One way to tell the holiday season’s approaching is by noting the number of holiday bazaars.
That’s right. From now through December, dozens of bazaars will attract thousands of shoppers, presenting them with gift ideas galore.
Items range from handmade crafts to baked goods to rummage articles.
A couple of bazaars have already happened; but the bulk are still ahead.
Some bazaars are truly unique and, well, bizarre.
One that’s toward the unusual is the Scandinavian Bazaar, which runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Central Lutheran Church, 309 W. Fifth.
There’ll be coffee from 9-11 a.m. The craft sale starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. A Scandinavian lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Featured attractions are lefse, Scandinavian cookies, crafts and the knit and needle shop. (Go early to this event if you’re interested in the Scandinavian goodies; they go fast.)
On Sunday, the Spokane Buddhist Church, 927 S. Perry, will host its annual fall food bazaar and bake sale.
A host of Oriental foods will be served. Various Japanese and American baked goods will also be available.
Another interesting bazaar is the German Society’s annual Christmas Bazaar Nov. 11, at 25 W. Third from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lots of German baked goods and crafts as well as numerous other unusual Christmas items will be available. There will also be lunch.
An Alternative Christmas Sale is the name of the bazaar being held at First Presbyterian Church, S. 318 Cedar, Thursday through Nov. 12.
Gifts have been gathered from around the world. There’s even an Ethiopian dinner planned for Nov. 10.
See list on this page for a lineup of bazaars in the region.