The DeKalb Area Women’s Center’s annual Holiday Shopping Fair will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, 1021 State St. in DeKalb.
Original arts, unique handmade crafts, home-based business wares and party appointments will be offered. New artisans will join some returning vendors. Sycamore’s Beverley Nelson Lane has reserved three booths for Maya Works, a nonprofit that sells weaving and beadwork by women from Guatemala. Sycamore Handsome Dog Studios photographer Tim O’Shaughnessy will show new works from recent travels. DeKalb’s Seiko Hall and daughters will offer knit and crocheted items, fiber crafts and handmade soaps. Another mother-daughter duo from DeKalb is Jessie Brown, designing and producing metal jewelry, and Marreen Buntaine, presenting original photography and notecards.
Elsie and Heather Tomlinson will offer knotted homemade throws from Sycamore. DeKalb’s Gayle Meier is returning with her Zip Art. Dian Poitras of The Gingham Turtle will again bring handcrafted soaps, toiletries and room scents.
Debbie Clayton will display slumped, fused, and stained glass. Rebecca Utley will sell Scentsy body care. Jennifer Wallis will show handmade jewelry including wire wrapped, beaded, stamped metal, and enameled pieces. Debbie Higa promotes lotions, soaps, sugar scrubs and body wash. Janice Besinger will sell table runners and infinity scarves. Lisa Hohlfeld will feature lotion bars, soaps, candles and jewelry. Jackie Hugelen will present lia sophia jewelry.
There will be treats Friday and on Saturday, a continental breakfast and two kinds of homemade chili, beef and vegetarian. Gift-wrapping, seated-chair back massage and live music will be offered throughout the day. For 50 cents, guests can reserve a ticket for drawings and door prizes both days. Proceeds from booth rentals and raffles pay the DAWC’s winter utility bills.
Volunteers are welcome. For information or to volunteer, call 815-758-1351.