JWC Holiday Boutique is shopping extravaganza

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The Jr. Women’s Club held its annual Holiday Boutique, a little bit of (shopper’s) paradise, last weekend at the Lodge. With more than 40 vendors, some even setting up outside, Canyon Lakers had a wonderful selection of items: costume jewelry, purses, candles, clothing and accessories, essential oils, home decor and lots of handcrafted items such as Christmas ornaments and decorations, stemware, doggie items, yard art, baby clothes and so much more.

It’s not only shoppers who benefit from and enjoy this popular event. Many Canyon Lake entrepreneurs look forward to this day and work all year creating special one-of-a-kind items to offer for sale.

Others agree that it’s a great way to boost the Christmas sales of their home businesses. Resident Helen Sacks and her sister Irene Olshane say they’ve had their fashion accessories booth in the exact same location for about 15 years. “It’s our spot, and people know just where to find us,” says Irene.

This time of year, everyone seems to be looking for the perfect gift, along with a good deal. For many, finding a unique or handcrafted gift , something that can’t be bought at the local big box store, is just as important. The internet has made the quest for uniqueness easier, but purchasing something from an online photo is usually not the first choice.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

One shopper said she loved meeting the creator of her new Christmas ornaments, saying, “It makes them even more special when I hear their stories.” For many, it’s impossible to stick with buying gifts only. Sharlene and Steve Landau say they make sure to come every year, “We buy lots of gifts and always get stuff for ourselves too!”

From sellers to shoppers and even families in need, who will receive the canned goods and coats donated by many of the attendees, the Holiday Boutique is an event that benefits everyone involved.

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