Bazaar brings crowds to the mall

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Saturday was another busy day at Centennial Mall, as community members filled the walkway searching for Mother's Day gifts.

With everything from tiny cupcakes to leather products, browsers were sure to find something that piqued their interest at the Mother's Day Bazaar.

The youth outreach group members from St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of God created baskets perfect for the holiday, which is Sunday.

The group sells fair trade coffee, tea and cocoa throughout the year, and recently added beaded purses and decorative scarves and rugs to their inventory.

"Right now we're just trying to see how they go," said Maggie Blackstun, 17.

She said the scarves were a hit at the event. They are considering selling handmade baskets, jewelry and lamps if the new items do well.

They brought in $498, without subtracting their costs, and will likely receive $200 in matching funds from Thrivent, a Lutheran financial fraternal organization.

The group aims to assist laborers in poverty-stricken countries by paying a reasonable amount for products made there.

"We do this because it's important to help hunger," Blackstun said. "It's one of those things that needs to be solved."

She was at the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Millie Blackstun, 15, and Emily Norris, 15.

Jessica Johannes was there all day, as well, selling sarongs imported from Indonesia. She had sizes ranging from children's to women's in a variety of fabrics and designs.

She travels to fairs throughout the region. She said attendance was down a little mostly because of rainy, snowy weather that hit Craig.

But some vendors found the mall a welcome retreat from the weather. Three individuals put their items together and held an indoor garage sale in an empty store. Under the Aspen Tree sponsored a May Day fashion show at Beef & Peppers restaurant.

At other booths, vendors attracted attention with eye-catching home decor crafts, free samples of foods they were selling and unusual toys.

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