CALUMET - It all began over a cup of coffee.
The Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar in Calumet was started by a local group of women 18 years ago, and has continued ever since, said Lynn Anderson, who took over as organizer 13 years ago.
It now includes about 30 vendors each year.
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Shelves of holiday decorations are seen at Lynn Anderson’s booth at the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar in Calumet Saturday. This was the 19th year for the bazaar.
"The waiting list is long," she said. "It's a very popular bazaar."
About three-fourths of the way through the bazaar, it was shaping up to be a bustling year.
"It's been a good year for everybody," Anderson said. "Everybody's walking around with bags and smiles on their faces."
Kathy Lahti of Mohawk has been making things out of birdseye maple for about six years, following in the footsteps of her father.
She typically uses scrap wood from Horner Flooring. A spoon will take a couple of days to make, she said.
"I just like to keep busy, especially in the long winter days," she said.
Sherry Sandretto of Calumet has been making snowmen - her favorite design - and other stuffed figures for the past 16 years.
"I used to buy them at the time, so I figured I'd try making them," she said. "It's like golf - once you start, you can't stop. Except this, you make money at. It was a very, very good show today."
Barb Flanagan of Laurium was at the Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar for her first time.
She'd already seen some potential items to snag on her second time around the room.
"I like to make one pass first before buying anything," he said.
Anderson thanked people for continuing to support the bazaar.
"My reward is to see the happy people come to buy the crafts and either pass them along for gifts, or decorate their homes," she said.