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The Chateaux gets Silly with the Holiday Bazaar

It’s been four years since the Park Silly Sunday Market’s Silly Holiday Bazaar started at Park City High School.

After outgrowing that space two years ago, the bazaar moved to the Yarrow. While it planned to remain there this year, construction issues forced the Silly Holiday Bazaar to find a new home this year.

This weekend, the Silly Holiday Bazaar will open at The Chateaux Deer Valley, said Executive Director Kate Boyd.

"We are excited to go to The Chateaux," Boyd said. "They were happy to accommodate us for three days."

The Silly Holiday Bazaar will be held Friday through Sunday at The Chateaux Deer Valley. Admission and parking will be free.

Michelle McDonald, director of operations, said she tried to book unique vendors who will sell original art, gourmet foods, clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.

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"We have more than 70 vendors this year," she said. "We do get a lot of the vendors that many locals know and love from our summer market, but we also find more than half of the vendors we recruit for our winter bazaar work specifically with winter and holiday items, and the summer market isn’t appropriate for them."

The vendor space for the winter bazaar sold out before Silly Sunday Market ended its summer run.

"We select artists and local gourmet-food makers, on a first-come, first-served, basis," she said. "The others we select as space allows. Right now, we have a long waiting list to see if we can squeeze anyone else in at the end of the day."

The idea for a winter bazaar came from vendors and the Park City residents, said Kimberly Kuehn, co-founder of the Park Silly Sunday Market.

"A lot of the people in the community had approached me and told me that they wanted a winter festival so they could purchase items from the same local vendors they had seen in the summer," Kuehn remembered. "At the same time, I’ve had vendors ask us to do a bazaar so they could participate. It took me a while, and we finally did it."

Since its debut in 2010, the Silly Holiday Bazaar, which also features photos with Santa Claus, has become a winter tradition.

"Our phone rings off the hook with calls from people who want to know who the vendors are and when the bazaar will take place, because they want to schedule their weekends, Boyd said. "Vendors also know this even will bring in many people from the community to purchase their works.

"We get super excited because we’re always working on these events," she said. "We know this is also a place for people who want unique gifts they can’t get in the department stores."

To get ideas or recruit vendors, the Park Silly Sunday Market staff visits other bazaars and markets throughout Utah.

"We see many multi-marketers, time shares and direct sales people at these events, and know we could recruit them for our events, but choose not to," Boyd said.

"We want to give a chance to the community to buy local," McDonald said.

Looking back on the past four years, Kuehn said she is both surprised and not surprised at the Holiday Bazaar’s success.

"The community is so strongly behind the project, so it’s not a surprise at how fast the holiday bazaar has grown," she said. "We are, however, surprised at the crowds it attracts. I never thought we would be bursting at the seams this early in the game."

That bodes well for the Park Silly Sunday Market organization overall.

"The Holiday Bazaar is our largest fundraiser of the year and the money we raise from vendors’ fees goes to our operating costs," Boyd sad. "The vendors take home the money they get from sales. We don’t make any money form the free photos with Santa.’

"We don’t charge admission and we worked out a deal with The Chateaux to offer free parking," she said. "This is for the community, but also a nice fundraiser for us."

Park Silly Sunday Market will present its fourth annual free Holiday Bazaar at The Chateaux Deer Valley, 7815 Royal St., from Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14. Friday’s hours will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday’s hours will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the bazaar will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket/winter-bazaar.com.