If you were looking for a one-eyed, hand-crocheted Minion hat, some rhubarb BBQ sauce, an original painting, or a polished pine-cone pendant, Black Friday shopping probably let you down. Luckily for you, the First Unitarian Universalist Handcrafted Bazaar won’t leave you disappointed. The Bazaar is all about local and hand-made items and will feature 35 unique artists and artisans.
“I wanted to celebrate the creativity of the community while creating a place where those who are dedicated to supporting the community by purchasing locally made, handcrafted items could be surrounded with these amazing choices,” says Melissa Eggler. She’s organized the bazaar for the last five years. Hopefully you’ll come with an appetite because Eggler promises the bazaar will be a “feast of handmade wonders.”
Artists will offer their photography and stained-glass creations at the bazaar, but the marketplace will also feature items like recycled crayons molded into 3-D dinosaurs and even on-the-spot poetry creations or henna body art.
One of the bazaar’s Facebook fans, Margaret Brandl, explains why she supports artisans who create hand-made items: “You feel a human connection to the artist and appreciate (that) they are sharing their talent with you.”
MN Out Loud
One of the new vendors at the bazaar this year will be MN Out Loud, the creative outlet for Christy Hyke and Brian Archer. They’ll be selling a variety of items including jewelry made from driftwood, Minnesota-themed key chains or greeting cards, and decorative holiday trees made with up-cycled frame molding. Hyke has attended the bazaar as a shopper in the past but says she’s looking forward “to participating in a different capacity this year.” Hyke describes MN Out Loud creations as colorful, unique, and fun.
Get noisy about our state with MN Out Loud at www.facebook.com/MNoutloud.
The Great Soap Company
The Great Soap Company promises to “clean you up naturally” after you “have fun, play hard, and get dirty.” This will be the company’s third year selling handmade soaps, lotion sticks, lip balm, and even beard oil (complete with avocado and apricot kernel oil) at the bazaar. Lisa Janet, who creates these products with her husband Jon, says “I think handmade gifts are the perfect way to let someone know you love them.” Janet is proud that her hand-made soap breaks the mold: “Unlike large factories, we keep the moisturizing, natural glycerin in our soap.” According to Janet, mass-produced soap often extracts the glycerin, an important skin-softening ingredient, to sell to the beauty industry.
Clean up with The Great Soap Company at www.greatsoapcompany.com.
Don’t Judge A Book Recycled Creations
Melissa Eggler’s creative outlet allows her to give “thrown away things a new life.”
“My creations are all made with items that are reclaimed. I use nothing new or purchased from a big box store (including the thread in my machine),” says Eggler. Rainbow-colored crocheted mandalas, totes made from coffee bean bags, and glowing luminaries are all part of Eggler’s repertoire. Each of these creations uses cast off materials like antique buttons and lace found at thrift stores and rummage sales. “The intention, quality and uniqueness of a locally and personally made item sets them apart from mass produced items,” says Eggler.
Lean how Eggler gives old things new life at www.facebook.com/groups/119518118213787.
What? The First Unitarian Universalist Handcrafted Bazaar
When? December 3rd 9a.m.-3 p.m.
Where? 1727 Walden LN SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55902
Find the event page at www.facebook.com/events/1098161153596569.