How can you help our local children in need and get a head start on your holiday shopping? Attend the Snowflake Boutique! What began as a few friends selling their crafts from their home 37 years ago (1975) has evolved into a major Central Oregon event looked forward to by thousands of people.
This year, for its 38th anniversary, the Snowflake Boutique is looking to be as big as ever. The event, which annually kicks off the holiday season, is set for November 1-2 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Redmond in the North Sister building. Door prize opportunities abound for a chance to win hand-made treasures donated by Snowflake members and local crafters as well as gift certificates generously donated by local restaurants and businesses.
The Snowflake Boutique is unique in many ways. It is a club, not a business. Club members donate their time to organize, set up and run this arts and crafts show. Consigners are “juried” to assure that their handcrafted items are of the highest quality and are not duplicates of another consigner’s craft. They usually have around 80 consigners that take part in the show, each one with their own unique style that almost guarantees the perfect gift for you or someone special.
The Snowflake Boutique differs from a bazaar in that items are intermingled for maximum ambience rather than segregated in booths. Common themes include fishing, sports, floral arrangements, tree decorations, autumn, holiday, kitchen, garden, western and everything in between.
You can expect to find wood carvings, bird houses, quilts, furniture, clothing and accessories for kids and adults, doll clothes, metal work, ceramics, soaps, candles, jewelry, one-of-a-kind decorations and lots of Santas, snowmen and angels. And there’s no need to pull out your wallet out every time you find something you want – just pay one time as you exit (debit and credit cards accepted).
The nonprofit organization that presents the Snowflake Boutique each year donates the post-expense proceeds to the Family Access Network (FAN) in Redmond. FAN is a collaborative network of agencies and school districts that provide services to children and families in need of basic resources, such as food, shelter, education and clothing.
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Redmond. North Sisters Building. November 1, 1-8pm. November 2, 9am-4pm. $30 door charge part of which goes to the Family Access Network (FAN) of Central Oregon.