Bazaar helps school
Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 2, 2010
NATCHEZ — Christmas shoppers can mark off many items on their list under one roof Saturday.
The Holiday Bazaar shopping marketplace sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization of Trinity Episcopal Day School aims to give shoppers the chance to purchase gifts from local shops, vendors and artists without having to jump from shop to shop.
The Holiday Bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom of the Natchez Grand Hotel.
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Bazaar committee chairperson Kathryn Nutter said the event is a new one for the school to sponsor, but vendors and shoppers have been excited about the format.
“We want to get more involved with the community for our fundraisers,” Nutter said. “We wanted to try something that is different than just selling something to the same family, friends and neighbors.
“A group of parents started brainstorming, and this idea started developing.”
The event is patterned after shopping events like Mistletoe Marketplace in Jackson and similar events in larger cities. Nutter said events of this type have grown in popularity in recent years, and Natchez is a great environment for a shopping marketplace event.
“A unique twist to ours is we have so many local artists, vendors and shops that are involved,” Nutter said. “We will always have something different to offer.”
This year, local retail shops, artists and merchandise vendors have already signed on.
“We are really only limited by the space we have,” Nutter said. “There has been great excitement about this event.”
Admission is $1 per person, at the door. The proceeds from the door will benefit the Trinity PTO, which raises money to supplement school projects. Vendors paid to reserve booth space and the PTO used that money to reserve the room, Nutter said.
But, Nutter said, the event isn’t just good for Trinity School.
“It is good for folks to come out and support our local retailers and artists,” Nutter said. “An event like this is a good way to showcase our local talent and unique vendors and could end up being a big draw and bring folks from surrounding areas to shop with us.
“I really think this is going to become another great tradition for Natchez.”
All sales at the bazaar go directly to the vendors. A complete list of vendors is available on the event’s Facebook page.