St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar to feature unique gifts for the family

Holly Viers • Nov 16, 2018 at 3:07 PM

KINGSPORT — For the last decade, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has ushered in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Bazaar.

With the help of more than 85 volunteers, the church’s popular event is back for another year, featuring hundreds of handmade, one-of-a-kind treats for the whole family.

Last year, around 500 people stopped by over the course of the event. Since then, volunteers have been planning to make this year’s bazaar bigger and better.

“It’s going to be unique from anything else that you’re going to find anywhere,” said Paige Kramer, event chairwoman. “All of our items are made by people that go to our church. … We just have a lot of creative people, and it is amazing what they come up with.”

When is the event?

The bazaar will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the church, located at 161 E. Ravine Road. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for purchases.

A fashion show featuring the church’s day school students will be held at 10:30 a.m. Then, lunch will be served at $8 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu includes St. Paul’s signature baked ziti, tossed salad, breadsticks and gingerbread caramel dessert.

What’s for sale?

• Home, garden and holiday décor, including wreaths and ornaments

• Knitted, needlecraft and woodworking items

• Gifts for kids, family and pets, including stocking stuffers

• Hostess and teacher gifts

• Jewelry including gently used, repurposed and original pieces

• Homemade foods including pies, cakes, cookies, candies, jams and jellies

• Homemade frozen soups in five varieties (sausage, spinach and bean; chicken and wild rice; cheesy vegetarian; vegetable beef; and chicken tortilla)

Two of the most popular offerings are the homemade foods and the jewelry booth, which typically draws a line of people before the event opens.

How will proceeds be used?

Proceeds will benefit four of the church’s outreach programs:

• St. Paul’s Day School and Kindergarten, specifically scholarships for those in need of tuition assistance

• Kingsport’s Community Mission Center (KCMC), an interfaith charity that provides financial and resource assistance to the needy

• Episcopal Relief & Development Fund, which assists with food, financial and disaster relief measures

• St. Paul’s youth mission trips, which build youth’s spiritual compassion for the less fortunate

Learn more

To find more information about the event, including photos of some of the items that will be available for sale, visit www.facebook.com/StPaulsBazaar.