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‘Tis a deteriorate for qualification sales!

November and Dec are dominated by qualification and businessman fairs, mostly hosted by schools and nonprofit groups as fundraisers.

The dauntless and those with a good eye know there are some good bargains and singular gifts to be had during these eventuality — among a occasional “Are we kidding?” items.

So we — my crony Gigi Nephew and we — ventured out on a new Saturday to do some shopping!

Riverport Chorus

Our initial stop was a fifth annual holiday and businessman satisfactory put on by a Riverport Chorus, a internal section of a Sweet Adelines International, hold during UAW Local 72, 3615 Washington Road.

The best partial was a $1 entrance also got we entered in any one of a vendors’ raffle items. (Sadly, conjunction of us won.)

The fundraising eventuality also helps support immature women’s preparation and a “Diva Quest,” where immature women contest in a group’s chronicle of “American Idol.” The leader receives a $1,000 scholarship.

There was some not-too-great art, though also some darling weave baby slippers (Shark-Shark!) and weave beast hats by mother-daughter group Beth and Gail Brown of Yarn Works of Kenosha.

This was their initial uncover together given Beth recently changed behind to Kenosha.

“I was unequivocally vehement about it,” Beth said.

There also was an engaging operation of mouth-blown colored glass, from ornaments to vases, by Glass Werks Studios from 6 Mile Road, done by workman Andrew Wagner.

Doll lovers could get a operation of hand-sewn American Girl and strange Barbie doll fashions from Carol’s Fashion Boutique.

Seamstress Carol Brierly of Burlington has been sewing given high propagandize and likes creation things for everybody — even a dog!

She also had a cute, handmade, felt-dog appearance calendar, with or though treats in a pockets. (Yeah, try giving a dog an dull one!)


Church fairs mostly yield a best value, friendship and some-more room to shop.

Held for some-more than 10 years, a Friedens Ladies Aid Holiday Fair during Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5038 19th Ave., advantages a church’s missions and helps support their missionaries.

It offering what my crony called “the genuine Christmas spirit.”

Walking in, you’re tempted by a smell of homemade unfeeling soup and by a cut of homemade kringle you’re offering for dessert. And yes, we could buy a whole kringle, or homemade pumpkin or other breads to take home.

Then there’s a extraordinary cookie travel with some-more than 30 varieties of homemade cookies, from ginger snaps to chocolate chip, and more.

There are stocking stuffers and books during a white elephant table, though a genuine pull is a preference of some-more than 20 beautifully made, hand-sewn quilts of all colors for mostly around $20.

“We work on them all year,” pronounced organizer and coverlet builder Judy Pulera. “Generally we sell many of them, and any left we take to a qualification satisfactory during Shoreland School. The income goes to goal work.”

That’s what drew Gail Buskirk of Pleasant Prairie and her daughter Andrea to a fair.

“We adore their quilts,” Gail said. “This to me is so flattering priced. You can’t go anywhere else and get a peculiarity for a price.”


We beheld a poinsettia plants drifting out a doorway during a third annual qualification and present satisfactory during Harborside Academy, 913 57th St.

They also had a good preference of baked products when we walked in.

Want something different? My crony couldn’t pass adult a horseshoe snowman among a handmade welded equipment by Kenoshan Cindy Aasen of Wild N Welded. The locate of a day for someone was a unresolved fish figure done of welded wrenches.

“It’s fun to take things like aged horseshoes and move it behind to life and not in a landfill,” pronounced Aasen.

Shopping for a good means offering some engaging gifts including an collection of framed

sentiments by Susan and Lisa Jenewein of Cancer Crushing Crafts to support a American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Funny how one sign, “Dull Women Have Immaculate Houses,” held my eye. (I admit, I’m distant from dull!)

The Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program of Union Grove had some fun, hand-decorated residence shutters done by some of a riders. The module offers roving therapy for children with physical, cognitive or romantic disabilities.

Volunteer Jacob Wolf, 17, has been roving given he was 4 and enjoys a program.

“I like interacting with a horses,” he said. “I like interacting with a kids a lot. It’s a lot of fun.”

There also were some handmade dog treats and other equipment to assistance support a animals during Just Lovin’ 4’s Rescue in Union Grove. The plantation has dogs, puppies, oh, even a potbellied pig and a dickey if we have an dull place in your home or barn.


The 44th annual Arts and Crafts Fair during a University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a behemoth of qualification fairs, with some-more than 175 vendors from Wisconsin and beyond.

As it’s widespread opposite a categorical complex, design a lot of (not fun) walking and shuffling between crowds.

“People, people, and some-more people prevented me from removing tighten to a booths, and some of a prices we did see were utterly high,” pronounced Nephew. “This is unequivocally one we possibly have to be one of a initial in line when a doors open or we only skip it all together.”

Snark or honesty? One arrangement with transparent cosmetic tree containers filled with embellished ornaments had a sign, “You contend we can make it, though will you?” (Not a satisfactory doubt to someone who crafts.)

The prettiest equipment had to be a list full of Russian embellished figures, trees and nesting dolls.

Most interesting: beaten plates and equipment done from recycled cocktail cans. (They didn’t demeanour it.)

Then there were a list ornaments done of focussed silverware, like a tree done out of focussed forks. Yes, really.

Janet’s Cobweb Creations of Burlington offering an collection of flattering weave items, including a lovable and “eye-catching” small animal “Purrsonality Pouches” with googly eyes and a tail on back.

Janet Deaver-Pack pronounced a needlework is improved than removing earthy therapy for her hands.

“This has brought a lot of coherence and strength back,” she said. “I can do some-more than we could.”

The family counter of Creative Arts by Obertin from Kenosha County and Pleasant Prairie offering all from dainty embellished wooden garden fish by former Tremper art clergyman Lynn Obertin, to Sandi Obertin’s handmade metalwork clocks and daughter Jennifer’s fun art doll pins.

“People find themselves and they find their friends,” pronounced mom Sandi Obertin.

And that wasn’t even all of it!

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