A Favorite Fall Tradition

And I'd almost forgotten.

I love arts and crafts fairs. LOVE them. And in Texas, November is the month for them. Today is the first one in town, at Madison High School, two days, cramped high school hallways, hopefully something neat and unique at a good price.

Next week is the BEST one, though. It's at an old, historical (some say haunted) house on Broadway, put on by a church. It's all day for a week, from 9-6, every room of the house filled with goodies, one central location to check out. I usually spend at least $50 every year (I'm a cheapskate, guys. I get a LOT for my money.) The VERY best part is that the church ladies make cookies and spiced tea and lay them out for free for the shoppers. I've gotten the best recipes that way. The bad thing is, it's usually REALLY hot (this is Texas) and the house isn't air conditioned, so you get a bit overwhelmed drinking spiced tea and shopping ;) Still, it's a way lot of fun, and my mom and I usually take a half day off to meet down there. This year, I'm taking the whole day because the boy has an ortho appt, so more time to shop!

The following week is Christmas in Comfort, which is the weekend after Thanksgiving, and very old fashioned. The food is definitely not free, though. We've been two years in a row.

I'll have to take a picture of my house after I decorate for Christmas. I really go all out.

I know, this doesn't go, but mmmmmmm.

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Anonymous said...

Those fairs sound like alot of fun, Mary :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like lots of fun, Mary!

Trish Milburn said...

Sounds like a good time. I used to have to cover lots of crafts fairs when I worked for the newspaper and then the magazine. I doubt I ever left one without buying something.

MJFredrick said...

I was doing sooooo good.....only bought a little wooden tree for the first hour. But then I found a sled with a painting of Santa, then a little wooden reindeer with metal horns, then some inexpensive bracelets for gifts for friends.

Then went to JoAnn's and stocked up on ornaments - I love having some to put on gifts, ya know?

Anonymous said...

Mary, I'd love, love, love to go with you! And I have to tell: I'm a cheapskate, too (that's what dh says), but I call it being economical and financially wise!

Colleen Gleason said...

I'm with you on the MMMmmmmmm, Mare.


Anonymous said...

I don't mind browsing craft fairs, but I'm not much of a shopper, really. If I see something that jumps out at me, I'll get it. :)


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