Savvy shoppers visit holiday bazaar

UVM’s annual Staff Council Holiday Bazaar attracted students, faculty and members of the UVM community to partake in holiday shopping on Dec. 1. More than 45 vendors had tables representing staff, faculty, alumni, retirees and students. The table showcases included wreaths, hand-turned bowls, ornaments and knitted and felted items, according to the UVM website. Karen Lemire of Essex Junction said she had a station set up at the event for the second year in a row, selling a variety of knickknacks like ornaments, jewelry and decorations for wine bottles. Lemire, who works for the physical plant at UVM, said she crafts all year long in order to have enough to sell at the annual bazaar. “I look at the previous year, and I see what sells and what items are popular,” Lemire said. Bethany Wolfe, a UVM staff member, said it was her third year going to the bazaar and that she likes to see if they have different things from year to year. “I just like to see what the vendors have and do Christmas shopping,” Wolfe said. UVM community members were not the only ones there to enjoy the bazaar and get some holiday shopping done — students were attracted as well. First-year Kaylyn Queen said she went to the bazaar to look and shop for Christmas gifts. The bazaar appeared to be a success, as it attracted a large crowd of people and filled the Grand Maple Ballroom.