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Start holiday shopping early at Harwood Autumn showcase

The fifth annual Harwood Autumn Showcase is sure to have something for everyone as a variety of vendors invade the Harwood Community Center, 110 Freedland Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual event billed as the perfect place to complete your holiday shopping early.

What you'll find are booths galore, along with the opportunity to shop and socialize all for an excellent cause, to both support the many local home based businesses in the area, as well as a fundraiser for the community center to help offset the operational costs.

The vendors will offer everything from jewelry, to candles, woven baskets, send out cards, glass etching, home storage, corsets, homecare products, wellness products, homemade craft items, to kitchen gadgets, all unique to the perfect shopper.

Among the participating vendors are: Longeburger, Tastefully Simple, Sew Crazy 'n Stuff, Dabblin n Design, Juice Plus, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Look Younger, Gifts from Rue's Truly, Send Out Cards, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, That's My Pan, Jewel by Park Lane, Creative Memories, Celebrating Home, The Crystal Corset and Nowelle's Kreation.

Carla Wolsky and Kristie Monson are once again coordinating the event and would encourage everyone to drive on out to Harwood and check it out.

"Every year brings its own niche," Wolsky said. " It all depends on who the vendors are and what people are looking for. We have a little something for everyone. It is a great way to do some Christmas shopping, especially for those hard to shop for people. You will find items from businesses that are not found in stores and it is a great way to support local home based businesses. What better way to do that while also enjoying some wonderful food."

This year, the food will once again feature delicious homemade soups, specialty breads, which Breadsmith donates each year, along with several fancy desserts relying on a lot of chocolate and pumpkin as main ingredients.

Wolsky said the event has managed to grow through the years because of "all the wonderful vendors who showcase their businesses along with the excellent food."

She said events such as this are important to help maintain the community center, which was built and is maintained by volunteers, and operates as a non-profit entity for which no city tax dollars are used.

There is no admission charge to the show.

Any home based business that is interested in displaying in the show still has time to do so by contacting Monson at 218-790-8232 or emailing Wolsky at