A Bounty Of Craft Fairs

Time to start making those gift lists


If you haven’t made that list of recipients and ideas for their gifts, get it down on paper now. Starting this weekend, the Rim Country has a bounty of craft fairs to visit where you can find that one-of-a-kind treasure for every special loved one and friend on that list.

Keep in mind this is just an initial listing of all the holiday shopping events planned for the coming weeks. Watch the Review “Getaway” and Roundup “Almanac” pages as more opportunities for gift getting are announced.


'Try before you buy', always a good axiom that may result in a satisfied customer and vendor.

St. Philip’s Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

St. Philip’s Catholic Church’s annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held the first weekend in November in the Parish Hall, 511 S. St. Philip St.

Offered for sale are beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts, seasonal decorations and useful household items handmade with love by members of the Mystical Rose Sodality.

A bargain table is also featured with gently used, but useful items. 

Delicious, freshly baked goods may be sampled with coffee while shopping. A wide variety of pies, cookies, breads, and some sugar-free treats are also available to purchase. 

For added fun, shoppers may try your luck buying tickets for three exquisite prizes:  a popcorn-stitch afghan, a Regency porcelain doll, and an angel afghan. 

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. 

Check back between 9 a.m. and noon, Sunday, Nov. 6 and give yourself the gift of fresh plain and iced cinnamon rolls will be available in addition to the remaining sale items.

And then at noon, Sunday, the raffle winners will be drawn. 

Loving and generous Mystical Rose Sodality members will use all of the money generated to perform many good works throughout the year.

Rummage Sale

The Ponderosa Chapter No. 64 Order of the Eastern Saturday Star will present a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.

Donations are being accepted for the sale and members will even pick up contributed items. Call (928) 970-1169 or (928) 474-0521 for free pickup.

The sale will be at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Rd., Payson located a quarter block south of roundabout at Airline and Beeline. Proceeds will benefit scholarships, cancer and heart funds and the Time Out Shelter.


Get to shop til you drop at Rim Country seasonal craft fairs.

Pine-Strawberry Christmas Boutique

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will be open every weekend in November. The annual Christmas Boutique features handmade Christmas ornaments, gifts and holiday decor created by local artists and crafters in the Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild.

The annual Christmas Boutique is in the Craft Room at the Pine Community Center every weekend in November, starting at 10 a.m. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6; Nov. 12-13; Nov. 19-20; and Nov. 26-27. The Pine Community Center is located at 3886 N Highway 87 in Pine.


Bake sales are part and parcel of the holiday fairs - such as the Womans Club Holly Berry Fair, which is Saturday, Nov. 12.

Holly Berry Fair

The Payson Woman’s Club has scheduled its annual Holly Berry Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Payson Woman’s Club building, 510 West Main Street and the public is invited to attend.

Dixie Jones has been selected chairman of the fair and can be contacted at (928) 474-3409.

Enjoy a raffle of new and handmade items, coordinated by Dese Muller and Anne Diener; a bake sale featuring homemade pies, cakes, cupcakes, etc. headed up by Jacque Griffin and Odette Fulton; and Alta Dudley, Patty Rhoades and Jeri Chilson will provide a lunch of green chili burros, Mexican potato soup, chips, and salsa.

12th Annual Merry Mall

The Payson Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., will present its 12th Annual Merry Mall from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12.There will be baked goods and crafts, plus a Potato Bar and guests can also buy a piece pie.

High Country Holiday Bazaar

The Community Presbyterian Church’s High Country Holiday Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Julia Randall Elementary School, 902 W Main Street, Payson.

A variety of arts and craft and baked goods will be available, along with a barbecue beef sandwich lunch. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the children.


The St. Philip’s Catholic Church’s annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale will be held Nov. 4, 5 and 6 in the Parish Hall, 511 S. St. Philip St. – and be honest – Aren’t they one of your favorite parts?

The gift of books

Gently used books will be available through the Rim Country Literacy’s 12th Annual Used Book Sale Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 at RCLP’s new offices at 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Café.

And if you would like to put your good used books back in circulation they are being accepted at the Literacy Offices, Payson Senior Circle, and Pine Strawberry School.

Call the Rim Country Literacy Office at (928) 468-7257 with any questions.

Also during November the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will feature an extensive collection of Christmas fiction, music, cookbooks, craft books and more.  There will also be bookstore gift certificates available for only $3. 

All hardback books are two for the price of one throughout November.  As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first.  Many of these volumes are current bestsellers in like new condition.  Since the hardback books range in price from $3 to $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to stock up on inexpensive Christmas gifts.

Bookstore stock is constantly changing and while not everything will be offered at this special price, there are plenty of other titles from which to choose. 

All Bookstore proceeds directly support the library. 

The LFOP Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.  For more information visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at www.libraryfriendsofpayson.org


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