Silly Holiday Bazaar will open at the Yarrow on Dec. 14 and 15
Since 2006, the Park Silly Sunday Market, a green, weekly, open-air event on Historic Main Street, provided local vendors a place to sell their wares during the summer.
Three years ago, organizers decided to host a winter market called the Silly Holiday Bazaar (How Bizarre) to help these vendors make money during the winter.
The Bazaar was originally held at Park City High School and featured upwards of 90 vendors.
This year, the Silly Holiday Bazaar, which will be held Dec. 14 and 15, will move to the Yarrow Resort Hotel, said Ryan Cray, the Bazaar’s director of media and programming.
"The Yarrow is a great facility and is located in a more central location," Cray said. "It’s also bigger, so we’ll be able to fit more vendors in as well."
There will be more than 100 vendors participating this year.
"This is the most we’ve ever had," Cray said. "So it’s exciting for us."
Another change is that the Silly Holiday Bazaar will be presented later than usual.
"In the past we’ve held it the first week of December," Cray explained. "This year, we’re going to do it on Dec. 14 and 15, which is after all the resorts are open. So if people are coming up to ski, they can do a little shopping right after they ski, or they can take a day off of skiing to shop."
Vendors will offer a variety of products including clothing, accessories, art and jewelry.
"First and foremost, all the vendors are from Utah," Cray said. "Michelle McDonald, who is our vendor director, tries to bring in a diverse group of vendors.
"You will see some who are veterans to the Park Silly Sunday Market, but you will also see some new vendors who have never worked with us before as well," she said. "Regardless, this is a good way to support local businesses, rather than going to the big corporate stores."
Cray likes to think the Holiday Bazaar helps the vendors during the "lean season."
"Selling their items is how they earn their livelihood," she said. "They sell at different markets during the summer, but once the winter hits, they hit a lull. So this is a nice way for them to chug along."
In addition to the vendors, Santa will be on hand for photos with children.
"We’ll have a traditional Santa this year," Cray said laughing. "One year we had a hippie Santa, but he scared the kids with his tie-dye shirts and stuff. So we decided to go back to the traditional way."
The Silly Bazaar is also run with the same eco-friendly philosophy as the Park Silly Sunday Market.
"We’re aiming to keep this event green as well," Cray said. "With all the things we do, we try to implement our zero-waste program."
The Park Silly Sunday Market’s Silly Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Yarrow Resort Hotel, 1800 Park Ave., from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.org.
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