I f you weren’t among the 212 million people who tried to take advantage of last Friday’s sales, you may want to consider visiting one of the many craft fairs and flea markets that will be held throughout the Lakes Region this weekend.
Two organizations in Fair Haven will host holiday-inspired sales this weekend when residents will be able to find a variety of goods and items minus the risk of being stampeded by overzealous shoppers.
St. Mary’s School on 19 Washington St. in Fair Haven will host a Christmas Bazaar from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 4.
A variety of craft items, baked goods and other people’s trash or treasures (depending on how you choose to look at it) will be offered for sale.
However, it’s the sheer volume of door prizes and raffles that is sure to attract most people.
A raffle featuring more than 60 items will be available and a number of door prizes will be awarded to lucky shoppers.
Parents needn’t worry about their children either, as Santa will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening to entertain the area’s little ones.
Elsewhere, the First Congregational Church will hold a Basket Party starting at noon on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The party will be held at American Legion Post 49, 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven, and drawings are set to begin around 1:30 p.m.
The cost of tickets begins at $5, with each additional sheet of 25 tickets available for $2.
Light refreshments will be served and there’ll will be a number of special door prize drawings as well.
A short drive down Route 4, or 4A if you prefer, will bring you to the Castleton After-School program’s second annual Basket Party and Holiday Craft Sale.
The event is scheduled to be held at the Castleton Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fair will feature a number of vendors who will have a range of gifts and goodies for your holiday shopping. There will also be a number of themed gift baskets including: Game Night, Car Wash, Pet Treats, Toys and more.
Organizers will also have lunch available for hungry patrons.
For more information, call 468-8946.
Farther south, The Mount Anthony Grange will once again sponsor a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rupert Firehouse on Route 153.
This year’s vendors bring with them a host of one-of-a-kind items ranging from jewelry, candies, wreaths, knitted items, Christmas ornaments, aprons, pillows, jams and much more.
The kitchen at the grange will be abuzz with activity as organizers prepare breakfast and lunch to benefit the Kids Summer Lunch Program.
For more information, contact Kelli at 394-2491 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Claus, handcrafted flea market items and baked goods will take center stage at West Pawlet’s Christmas Flea Market.
The market is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the West Pawlet Firehouse and Santa Claus is expected to arrive around 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call Edna at 645-0174.
In nearby Pawlet, a Holiday Farmers’ Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Pawlet Public Library, off Route 30 near Mach’s General Store.
The market will feature a range of goods that would constitute fine gifts including jewelry, hand-painted scarves and shirts, local cheeses, maple products, turned wooden bowls, Serenityware, holiday décor, food and more.
To learn more, call Beth Kashner at 325-3123.
The following day, Sunday, Dec. 5, features two additional opportunities to complete some holiday shopping.
In Middletown Springs, the 16th annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Middletown Springs Elementary School on South Street.
Like many local craft fairs in the area, patrons will find a variety of handcrafted goods, specialty foods, art and Christmas décor.
There will also be food and refreshments available courtesy of members of the sixth grade class who are looking to raise money for their class trip.
Over the mountain in Wells, the Section Eight Ryders will host a Basket Party at the Modern Woodmen of America building off Route 30.
Doors are expected to open at 2:30 p.m. and drawings will begin at 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the Basket Party will benefit 69-year-old Melissa Vilbrin who is fighting a battle with cancer.
The first sheet of tickets will cost $5 and each additional sheet will cost $2.
The party will also feature a 50 cents-a-scoop buffet, a raffle and a number of door prizes.
For more information, or to donate items for one of the baskets, call Janice at 518-642-1814, or Dolly at 518-642-3605.