and crafters who are regular participants, but there will also be many newcomers.  

“We have opened up the type of items that a vendor can sell,” explained Mo. “Items don’t have to be handmade or homemade, but they do have to be nice.”

One of the newcomers will be the “Damsel in Defense” booth. This vendor sells personal protection items like stun guns, pepper spray, and travel security items, all with a feminine touch. 

A Scentsy consultant will have a booth full of aromatic home d├ęcor and other beautifully fragranced gift items. 

A former antique dealer will join the vendors so plan to purchase something new that’s old.

River’s Edge Boutique, a retail shop in Three Rivers that recently underwent an ownership change, will have some of their inventory of clothing and jewelry. 

Janet Fanning’s booth of homemade jams has long been a Bazaar favorite. Janet, also a longtime organizer of the Bazaar, and her jams will be absent this year, but don’t rebel just yet. A boutique jam vendor will attempt to fill Janet’s shoes. 

“Some of the other changes we have made this year are to the lunch menu,” said Mo. “We will still have hamburgers and hotdogs, but we are adding tri-tip sandwiches, barbecued chicken, and beer and wine.” 

Food and bar service starts at 11 a.m. Prior to that, coffee and doughnuts will be available. 

“Currently, we are collecting donations for the raffle and auction,” continued Mo. “Instead of a standard auction that we have had in the past, this year we have decided to go with a silent auction to give more people a chance to participate.”

So stop by this year’s Holiday Bazaar and remember, only 42 shopping days till Christmas.

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