Fall Craft Shows & Festivals Offer Great Shop Local Opportunities For Holiday Giving

Compiled By Michelle Colesanti

Shoppers will have fun visiting all of the fall craft fairs below where you will find unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair At The Bridges Retirement Community

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the sixth annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors and is free and open to the public.

Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, pottery, candles, soaps, home décor and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on their shopping,” says Janet Noah, Community Relations Liaison and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to giving unique and wonderful gifts with a personal touch!”

The Bridges is located at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 10th annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 4th from 9: a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 70 vendors will be show casing and selling unique arts & crafts, novelties, and baked goods for the fall and winter seasons in Florida. There will also be several fun activities for the kids. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Interested vendors can register for a spot on our web site at www.hiepiscopal.org. Any questions please contact the church during normal business hours at 689-3130.

Fall Craft Festival At St. Andrew’s Church

St Andrew’s Church Fall Craft Festival, sponsored by the United Methodist Women, will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the corner of Brian Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.

Enjoy shopping for the holidays at the vendor booths, and don’t miss the homemade bake goods for sale. Granny’s attic will offer you a lot of barely used treasures and you don’t want to miss the Café for lunch. All vendors should call Mary Jane at 689-2572.
 
Holiday Craft Bazaar Seeks Crafters And Artists

Crafters and artists are being sought by Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk for a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 11. The event, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., is being sponsored by the Women of Grace. The church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia.

The fee for a 10 x 10-ft. space is $25, and fees will support missions in the community. The bazaar will be outdoors, and vendors will need to provide their own tent, table and chairs. There is no admission fee for shoppers.

The deadline for reserving a booth is Sunday, October 15. For more information and a vendor application, visit www.gracecraftbazaar.com, or contact event organizer Susan Ferraro by emailing her at bosefer11@yahoo.com or 361-1724.

Grace has worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday. Visit www.mygraceumc.com or call 661-8858 for more information.