Areas normally used for classes and exercise programs were transformed into spaces for vendors Nov. 3 during the annual Malley Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar was well attended. The Malley parking lot was …
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Areas normally used for classes and exercise programs were transformed into spaces for vendors Nov. 3 during the annual Malley Holiday Bazaar.
The bazaar was well attended. The Malley parking lot was full but there was a sign directing people to areas where additional parking was available.
Few parking spaces were vacant for long. Usually as soon as a driver who had finished shopping pulled out of a parking spot there was another vehicle waiting to move in.
Inside the center rows of vendor booths lined the Malley gymnasium and main room plus there were vendors set up in all the classroom areas.
Volunteers staffed the Malley kitchen offering customers the opportunity to stop by for a cup of coffee, a doughnut or other snacks, including breakfast burritos.
The bazaar was held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Throughout the day inside Malley, potential customers moved through the vendor displays, checking a wide variety of items available that included but wasn't limited to Christmas ornaments, hand-carved wooden items, framed original wildlife photographs and a variety of flavors of homemade jelly and jam.
“I first came to the bazaar when I lived in Englewood a few years ago and I loved it because I get almost all my Christmas shopping done at one time,” Mary Simpson said. “I now live with my daughter in Commerce City but I still try to come to the bazaar each year. Just like today I have my daughter and a couple of friends with me. We just love the bazaar.”
Lanny Wilson was helping a friend by staffing a booth while the booth owner took a break and brought more items from the car.
“My friend makes a lot of crafts and brings them to events like this,” he said. “She likes to knit and crochet. As you can see her work is very nice.”
He said she goes to several events like the bazaar each year and he tried to help her if he can.
“She said she keeps track of the cost of the materials she uses in making the items,” he said. “She said keeps the cost of the materials she uses and donates all the other proceeds to her church. I help her because we are friends and because of her generosity to the church.”
Cheryl Adamson, who manages the program, said all 106 available spaces were occupied.
“Some of our vendors come every year and some are new this year,” she said. “I filled all our spaces quickly and about 25 other vendors were on the waiting list in case any of those signed up decided not to come.”
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