Holiday craft fairs are a lot of fun to go to. These fairs are the ultimate in buying local. The people who sell at these fairs are more often than not in business on their own, doing their crafts after work and after taking care of their homes and families. You can buy hand-knitted blankets, find hand-painted ceramics, and check out hand-made jewelry. I love to go to these holiday craft fairs because they often have antique Christmas ornaments that you would never be able to find anywhere else. I took the photo for this article at the St. Paul's Holiday Craft Fair three years ago. The lady who was selling it told me that her mom had bought the little carolers at an estate sale years earlier. She had no idea how old they were or who made them. I love them and my granddaughters love to put them out on my Christmas table.

This weekend, you can check out the offerings at St. Paul's Methodist Church at 7000 Edgemere, just up the road from Burges High School. The church has been there for years and their holiday craft fair has a lot of local vendors. When my boys were little, I used to take them there so they could pick out an ornament or some little item that they could put on our Christmas tree. One year I bought all of my siblings hand-knitted blankets and took care of my Christmas list in one afternoon.

The nice thing about a neighborhood church's craft fair is that you not only help out local vendors but you also help out the church because their table rental fee helps them keep their doors open. Check out the craft fair this weekend at St. Paul's. You never know what you'll find.

WHAT: Holiday Craft Fair
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Paul's Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere

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