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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Crowded Mall or Craft Sale?



Picture ten times the people you see in this picture and you will have what the malls will be like any time in December.

People will be running mad in all directions trying to find the elusive present in a time limited shopping spree. Children will be whining and babies will be screaming as you try to squeeze by their strollers!
Ah, the seasonal joys of Christmas Rush!

Now, picture a craft sale at the local church. Even if there is a short line-up to get in, you enjoy talking to all the people you know and probably see yearly at this same event. There's Thelma, bringing in her famous apple pies. Louise will have her delicate and popular tree ornaments at her table alongwith her husband's stained glass angels. The church ladies have a well stocked table of home made jams, salsas and pickles. There is a fabulous selection of knitted hats, scarves and gloves. Everyone flocks to the rummage table where the good old barter system is still in effect! Just make an offer to the old retired pharmamsist who always presides over this table.

The baking table is superb and I hear the $5.00 lunch tickets are going quickly because Bea has once again, made her cabbage rolls! With a salad, sandwich plate and a piece of pie, you can relax and chat with friends while watching the flurry of activity. You just can't beat this small town phenomena. It is part of our heritage.

And I, for one, would much rather spend my time and money supporting this local annual event, than put myself in that crazy crowded mall after driving around for ten minutes trying to find a parking space!


Mother of Invention, checking names off my list after the craft shows!

15 Comments:

Blogger Barbara said...

You've got the right idea. Avoid the malls until well into January when everyone else is too cold and too broke to be there. Malls in December typify the worst of the Christmas spirit.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local church craft sales are the best and are usually jammed too!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How true, MOI. To aviod the rush altogether I've been sitting at my kitchen table with paper and glue pot and drawing pens, making gifts for everyone on my list. I haven't been to a mall in years!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger meno said...

I accidently went near a mall yesterday. What a mess. I am going to mail order anything that i want to buy, or get it at a craft fair like you have described. Wouldn't it be lovely if the Christmas spirit meant homemade gifts?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

After going into our local town this morning to fetch my runaway dogs, I realise you are totally right! Just to drive into the town took long enough, and I didn't go anywhere near the shops!!

My youngest daughter's local school usually does a pretty good craft fair every year, so that's where I'll be heading! (the internet's the alternative, which I'll also make use of, but I have to be in to get the parcels :-( and if I get them sent to work, they get lost in one of those voidoids!)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Barbara:AND when the 50% off sales start!

Old Lady:Yes, I've been to a zillion and you have to line up outside the cgurch early! But I've got some really neat things there.


Pauline: Excellent! You must be crafty! I'm afraid I'm not so much that way.

Meno:I bought a lot online one year at World Wildlife and others like it. Nice things. I'd be baking things for people if all gifts had to be home made...I'm not crafty much.

Annelisa: I sure hate the traffic and trying to find a non-existent parking space! Good idea to support your daughter's school and get gifts done too.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger bobealia said...

I love homemade jams.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger Diana said...

You've got the right idea! The food descriptions are making me drool.

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger RennyBA said...

I so much agree with you and are so glad we actually don't have that many malls in Norway - I'm more into this local markets too.
Just as you saw in my Advent post today - thanks for your comments - always a great read:-)

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger Maggie said...

I detest malls in December. Actually I detest malls most all of the time. I would much prefer a craft fair where there are unique items, smaller crowds and friendly faces to talk to.

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Bobealia: I used to make them but don't anymore! They're the best! Especially freezer jam.


Diana: Yeah, those ladies make everything...even meat pies!

Renny: Must be nice not to have Mall Mania! Your culture has beautiful crafts.

Maggie: I go to tons of them, big or small!

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger brooksba said...

The craft show sounds lovely! Much better than the crass commercialism of the local malls during the holiday season.

Thelma and Louise? Did you make that up? Or is there an actual pair of people named that at the show?

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: I am so NOT looking forward to the few trips I do have to make to the mall!

I made up Thelma and Louise, although there could just as well really be ladies by those names that I just don't know.

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger Lynn said...

I am not too fond of malls. I try to get gifts other ways. I purchased a few online. I was really happy with them too. Today I went to Bowrings and got some beautiful crystal candlesticks for Amber. They also made up a beautiful charger plate with pillar candles on it!
I could have purchased the whole store for her!

Monday, December 04, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynn: You are lucky to be such a crafty person! And you don't have too far to drive to a mall! I love Bowrings! It is so classy. I don't know what a charger plate is!?? Hope you have most of your gifts finished.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

 

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