Christmas Bazaar 2017

Christmas Outreach Party
Friday, November 17, 2017

Philadelphia Country Club
Live and Silent Auctions - Dinner  - Christmas Cheer

Christmas Bazaar
Friday, November 17
Noon - 2:00pm

Open for Parishioner Shopping only.
Parish House
Saturday, November 18
9:00am - 3:00pm

Parish House
Attic Treasures,Vintage, Plants, Toys, Books, Kids’ Activities & Other Festivities!

Please offer your help and donations!
These events are critical to fundraising for our Parish Missions,
and to the support to outside entities funded by our Outreach Committee.

Friday Silent Auction
Preview photos of a few of the items which will be available at the Friday Outreach Dinner Silent Auction on November 17.
Christmas Table 2018
Photos of the items available for sale at the Christmas Table at both the Outreach Dinner Party and the Christmas Bazaar.
Saturday Silent Auction
Preview of items available on the Saturday Silent Auction at the Christmas Bazaar.
Christmas Bazaar Spotlights
Each week featuring one of the many shops in our annual Christmas Bazaar.
Spotlight on the Christmas Shop

DSCN0109bazaarSeptember 17

The Christmas Shop at the Bazaar provides an opportunity for shoppers to stock up on host gifts, stocking stuffers and holiday decorations. Unlike most of the other Bazaar shops, the items sold by the Christmas Shop are new, which the committee selects from various gift vendors each year.  Located in the Assembly Room and usually paired with the Crafts table, the Christmas Shop is a fun and busy area at the Bazaar. This year the committee decided to shake things up and selected several new items to sell, including festive dog collars, shadow lamps, socks and jewelry. If you are interested in volunteering with the Christmas Shop, please contact Susan Van Allen or Carol Chew.

Spotlight on Christmas Crafts

DSCN0119BazaarSeptember 24

The Crafts table at the Bazaar displays the handiwork of parishioners both young and old. From decorative trees and wreaths made solely out of vintage ornaments (and a little glue) to handmade ornaments and decorative garlands for your tree, we strive to display and sell some of Redeemer’s creativity. Are you crafty or handy with a glue gun or ribbon? If not, do you like to pretend to be while chatting over some refreshments? All Redeemer parishioners are welcome to join in the fun!  We encourage you to drop by the Craft Room in the basement of the Parish House any time during our open hours – this week we will be there between 11 am and 2 pm on both Monday (9/25) and Tuesday (9/26) as well as between 8 pm and 10 pm on both Monday (9/25) and Tuesday (9/26) evening.  You can reach the Craft Room by going down the stairs located near the kitchen. The Craft Room is immediately on your left at the bottom of the stairs. If you would like more information, including photos of what crafts we will be making and the Craft Room’s weekly schedule, please contact Caroline Manogue

Spotlight on Attic Treasures

Attic TreasuresOctober 1

Attic Treasures at the Christmas Bazaar is filled with just that—treasures!  You can find kitchenware, entertaining items, housewares and holiday items in our main room. We also have a separate room for garden and linens as well as yet another room for electronics and sporting goods.  All of these items are located in the lower level of the Parish Hall.  Outside on the parking lot we set up our furniture area which looks like a outdoor mall filled with chairs, tables, dressers, bookshelves, desks, etc. accessorized with multiple area rugs. All of our items are considered “gently used” and would be things you would give to a friend who is moving into a new apartment or home. We schedule furniture drop-offs so please contact Melanie LeBoeuf  with those requests. This year Attic Treasures is in particular need of holiday decorations which includes ALL holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter) as these sell VERY well. For more information on Attic Treasures please contact Co-Chairs Melanie LeBoeuf or Lauren McKinney.

Spotlight on Outreach Dinner Silent Auction
Friday Silent Auction

October 8

As part of our Outreach Dinner Program fundraiser held on November 17 at the Philadelphia Country Club, we hold our annual Live and Silent Auctions. We are looking for folks who would like to either contribute an item or an “experience” for the auction. Popular items in the past have been bottles of wine, framed historical maps, sporting event tickets, classical music concert tickets, unique framed art/sculptures, restaurant gift certificates in any amount, tickets for classes at local gardens, the zoo, or museums, vacation homes for a week, rare books, or anything else that is a bit unusual or interesting. The “experience” contributions can be your opportunity to impart a passion that you would like to teach/share with an individual or a small group - a round of golf, host a small dinner party, a private musical concert with your beloved instrument, or a biking tour to your favorite spot. Have fun, use your imagination while helping us to raise funds for Outreach. Please contact Beth Ganss with your items and ideas. Thank you! 

Spotlight on Vintage

VintageOctober 15

Join our efforts in capturing the spirit, style and elegance of by-gone eras as you think Vintage Boutique. Our wish list of donations for ladies include estate, antique and costume jewelry, leather gloves, designer handbags, silk scarves and mink stoles. For the gents we seek formal wear, vests, bow ties, top hats and pocket watches. You are welcome to drop-off to Parish Office and Sundays 8am-noon. With your help we once again offer a bountiful boutique beckoning buyers. Look for set-up week and preview party specials. Call on committee members to volunteer! Lisa Gardiner Davis, Pam McMullen, Karen Nagel and Kristin Cahn von Seelen welcome your energy!

Spotlight on Clothing Boutique

Clothing-Boutique-photoOctober 22

The Women’s and Men’s Clothing Boutique, a spin-off from Vintage, is a recent addition to the Christmas Bazaar. We are now receiving donations of new and pre-owned clothing in excellent or good condition, ready for resale. As you change over clothes for the season, please look through your closet and clean out for good—for the good of those who will benefit from Redeemer’s outreach; for the good of the environment by recycling your apparel; for the good of those who will enjoy the outfits you pass along; and for your own good—lifting your spirits as you lighten your load. We are seeking women’s casual, professional or festive dresses, jackets, blouses, sweaters, pants, skirts, suits, and outerwear as well as men’s suits, slacks, jackets, shirts, sweaters and outerwear. Please drop off your garments at the end of the corridor in the Parish House basement. Donation receipts are available at that location. For more information or to volunteer, please contact any member of the Clothing Boutique Committee: Barbara Billings, Kirsten Comai, Leslie Boris, Emily Gibb, Chandra Kee, Suzanne Lammers, Minky McAdoo, Cynthia Spadaro , Emily Spadaro, Anne Tsangaris or Emily Zeiders.

Spotlight on Saturday Silent Auction

Saturday-Silent-Auction-photoOctober 29

The Silent Auction is held on the date of the Bazaar—Saturday, November 18. The auction features small pieces of furniture, decorative items, and original art. There are always unique items which cannot be found anywhere else. This year we have a pair of concrete lions, beautiful lamps, handmade marble games, and a gorgeous oriental hand painted chest with many drawers. We need additional donations of small and unique items. The items can be dropped off at the Parish Office during the week and Sunday from 8am to Noon. Call Carolyn Bennett or Jane Hastings to volunteer or for additional information.

Spotlight on Children's Activities

Bazaar-Childrens-ActivitiesNovember 5

Who says the Christmas Bazaar (November 18) is just for the grown-ups? Children’s Activities at the Bazaar provide parents and children an opportunity to take a break from the buzz of shopping and spend time together creating Christmas crafts, playing games and just having fun! Located upstairs near our Toys room, children have the opportunity to create one of a kind ornaments and seasonal crafts to decorate with at home or to give as gifts. We have lots of fun in addition to our craft room. Children will also have the opportunity to meet the Phillie Fanatic or climb aboard a real Firetruck! For more information on Children’s Activities please contact Tory Dunkle. 

Spotlight on Decorations

Bazaar window DecorationsNovember 5

Thank you to everyone who donated magnificent hydrangea for the Assembly room window decorations. 7 cans of silver and gold metallic paint and 125 sparkling blossoms later, we are ready to put together the window decorations that will last through Christmas. During November 14, 15 and 16, we will need holly with berries and a variety of pine and evergreens. Bows should be 18”-30” long and dropped off in the cool entryway to the Assembly room that comes in off the playground. Arrangement fabrication will take place on Thursday, November 16. We are looking for a volunteer(s) to help with the watering of the arrangements, as the greens are living and tend to dry out from the abundance of heat pouring out of the radiators. If you have an activity that brings you to the parish house on a regular basis during December, we will have watering cans available in the office. Last year, the watering elves kept the arrangements going until Christmas Eve. Thank you to the 2016 volunteers. Please contact Carol Chew if you can lend a hand.

2017 Christmas Bazaar Everything You Need To Know

By Susan Van Allen

While we’re enjoying the beginning of fall, the Redeemer community is thick in the planning of our annual Christmas Bazaar Weekend (November 17th and 18th) and we wanted to share some important information with you about these major Outreach fundraising events.

Friday’s Christmas Outreach Dinner Party will be held at Philadelphia Country Club (PCC) on the 18th of November. As I mentioned in an earlier article, we struggled with this decision.  Traditional host club Merion Cricket Club, like PCC, offers excellent hospitality and is conveniently located within a short distance from the Church. What decided the matter for the Committee was the ease in setting up at PCC. We are excited to return to PCC and are working with the club to create a new and exciting menu for 2017! Additionally we are starting to put together the Outreach Dinner Silent and Live Auctions.  If you have an item or service that you would like to donate, please contact Beth Ganss or Susan Van Allen

Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar will be held, as always, at the Parish House on the 18th of November. In addition to our traditional events (including Attic Treasures, Books, Toys, Children’s Activities, Vintage, Silent Auction, Christmas Shop, Crafts), we are exploring several new ideas – including new ideas around food service!  Look to future articles for details!

You may start dropping off items any time but first check with the committee chairs listed below or with the office. In addition there are four Drop Off Sundays:

            October 15, 2017, 8am-noon
            October 22, 2017, 8am-noon
            October 29, 2017, 8am-noon
            November 5, 2017, 8am-noon

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Silent & Live Auctions:  Small antiques, Sterling silver, China, Art, Unusual “smalls”, small furniture, antiques, family heirlooms, paintings, furnishings; also donations of vacation homes, sports tickets, airline tickets, babysitting, spa treatments, dermatologist service, orthodontist service, teeth whitening, restaurant certificates, ski tickets, special parties, fine wine, limo rides, etc.

Vintage Boutique:  Antique Jewelry & Accessories - Gold, Silver, Precious Gems, Tortoise Shell & vintage pieces. Finer Designer clothes (dresses, slacks, skirts and blouses), Cashmere Sweaters, Jackets, Coats & Furs. Designer handbags and clutches.

Wish List For the Gents:                         
Bowties, Ascots                            
Pocket Watches & Fobs                
Cuff Links, Canes, Top Hats        
Pipe & Cigar Collectibles       

Wish List For the Ladies:
Pearls, Beads, Pins & Pendants
Bangles, Rhinestones, Leather Gloves
Evening Bags, Pocket Books & Purses
Silk Scarves, Perfume Bottles, Hand Mirror
Brush & Comb Sets, Hair Accessories

Attic Treasures:  gently used or new items that you would be glad to give to a friend – including furniture!

Books:  new and used books, DVDs, CDs

Crafts: Old Christmas ornaments (all shapes and sizes), glue sticks (for glue guns), artificial wreaths (all sizes, shapes and materials), felt (especially green and red), foam cones/wreaths, jingle bells, pine cones (large and small), ribbon

Toys:  clean toys and children's items, unbroken and with all pieces, please

Volunteers:  Please consider helping with any of the committees or events such as Lunch, Breakfast & Coffee, Attic Treasures, Toys, Children’s Activities, Christmas Shop & Plants, or with set-up or clean-up

Regular Committee meetings will begin in the fall—it is not too late to join us! We hope you’ll consider joining us or providing help over the Event weekend. Your questions, comments and advice are invaluable and everyone is welcome to help us make our major outreach fundraiser a success. Remember, the more funds we raise, the more support we can provide to the many organizations that have asked us for help.  Our meeting dates are as follows: 

September 11    6:30pm (Monday)
September 25    6:30pm (Monday)
October 16        6:30pm (Monday)
October 30        9:00am (Monday)
November 6        6:30pm (Monday)
November 13       9:00am (Monday)

Additional Requests from the Bazaar Committee
Submit Your Photos
As many of you may remember, we enjoyed a lovely photo montage during the dinner hour at the Outreach Dinner at Philadelphia Country Club last November. This year, we are starting early to ask for your favorite photos of your family and friends enjoying one of the many church events including the 2016 Bazaar, the 2016 Christmas pageant, Easter 2017, The Youth Work trip and many more 2017 events. Please forward these photos to Carol Chew or Ken Garner with the subject Bazaar Photos. If you have time to include the event name and the names of people in your photo, we would appreciate it, but it is not a requirement. 

Hydrangea Needed
We have already received generous donations of hydrangea for the windowsills, though big, bushy blossoms are still needed. Please drop these off at the office and label them, Carol Chew. During the week of November 13, we will be collecting holly with berries also for the assembly room windowsill decorations. These can be dropped off in the assembly room entry, by the playground so that they stay cool.
2017 Bazaar Contacts

Questions?  Contact:

Click on the name to send an email.


Please consider helping with any of the committees or events such as Lunch, Breakfast & Coffee, Attic Treasures, Toys, Children’s Activities, Christmas Shop & Plants, or with set-up or clean-up


Susan Van Allen

Carol Chew

African Children's Mission:

Prill Bradshaw

Attic Treasures:

Melanie LeBoeuf

Lauren McKinney


Deann Mills

Children’s Activities:

Andrea Cayley

Tory Dunkle


Caroline Manogue

Saturday Silent Auction:

Carolyn Morris

Carolyn Bennett

Jane Hastings




Lisa Davis

Pam McMullin

Karen Nagel

Kristen Cahn von Seelen

Leslie Susskind