By EMOKE BEBIAK
Homemade jellies, tutus for babies and hand-crafted decorations imported from developing countries were some of the items sold at the 16th Annual Crafts Bazaar on Saturday.
The craft sale held at the Community United Methodist Church featured 32 vendors and attracted hundreds of visitors. While most tables were rented by local craft makers, three church organizations also sold homemade items to raise money for missions.
Among the vendors were Lisa Gould and her daughter, Tabitha. They sold jellies, scarves, jewelry and their unique creations: CD clocks. The Gould’s use decorated CDs as clock dials to create personalized clocks. This year’s selection included dials with images from Twilight, the MU Tigers and several movie characters.
“These make good Christmas gifts for people who already have everything,” Lisa Gould said. She often makes CD clocks with personal images sent by customers.
Gould has been selling at craft shows for five years. She says her husband, daughter and two sons all help preparing the items.
“We get to do things as a family, and it’s better than sitting in front of the TV,” Gould said.
It was the Goulds’ first time selling at the Annual Craft Bazaar, which had the highest number of vendors in years.
“It’s a family atmosphere,” organizer Kathy Maynard said.
Maynard spent six months preparing for the sale, which included carefully selecting vendors to have a variety of products sold a the bazaar. Also, Maynard said she wants to keep the sale a craft show, so she doesn’t allow vendors to sell Tupperware or items that are not handcrafted.
The craft show began 16 years ago as a fundraiser for the United Methodist Women, an organization within the Methodist Church. Last year, the show brought in about $1,200, which the group sent to national and international missions organizations.
Locally, the group donates to a food bank and the PET project.
Two other church organizations also prepared merchandise for the bazaar. The Peacemakers group from the Evangelical Free Church of Columbia used the event to raise money to cover shipping fees for their overseas donations.
Visitors could also buy decorative pieces from Global Market, a fair trade organization selling items from people in developing countries. These included a nativity scene carved out of wood and soapstone carvings imported from Kenya.