It might sound like a cliché, but this year’s Parish of St. Ann Annual Bazaar actually is bigger and better than ever.
More tables, more items for sale, more hours and (fortunately) more volunteers — that’s just a taste of what’s in store this year for the Bethany Beach parish’s popular fundraiser, according to bazaar chair Alexis Sclama.
“The rooms are busting,” Sclama said of the spaces in two parish buildings that have housed the bazaar for the past 39 years. “We are expanding into every nook and cranny that’s available to us.”
The 280 volunteers — nearly triple the number of bazaars past, according to Sclama — will likely be thankful that Sclama has carved out a bit of space this year for a “volunteer lounge” where workers can take a break and get some water and a snack.
Although credit cards were accepted in some areas of the bazaar last year, on an experimental basis, Sclama said all areas of the bazaar will accept them this year. Also back this year after a trial run in 2018 is an event program, which has expanded to 32 pages this year, thanks to generous advertisers, Sclama said.
There are so many items for sale that Sclama ordered 15 more tables than they used last year. For sale at bargain prices will be new and gently-used goods including linens, jewelry, small appliances, housewares, Christmas and religious items, books, toys, bikes, furniture, tools and more, Sclama said.
Donations of goods have been “incredible,” she said. “The community support has been amazing.” Revenues from the bazaar have tripled in the past three years, she said, adding that she expects the trend to continue.
“My motto this year is ‘Price it low and let it go,’” Sclama said. Items range in price from individual Christmas ornaments priced as low as 25 cents, to Henredon sofas Sclama said will probably sell for “hundreds.”
“We have a lot of high-quality items,” including designer handbags, original artwork, antique furniture and toys, as well as fine jewelry, she said. “We have a keen eye for things.”
In addition to the household items and other goodies, there will be food for sale for hungry shoppers, including sausage subs, barbecue sandwiches, hotdogs, rootbeer floats and more.
The Parish of St. Ann 39th Annual Bazaar will begin Thursday, Aug. 1, with Premier Night from 3 to 7 p.m. with an admission fee of $5 for the early chance at the best of the goods. Friday bazaar hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday the bazaar will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday as well. A cash raffle drawing will be held on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., and a wicker furniture set raffle, You-Pick-It raffle and quilt raffle will be drawn at noon on Saturday.
St. Ann Catholic Church is located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach.
By Kerin Magill