How Bazaar!

Tess Rine, Contributor

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December 9, 2017 SEM’s Holiday Bazaar took place. Bazaar, an annual festivity, allows both local and SEM student vendors to sell small items that are perfect for seasonal gifts. Bazaar supports local artisans and SEM clubs – it is the only official time a year that clubs can fundraise.

Sophie Fogel ’20 and Athletic Director Eva Cunningham sold SEM gear. There is still SEM gear available. Receiving SEM gear would make any SEM girl happy this holiday season.

Bazaar always brings holiday festivity and excitement to SEM. Freshman and first time attendee, Annabelle Daley, had a great time selling etched candles for the freshman class. Annabelle said the freshman class could barely fit behind the freshman table because of the amount of excited freshman who were helped.

Bazaar reflected so positively on the SEM community that two years ago when freshman Katie Bergstron’s mother and brother attended, they decided that Katie needed to look into attending the school. Katie said they walked in and fell in love with it. “They knew that I would love it here.”

Jackie Schanzlin and Nia Ellis helped out at the senior table. Water bottles are still being sold for $20.

Bazaar also serves as a way to bring in money for classes and clubs. Senior class treasurer Cienna Certo said Bazaar brought in a lot of money for the senior class. “It was crazy! I was not expecting that turnout, we sold a ton of stuff.” The senior class sold water bottles with the SEM logo and raffle tickets for baskets. The baskets, Cienna’s idea, were a new addition this year. According to Cienna, if the seniors “didn’t have the raffles we would have a lot less money. Those raffles made us so much money.”

The seniors were not the only class looking at Bazaar and seeing dollar signs. Junior class vice president Kailyn Lane said “I would recommend this to my parents’ friends for next year because it is a great place to get Christmas gifts, but mostly, I would  recommend it to everyone because it supports my class.”

Mrs. Heaps sold Lularoe at Bazaar and continues to sell online.

This was SEM math teacher and Lularoe saleswoman Courtney Heaps’s second Bazaar. Mrs. Heaps attended Bazaar once about six years ago and “the crowd has kept me away” since then.  “I guess is a good thing,” that Bazaar is so busy,  she said, “but, it is hard to walk around and see the vendors sometimes.”  Mrs. Heaps said she expects to be back next year.

Bazaar is not for only a great event for SEM students and faculty. Buffalo residents also enjoyed the afternoon of shopping. Buffalo resident and third time attendee, Lisa Lambe, said she comes for the locally made goods. “It’s a nice variety, she said, “such as homemade soaps, jewelry, glassware, hats, scarfs, and ornaments.” Ms. Lambe continued, “Everyone is friendly and it’s a good place to find a one of a kind gift for that difficult person to buy for.”