AAUW Bazaar opens at 10 on Saturday with nearly 100 booths for holiday shoppers

Some see the AAUW Bazaar as the start of the holiday shopping season. With nearly 100 vendors filling nooks and crannies big and small at the high school, this year’s event promises something for everyone on your shopping list.

“It includes the auditorium foyer, the gym, and the foyer around the entrance to the high school. It’s enough space for 93 different vendors who are going to be there this year.”

That is Sandy Solenberger who co-chairs this year’s bazaar with long-time co-chair Kathy Daquilanea.

AAUW Holiday Bazaar 2019 poster designed by Stacy Studebaker.



The Kodiak chapter of the American Association of University Women—AAUW—was founded in 1965. Solenberger says she expects the first ever bazaar was held a few years later, making it one of the longest running such local events.

She adds bazaar goers can expect to see a lot of new sellers mixed in with many long-time favorites.

“A very high percentage of the vendors that are there are repeats. And I was thinking our poster was done by Stacy Studebaker, and she’ll be back. And I often think about the Humane Society is always there with their homemade dog biscuits. And this year we have someone who’s going to be doing stained glass and he has stained glass night lights and other things that you wouldn’t think of. There are fine artists, there are fish metal artists, there are artists of any medium you can imagine.”

Proceeds from the bazaar go to fund scholarships.

The bazaar runs from 10 to 4 Saturday. Admission is free, and Solenberger reminds everyone be sure to bring their own bags for carrying purchases.

Shoppers can enter by way of the high school or the auditorium entrance.

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