Brookings-Harbor High Schools gymnasium, cafeteria and hallways were crowded with people Saturday for the annual Community Christmas Bazaar.
With 94 booths to explore, people could find a variety of handcrafted gifts ranging from flowers made from sea kelp to toy cars and trucks made from discarded lumber.
A chicken salad lunch was provided. Visitors were heard saying the proportions were generous, however, this caused latecomers to miss out.
Food was still abundant. Some booths were stocked with edible goodies.
Azalea Middle School students sold candy bars and raffle tickets to raise funds for a spring trip to Washington, D.C. A quilt will be raffled. The drawing is scheduled for Feb. 14.
The students had a table outside the main entrance, booths inside the building and were approaching people in an effort to raise money.
The Sunshine People also were selling raffle tickets. That group, which is raising funds for recreation for the mentally ill, is raffling Raggedy Ann dolls. The drawing will be Dec. 1 during the upcoming Winter Wonderland Craft Show.
The bazaar featured newcomers and those who have participated for many years.
Debra Wells, who sells Christmas ornaments and table arrangements, said she has participated in the bazaar for at least 20 years. She has always been in the southwest corner of the gym.
Across the aisle from Wells was Ginny Cox, who is a first-timer. She described business as slow, but Ive been meeting lots of nice people.
Cox had her table covered with seashell artifacts from local beaches. She also had hand-decorated pillows and beer bread batter mix, which she sold in large beer bottles.
People who entered the gym from the main entrance first saw a booth decorated with arches. The booth, which was operated by Hayley Farr, owner of Upper Crust, a new business in Brookings, offered interior and floral designs.
This is my first year in the bazaar, Farr said. I came to see it last year. Farr was assisted in her booth by Tamra Murdock.
In the hall near the main entrance were members of the Brookings Emblem Club selling baked goods. Areta Schock and Shirley Ardagna said they started with two tables. By 3 p.m. they had removed one table and the contents of the remaining table were half sold.
David and Cherie Barnes made their first drive from North Bend to participate in the bazaar by selling pottery and dishware.
Im rather impressed with the fair, David said of the bazaar.
Down the hall near the schools main offices was a booth featuring wooden cars and trucks made by Ellen Eggers of Grants Pass. This is her sixth year participating in the event.
The toys are made from recycled wood, she said. She gets the wood from old houses, furniture factories and pallets. Plus having a brother-in-law who is a contractor helps, Eggers said.
She started building toys when her son was born and she became a stay-at-home mom.
My husband and I design them and they are all kid tested, Eggers said.
Now that her son is 6, he also helps by pounding in the tacks for the headlights and other minimal tasks, she said.
Tucked away between banks of lockers and the last booth in the hall was a display of roses and orchids made from kelp.
Donna Bryant, who lives just across the state line in Smith River, said she has spent 65 years learning how to make the flowers.
Although she has only been making the crafts for the past year, she has used a lifetime of artistic background to figure out how to do it.
She first displayed her kelp flowers at the Driftwood Festival last spring. This was her first time at the bazaar.