The 34th Annual Community Christmas Bazaar will feature crafts from about 100 vendors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Brookings-Harbor High School.
Wooden items for sale will include toys, holiday decorations, collectibles, wall hangings, shelves, trays, reindeer, candle holders, snowmen and even some furniture.
Needlework items will include knitting, crocheted needlepoint, quilts, angels, Santas, dolls, dish towels, potholders, place mats and napkins, doll clothes, doilies, stationery holders, Christmas tree ornaments, adult and baby apparel, bookmarks, booties, stuffed animals and teddy bears.
Also available will be paintings, pictures, jewelry, batik shirts and T-shirts, shells, greeting cards, flower pots and various ceramic creations.
Foods for sale may include cakes, pies, cookies, shortbread, cupcakes, coffee cakes, fudge, divinity, jams, honey, vinegar, oils, and maybe even a gingerbread house.
Shoppers may also see candles, scarves, dried flowers, foliage garlands, door toppers, wreaths and centerpieces.
Unique area crafts such as wind chimes, pop can art, sea kelp baskets and shell baskets will also be for sale. There is no admission charge to the bazaar.
Kicking off the holidays in Brookings since 1969, the bazaar is sponsored by Oregon State University's Family Community Education Division.
The OSU Extension groups will also serve their famous holiday chicken casserole luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The price is $5.75 for adults and $3.50 for children 6-12.
Profits from the luncheon and space rentals will help benefit 4-H Club members attending summer camps.
Another unique feature at the bazaar will be a large array of gift-wrapped packages under and in a Christmas tree.
The packages can be purchased for $1 each and are labeled to make gifts or stocking stuffers for mom, dad or friends.
This year, the bazaar will not only occupy the high school gym, but the new multipurpose/cafeteria room.
As always, the vendors will include longtime favorites and interesting newcomers.
A Seashore Christmas
Debra Wells has created Christmas crafts for the bazaar since 1980.
"I'd like to start a store someday," she said. It might be called Seashore Tidings or A Seashore Christmas.
Wells said she got the crafting bug from her mother, who was born in Brookings 89 years ago, and from an aunt. She and her friends and relatives would make crafts every summer and Christmas.
She said she can see the craft within any piece of raw material. This year, she made Santas out of starfish and angels out of scallop shells.
It's gotten to the point, said Wells, that friends send her just about anything, figuring she can make something out of it. Recent arrivals include giant pine cones from Eastern Oregon.
Wells' offerings at the bazaar will include Christmas ornaments, eucalyptus swags, wreaths, stuffed bears and much more. Like many of the items for sale at the bazaar, they are handmade.
"I'm just trying to get into the holiday spirit," said Wells.
This year will be the second appearance at the bazaar for the unique dolls of Nancy Schulz.
Included are Santa Claus, snowmen and gingerbread dolls. Some are stuffed and some are built from wooden frames. They come in various sizes and prices from $25 to $35.
A Brookings area resident since 2000, Schulz said her daughter introduced her to the doll-making hobby seven or eight years ago when they both lived in Arizona.
Schulz said she puts about two full days of labor into each doll.
"I enjoy it," she said.
Woodworker to the Stars
For the 43 years Del Hodges lived in Los Angeles, luminaries such as Tony Curtis, Chuck Conners and even Frank Lloyd Wright came to him for custom furniture. One of his creations recently turned up on a television redecorating show, he said.
Hodges also built things for movie sets, and wood was not the only medium he worked in.
He moved to Brookings three years ago, but didn't exactly retire. He still creates wooden toys, rocking horses, flower planters and decorative carts, salmon-shaped address signs, and unique driftwood items.
Hodges sometimes sells his creations at antique stores or farmers' markets at surprisingly low prices.
"What I do is make money to buy more wood to make more things," he said.
There won't be room for Hodges' large pieces at the bazaar, but he will be offering rocking horses, stick horses and toy cars and trains.