Fair features new, returning vendors

DeKALB – The DeKalb Area Women’s Center’s annual Holiday Shopping Fair will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the center, 1021 State St. in DeKalb.

Original arts, unique handmade crafts, home-based business wares and party appointments will be offered. New artisans will join some returning vendors.

At least five vendors will offer soaps, lotions and other body care items. Multiple vendors will also sell candles and room scents.

There will be several exhibits of photography, and Marreen Buntaine of DeKalb will sell notecards.

Nonprofit Maya Works will sell weaving and beadwork by women from Guatemala. Local vendors will also present fiber arts such as knotted homemade throws, table runners, infinity scarves and a variety of knitted and crocheted items.

Jackie Hugelen will present lia sophia jewelry, and several local artisans will sell jewelry creations, including wire-wrapped, beaded, metal, stamped metal and enamel pieces.

Anita Lewis is representing The 5 Sisters from Aurora, with the book that they authored.

DeKalb’s Gayle Meier is returning with zipper art, unique upcycled creations by the Zipper Lady.

Debbie Clayton will display slumped, fused, and stained glass.

There will be treats Friday and on Saturday, a continental breakfast and two kinds of homemade chili, beef and vegetarian. Gift-wrapping, seated-chair back massage and live music will be offered throughout the day. For 50 cents, guests can reserve a ticket for drawings and door prizes both days. Proceeds from booth rentals and raffles pay the DAWC’s winter utility bills.

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