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Porter County kicks off the ‘Holidaze’

Updated: December 21, 2011 8:28AM



The holiday shopping season in Porter County is officially under way as the fifth annual Holidaze Sell-A-Bration Arts and Crafts show opened Saturday at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso.

Continuing through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 170 vendors from six Midwestern states are on hand offering a variety of handmade and manufactured arts, crafts and gifts. Admission to the show is $1.

Crowds packed the aisles as they searched for that special must-have item. Shoppers were opening their wallets and purses in pursuit of presents. Holiday music played overhead to help shoppers get into the holiday spirit.

Sisters Diane Higgins of DeMotte and Melissa Dunlap of Fair Oaks were selling handmade baskets and by early afternoon had already made some sales. Their baskets range in price from $3 to $100 and may take up to 15 hours to make. They began selling baskets in what Diane described as, “A hobby that outgrew the house.”

The economy is definitely having an impact on sales. “It’s not as good as last year,” said Diane. “People are looking for more of a bargain.”

Emily Mosier, of Valparaiso and her daughter Peggy Hehr, of DeMotte, were doing their Christmas shopping and had already bought some window clings and angels. Mother and daughter attend the show every year.

“There are a lot of beautiful things. The handmade things are terrific,” said Mosier. She said they are just getting started doing their shopping for the holiday season.

Janet Turpin of Lowell was passing out samples at Carol Ann’s Candies booth. “Sales have been good,” said Turpin. “This is a really nice craft show, a lot of homemade things here.”



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