(Nov. 28, 2014) The 32nd annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair returns to the Ocean City convention center this weekend featuring an assortment of gifts for everyone, including knives made from deer antlers, children books and personalized neon signs.
More than 120 vendors will be attended, from Ocean City residents to retailers from other states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.
“There will be many handcrafted items including scarves, ponchos, hats, pocket books and wallets,” said organizer Melanie Collins.
In addition, the fair will include Christmas ornaments, sports memorabilia, toys, jewelry, pet items, candles, plaques, Mary Kay cosmetics, iron flag holders, nautical items, ceramics and homemade soap.
Popular vendor Pooley Glass Engravers of Laurel, Del. will personally engrave items while visitors shop.
“There is a great turnout and Ocean City is a prime spot. Everyone is looking for a special gift and people like that we personalize items,” President Tim Re said. “I thought about giving it up this year, but the friendly people and decent money brought us back for at least one more.”
Dot Robinson of Pittsville has showcased her ceramics at the fair since its inception.
“I have customers who come back and buy from me every year,” Robinson said. “It’s a local event and I do well at the fair selling Ocean City, nautical, home and Christmas items.”
The Holiday Shoppers Fair was started in 1983 to draw visitors to the area during cold, winter months, and about 2,000 people attended the first event. Last year, about 9,000 people shopped for treasures throughout the three days and organizers hope to exceed those numbers this year, Collins said.
“It is a great fair because you can come and buy items not regularly found in stores. There are so many unique items all in one place and it is only $3 for the entire weekend,” she said.
Children can get their faces painted and play games at the 40th Street venue. Santa will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Televisions will be set up in a room for those who don’t want to shop or for those who need a quick break.
Several nonprofit organizations will be on hand, as well.
Delmarva Cat Connection and Town Cats will be back this year. Visitors can get started on the adoption process or purchase items. The Marine Corps League will collect donations for Wounded Warriors and Toys for Tots.
Quilters by the Sea will be in attendance selling raffle tickets for handmade quilts.
Door prize drawings will be held every half hour and winners must be in attendance to receive prizes.
Admission costs $3 for all three days of the Holiday Shopper’s Fair. Children 13 and under get in free.
Show hours are: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information call 1-800-OC-OCEAN, 410-289-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pooley Glass Engravers of Laurel, Del. will personally
- engrave items while shoppers stroll around the Holiday
- Shopper’s Fair this weekend at the Ocean City convention
- center on 40th Street.
PHOTO COURTESY: Tim Re