First Christian Church was filled with Christmas trees, shimmery garland and the aroma of freshly baked cookies as vendors and community members gathered for the eighth annual Christmas Bazaar event Saturday.
“This just gives us a reason to have more fun and see those friends that we haven’t seen in a while,” said event organizer Brenda Mosby.
Brenda Mosby, the organizer of The First Christian Church Christmas bazaar, sells hand-made jewelry Saturday in Columbia. This was the first bazaar after the pandemic.
The last time the event was held, over 460 community members and friends attended. Mosby said Saturday morning she was hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.
Positioned in a large, white room decorated for the holidays were six rows of tables lined with vendors selling clothing, jewelry, jams, wood-carved art and more.
LEFT: Christmas bells at The First Christian Church Christmas bazaar Saturday in Columbia. People sell all kinds of items including clothes, jewelry, Christmas decorations and biscuits. RIGHT: Maddie Marrero, right, serves a cup of water to Sandy Stallman at The First Christian Church Christmas bazaar Saturday in Columbia. Morrero helped to sell drinks and food at the event.
Cliff Judy was among many other vendors at the event, representing his and his wife’s small business, MyTurn.
“It is pretty unbelievable when you have an entire room full of stuff that was, quite literally, locally made,” said Judy.
MyTurn is a clothing brand that aims to inspire young girls with empowering slogans that crush gender roles. Judy uses an artist from St. Louis and a Columbia printer because it’s important to him that his business embraces local suppliers.
“All of these women and men around here are doing this stuff on their own, which is just really cool,” he said. “It is a testament to the lady who organizes this, Brenda, that she makes a point to do that.”
Megan and Cliff Judy at their stand at The First Christian Church Christmas bazaar Saturday in Columbia. The Judys sell clothing that promotes equal representation in jobs.