It’s the time of the year when there are dozens of opportunities to opportunities to buy dip mix, turkey-shaped wind spinners, lavender bath salts, pot holders or peanut brittle.
From now until Christmas, groups, churches, neighborhoods and clubs offer weekend bazaars, craft and art shows.
It’s also an opportunity for local creators such as Muriel Pederson to show off their one-of-a-kind creations.
Some 20 years ago, Pederson created a dry spice mix for her grandson, who was allergic to MSG. She combined her recipe with sour cream and shared it with friends and family. It was a hit.
She now sells a variety of dry mixes at shows around the Northwest, including this week’s Christmas at North Creek, the annual bazaar hosted by North Creek Presbyterian Church in Mill Creek.
Pederson said she likes North Creek’s “artsy” event because it benefits church mission work in Russia. And she gets to see familiar faces.
“I have many repeat customers,” Pederson said. “I have the phone number on the package so they call to ask if I’ll be at North Creek.”
The bazaar is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 621 164th St. SE, Mill Creek.
Here are some of the Snohomish County area’s other upcoming bazaars:
South and east county
Saturday: Daughters of the British Empire annual bazaar, Masonic Hall, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds. Meat pie lunch, $9. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 3: Wandering Creek Bazaar, 831 Wandering Creek Drive, Bothell. Bake sale, lunch. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 10-11: St. Brendan Parish School Parent-Teacher Organization 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 10049 NE 195th St., Bothell. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.
Saturday: St. Philip’s Autumn Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale, 4312 84th St. NE, Marysville. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Holiday Fundraising Bazaar, Weston High School, 4407 172nd St. NE, Arlington. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 3-4: St. Mary’s Annual Holiday Bazaar, 4200 88th St. NE, Marysville. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 10: Camano Country Club Holiday Bazaar, 1243 S. Beach Drive, Camano Island. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: Craft fair, Lago de Plata, 620 112th St. SE, Everett. Soup and bread lunch. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 2007 Holiday Bazaar, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 3: Old Time and Country Music Association Bazaar, Everett Housing, 1401 Poplar St., Everett. Free coffee, live music. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 3: Snohomish Eagles No. 195 bazaar and bake sale, 604 Maple Ave., Snohomish. Tables, 425-334-6434. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 6-10: Starving Housewives Holiday Home and Gift Show, Echo Falls Country Club, 20414 121st Ave. SE, Snohomish. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6-9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10.
Nov. 8: Autumn Leaves Bazaar, First Covenant Church of Everett, 4502 Rucker Ave., Everett. Lunch, supper. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nov. 9-10: Food and Craft Festival, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave. Everett. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10.
Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Herald runs a list of weekend offerings every Sunday in Community Calendar and Wednesday in our Community Extra section.
It’s a free listing, so send your bazaar notices to email@example.com.