Believe it or not, Christmas is barely more than a month away – so let the local shopping begin.
It starts this weekend at three locations in the valley.
• The 31st annual Methow Valley Community Center Holiday Bazaar stages the first of two shopping days on Saturday (Nov. 23), with more than 60 vendors offering an incredible variety of local and regional personally-created items in the gym. Community Center Manager Kirsten Ostlie said the bazaar is so popular in the valley and the rest of Okanogan County that there’s a waiting list of vendors who want to participate.
The bazaar runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free; donations to the Community Center are accepted at the door. Each vendor handles his or her own sales and some accept credit cards.
Sunflower Catering will once again serve food in the Community Center Kitchen.
The second bazaar will be on Dec. 7, same hours, same place, most of the same vendors.
• In the adjacent Methow Valley Senior Center, the annual Christmas Sale also begins Saturday, and will run through Dec. 20. The sale is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., as well as on the two Saturdays of the bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
In addition to a room full of potential gifts for all ages, the center offers wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, Christmas trees and stands, and decorations. New items are added every day. Cash or checks are accepted, but there are no credit card sales at the Senior Center.
• The annual two-day Methow Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild Annual Show and Sale will be held Friday (Nov. 22) and Saturday at the Guild Room, 137 Old Twisp Highway between Twisp and Winthrop. Hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. All items are one-of-a-kind woven, knit or spun creations.
Cash or checks are accepted at the guild sale, no credit card sales.