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One-stop shopping for unique holiday gifts

Perfect gifts for the upcoming holidays is what you'll find at the annual Harwood Autumn Showcase set for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harwood Community Center, 110 Freedland Drive.

What you'll find are booths galore offering one stop shopping as well as the opportunity to socialize while enjoying breakfast or lunch in a relaxed, comfortable setting, and all for an excellent cause - as a fundraiser for the Community Center.

The event will feature approximately 30 local vendors featuring a variety of different products, several personally crafted - everything from specialty towels and cosmetics to candles and handbags to jewelry and food items, plus much, much more.

The vendor list includes: Juice Plus, Totally Towels, Tastefully Simple, Calico Creations, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mia Belle Candles, At Home America, Tupperware, Gifts From Rue's Truly, Silpada Designs, Busy B, Bead Wire Bonsais, Lauraz Handbags, Cookie Lee, In the Shades, dSd Design, Dabblin 'n Design, Longaberger Company, Lia Sophia, Uppercase Living, Jewels by Park Lane, L & L Designs, Cowboy Carver, Norwex, Pure Romance by Laura Kline, Sew Crazy & Stuff, H & G Crafts, Sheyenne Creations, Timberwolves Ceramics, Party Lite, and Ghana Crazy.

Carla Wolsky and Kristie Monson are organizing the event which has been held four years running.

Wolsky, who serves on the Community Center board, said this has turned into a great activity each year, that is growing leaps and bounds through word of mouth publicity from vendor to vendor as well as those attending.

Consequently, what started out as a show with ten vendors has now tripled in size, in terms of both participating businesses as well as those attending each year.

"We thought we would give this a try and it really has blossomed turning into a huge success," Wolsky said. "It really is a nice event. We have a group of very talented people who put a lot of time and energy into their crafts."

Wolsky said "the really neat thing about the event is that a lot of people attend just so they can socialize. They love the lunch and desserts."

This year, the latter will feature piping hot homemade soups, specialty breads which Breadsmith donates to each event, homemade cinnamon and caramel rolls and lots and lots of other sweet treats.

Wolsky said the event has been such a draw for vendors; it's a smaller show making the cost of a booth minimal, plus they also like the small town, laid-back atmosphere.

Monies raised at this year's showcase will be utilized to offset costs involved with operating the nonprofit Community Center, which this season focused greatly on flood assistance efforts, as well as a renovation project of the back room in the center.

There is no admission charge to the show.

Wolsky encourages everyone to stop out and check out the offerings as well as enjoy some of the best homemade goodies you'll find anywhere.