Kingsport church hosting Christmas Bazaar on Saturday

Marci Gore • Nov 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

KINGSPORT — For the eighth year in a row, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — which celebrates its 100th anniversary next month — will host its Christmas Bazaar.

The event will be open Saturday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and will be held at the church, which is located at 161 E. Ravine Road. Admission is free to the public.

“All items are handmade by people in our church,” said Paige Kramer, the chairperson of the bazaar. “It is amazing how many talents we have in our church.”

The bazaar was first started as a way to raise money for St. Paul’s outreach ministries. This year is no different, with all the proceeds going toward youth mission trips, scholarships for the church’s day school students and ministries in the community that combat hunger.

Many of the items for sale are made with donated and re-purposed materials.

“Our bazaar is quite unique. We don’t have any vendors. Everything is done by people from the church,” Kramer said.

Kramer said the bazaar has grown every year since its inception. She said when the church first started the sale, no one was sure how it would go. But people have responded well and the money raised has increased every year. Last year, Kramer said the bazaar grossed $15,000.

“For a church this size in Kingsport, that’s amazing,” she said. “It’s a blessing not just for everyone who works on it, but I also think it’s a great thing for the community to come in and see kind of what we do not just on a Sunday.”

Items that can be found on Saturday include handmade wreaths, holiday decor, knitted and needle craft items and bird feeders, among many other items.

Two of the most popular booths are the ones featuring jewelry and baked goods.

People from as far away as California have donated their gently used jewelry to the sale. Kramer said the booth is hugely popular and is the biggest draw of the show.

The bake sale, which always sells out fast, will feature jams, jellies, pies, cakes and cookies. New last year were jars of frozen homemade soups. Kramer said these will be back this year and make great meal options to have on hand during the busy holiday season.

Many items in the bazaar will be in the $10 or less range, although Kramer adds, there will be some higher-dollar items available for purchase — or to bid on in the silent auction. Kramer said the 15-plus items in the silent auction have been donated by people in the community.

Lunch will also be available on Saturday. It will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature baked ziti, a salad, rolls, dessert and a drink. The cost is $8.

Preparations for the bazaar began months in advance and the church is hoping for a great turnout again this year.

“It keeps getting bigger and bigger each year, and I’m continually amazed by how willing people are to contribute their time, their efforts, their art and their talents to make this happen,” Kramer said.