Christmas Bazaar to benefit Senior Center

Wil Petty Staff Writer

November 11, 2013

Ashe Services for Aging will soon host its annual Christmas Bazaar, which will offer a wide assortment of items from several local businesses.

“We have vendors come in and set up,” said Louise Caudill, director for the Ashe Aging Services Senior Center. “They sell their homemade goods, crafts, a big variety of things.”

Items will range from different folk crafts and food to quilts and jewelry.

The bazaar will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, at the Senior Center. Proceeds from the sales go to benefit the Senior Center and provide holiday gifts.

“Right now we have 17 vendors,” Caudill said. “When they set up, they can leave their merchandise, we watch over it and document what they sell. That’s how we keep a total of their sales.”

When the sale ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, the vendors return to retrieve their unsold items.

Vendors will keep most of the money and those selling are local. The Senior Center will take 20 percent of their sales.

“If the vendors don’t sell (anything), we don’t take their proceeds,” Caudill said. “We won’t charge anything.”

Caudill helped organize the event in 1984, when it was first held in the old hospital building in the county. Now, as the event reaches its 29th year, the event is hosted in the dining room area of the Senior Center.

“The community’s response is very good,” she said. “We have lots of people (come). The community is very positive about what we’re doing and they do patronize it.”

For more information on the event, call the Senior Center at (336) 246-4347.