CALUMET - In 1993, the inaugural Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar was held, the result of an idea a few women had over a cup of coffee.
Now in its 18th year, the bazaar has grown leaps and bounds, with around 30 artists and crafters, and has become a November staple for some local early Christmas shopping. The bazaar is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Calumet High School gymnasium.
"It's been around for a while, and we always have it the first Saturday after deer hunting opens," said Lynn Anderson, organizer for the 12th year. "It's always a nice bazaar with a lot of nice people in it."
Held in conjunction with the Soup and Salad Luncheon - a fundraiser put on by the Calumet band parents for the Calumet High School band - the bazaar has a little something for everyone.
"We have basket makers, artists, people who make stained glass, Christmas decorations and cedar wreaths," Anderson said. "I love the local crafts we get and I try to have a variety."
Anderson tries to change the show a little bit each year, but keep the heart of the bazaar the same.
"Every year it's different," she said. "You get the regular people and you get the people that have never been there before."
With the current state of the economy, the Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar also offers an alternative to the binge that some shoppers are tempted to go on during the holiday season.
"If the economy is slower, people don't want to buy bigger things," Anderson said.
Tickets for the Soup and Salad Luncheon will be offered at the door of the bazaar.
"It's a win-win situation for everybody - you can come do some shopping and have lunch," Anderson said. "It's just a nice day, and it puts everybody in the mood for Christmas."