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November 27, 2017 by: Mark Dawson

Our 8th Annual Country Christmas Open House and Craft Bazaar

Our 8th Annual Country Christmas Open House and Craft Bazaar

This coming weekend (December 2nd and 3rd, 2017) we will host our 8th Country Christmas Open House & Craft Bazaar. We are excited and working fast and hard to be ready for our vendors and guests. So how did this event get it's start?

Why Do It?

- In 2009, after being open a year and a half, we were approached by the Rogersville Senior Center regarding interest in being in there Holiday Parade of Homes, where ticket sales would raise money to support the center. Seeing an opportunity to get some exposure for our new business, we agreed to do so. Anticipating a good turnout, we decorated and prepared food and drink, like we were accustomed to for such tours while we lived in Texas. 

We only got 16 people to show up! One lady, however, gave us some press on her "Blog", something new at the time. Needless to say, we had a lot of holiday treats to eat after the disappointing turnout. 

As we pondered this, Dixie says "next year, we're going to have our own open house, and i am going to get some crafters and a Santa Claus. Do it like they did in Texas". You see, we were accustomed back in the 80's and 90's living near Dallas, seeing MANY Holiday Open Houses, throughout neighborhoods where folks showed off their Christmas decorated homes, offered up some snacks and warm drinks, and often sold handcrafted items they and a few friends made. Larger events were held to support a sorority, or church. I thought Dixie was hitting the Holiday Sauce, myself.Little 

Our First Open House (2010)

Well, Dixie purchased a Santa outfit, contacted Santa and he agreed to help out, and contact was made with a few vendors. Our focus was to expose our B&B to new potential guests, while supporting some local vendors who might offer up some Holiday gifts made locally. I prepared finger foods and drinks, and we spread the word (pre-social media at this time). While the turnout was MUCH BETTER than the Parade of Homes, and our vendors did "OK", we were happy with the results. Many of us vendors, purchased items from one another furthering sales. Santa was perfect, and kids were happy.

2010 Craft Bazaar and Santa

Our First Craft Bazaar in 2010.

Other Open House's 2011 to present)

Social media has really launched this event to new levels, along with awareness and repeat vendor and buyers passing the word around. Some vendors asked us to add Sunday (few afternoon hours) to the event for shoppers not able to make Saturday. We added a mid-day performance by the Finley River Boys, a local Bluegrass group, Santa keeps coming back, we've met Amish friends who bring Baked Goods and crowds continue to grow. Vendors report growing sales and well, which is all we could hope for. 

2016 Craft Bazaar

Our Last Craft Bazaar in 2016

Why Do It?

- In 2009, after being open a year and a half, we were approached by the Rogersville Senior Center regarding interest in being in there Holiday Parade of Homes, where ticket sales would raise money to support the center. Seeing an opportunity to get some exposure for our new business, we agreed to do so. Anticipating a good turnout, we decorated and prepared food and drink, like we were accustomed to for such tours while we lived in Texas. 

We only got 16 people to show up! One lady, however, gave us some press on her "Blog", something new at the time. Needless to say, we had a lot of holiday treats to eat after the disappointing turnout. 

As we pondered this, Dixie says "next year, we're going to have our own open house, and i am going to get some crafters and a Santa Claus. Do it like they did in Texas". You see, we were accustomed back in the 80's and 90's living near Dallas, seeing MANY Holiday Open Houses, throughout neighborhoods where folks showed off their Christmas decorated homes, offered up some snacks and warm drinks, and often sold handcrafted items they and a few friends made. Larger events were held to support a sorority, or church. I thought Dixie was hitting the Holiday Sauce, myself.Little   

Finley River Boys Bluegrass

The Finley River Boys Perform - 2016 Craft Bazaar

Vendor at 2016 Craft Bazaar

One of Our Vendors - 2016 Craft Bazaar

Santa 2016 Craft Bazaar

Santa ALWAYS Knows Who's Naughty and Who's Nice - 2016 Craft Bazaar

So What's In Store for 2017?

More of the same. Several NEW vendors will be joining us. Santa and The Finley River Boys are back by POPULAR DEMAND, and we just strive to keep making and growing this event. So, if you aren't doing anything, why not come out and see what we have to offer. 

 

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