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Shop Small Saturday in Bluffton

UPDATE: Et Cetera Shop will have extended hours, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Saturday, November 27 is Small Business Saturday, a “shopping holiday” that supports local businesses. In a village the size of Bluffton, you might say every day is “shop small” day. But it’s still a great time to say “thank you for being here” to our local merchants and to enjoy the Blaze of Lights festival.

Many shops will be open later than usual for the Blaze of Lights. Some note that they’ll stay open “as long as there are shoppers!” (noted here with “?”).

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Celebrating 75 years of fair trade

Bluffton’s Ten Thousand Villages store, 115 S Main St., is preparing for its biggest sale of the year--to be held November 12 and 13--and is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the fair trade movement. World Fair Trade sales have grown ten-fold from 2004 to 2018 ($.83 to $9.8 billion euros), but the movement's start was on the smallest of scales.

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The making of Rustic Bendz

Jenny Frankart admired spoon rings and had watched an artisan at the Tiffin Flea Market make rings. Instead of going shopping, she ordered a ring making vise from Ukraine and waited six month for it to come to rural Bluffton. Her father-in-law modified it to work with flatware. That was in 2013.

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Wreath sale at Et Cetera during Downtown Christmas Open House

The Et Cetera Shop, 327 N Main St,  is one of fifteen downtown merchants participating in the annual Downtown Christmas Open House on November 5 and 6.

The thrift store is having a wreath sale: all wreaths will be half price. Other Christmas stock includes fabric, gift bags, greeting cards, wrapping paper, tinsel, knickknacks,  garlands,  baubles and trees.

Et Cetera Shop supports the relief, development and peace work of the Mennonite Central Committee. The organization’s motto is “where every purchase is a gift to the world!”

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Saturday candle making workshop at Blended Roots

From noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, Blended Roots, 246 Cherry St., is holding a “Make Your Own Candle” workshop with shaved wax. The project is like sand art but with scented and colored wax. Participants choose any combination they want.

Store manager Julia Keiser notes that candle making is perfect for young kids and adults. Prices are based on the size of candle you make.

The shop featuring art and crafts made by local artisans is open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Friday; from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 Saturday, and from noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Suspense on sale at Book ReViews

On Friday and Saturday, October 29-30, Book ReViews is having a sale on Suspense novels to get readers in the Halloween mood. Shoppers can stock up on spooky reads for 50 cents each. New titles were put out on the sales floor just in time for this sale.

The shop at 123 S. Main Street, Bluffton, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Book ReViews is a MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) thrift shop, “Where every purchase is a gift to the world.”

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