2020 Virtual Christmas Bazaar

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Due to forecasted weather, the Onsite Browsing and Shopping Hours (both indoors and outdoors) scheduled for Saturday, December 5, have been cancelled. 

Instead, we invite the public to participate in a phone shopping experience. Orders will be taken through 4 pm on Saturday with pick up and payments scheduled during the week of December 7 – 11.

Call 860-429-9382 between 9:30 and 5:30 on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, for more information or to place an order.

So…with the storm expected tomorrow we encourage folks planning to shop with us to stay home. Good news… you can stay home and still assist in our fundraising for the WAIM Neighbor Safety Net Fund!

Here is how you can help as you continue our advent journey together. After the storm, stop by the self-serve bulk greens display in the courtyard and make a donation – pick up some decorative greens, pine cones, etc., for use at home. The greens will be available until December 20.

Check out the phone order options for purchasing from our downloadable “catalogue list of items” at our gift tables. Call the church office at 860-429-9382 anytime between 9:30 to 4:30 on Saturday and anytime between 12:30 and 4:30 on Sunday. Or, contact Pam Roberts for bows via phone at 860-428-2406 or email here; Nancy Rucker for fabric and quilted gifts via phone at 860-933-0149 or email here; or Mary Lake for SERRV international gifts via phone at 860-337-0404 or email here. Phone orders accepted until end of the day on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Order, arrange for payment and pickup or delivery before December 13 with one call.

Make a donation to benefit the WAIM Neighbor Safety Net Fund as a part of our Fundraising Online and Onsite Christmas Bazaar event. Go to the storrscongchurch.org, click on GIVE NOW, Choose + another account and choose WAIM Neighbor Safety Net FUND or send a check to the church office before December 11 made out to the Storrs Congregational Church with Neighbor Safety Net Fund in the memo.

Check out items still in the auction. Place your bids before Sunday morning!

Many thanks to the volunteers involved and to the many shoppers who made our Nov 28, 12 pm to 4 pm “Browse and Shop” event successful.

Contact Pam Roberts with any additional questions.


Come one, come all to the Online Christmas Bazaar. In an effort to keep families safe during the coronavirus, we are tasked with transitioning our joyful Christmas Bazaar into an online form. The end of year celebrations will continue to include the pecan sale, the wreath sale and, a first for SCC, an online auction. For those uncomfortable or unfamiliar with online ordering, traditional sale options will be available in the SCC office.


Our beneficiary will be the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry Neighbor Safety Net Fund. The fund is used for those needing financial relief from coronavirus-related hardships. More information about WAIM and its mission is available here.


This year we will be doing the Silent Auction online. You will have the opportunity to see the items on this page and place your bids over a two week period, from Monday, November 23 through Saturday, December 5. Auction listings are currently posted on eBay. Click here to see current auction items, or scroll down to see all items for sale at-a-glance. (To see the listings on this page, any ad-blocker programs must be disabled.) All items are posted under the eBay username trea_7339. The eBay account is managed by Governing Board Treasurer Bob Malecki, Communications and Digital Ministry Specialist Claire Galvin and Bonnie Chemerka. For more information on how to place your bids contact Bonnie by email: bonnie.chemerka@outlook.com or by phone: 860-402-7426.

While we are sadly not able to gather as we did in previous years, like in this photo, we are eager to continue the Christmas Bazaar in whatever way we can.

Bidding and purchasing will be done online from November 23 through December 5. Help is available for those unable to bid online in the SCC office.



Wreaths are for sale from Humming Grove Farm in East Windsor. Owner Dr. Richard S. Cowles is an Agricultural Scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and an active church member. Premium medium decorated wreaths of approximately 24 inches diameter are on sale for $40. Premium large decorated wreaths of approximately 30 inches diameter are on sale for $60. Order forms are available here for download and in the SCC office through the ordering deadline of December 2. Forms can be emailed to Claire Galvin or brought into the office. The SCC office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for the Thanksgiving Holiday on November 26 and 27. Please call ahead to assure access to the building to pick up a print copy.

Large and medium-sized wreaths. For scale, a 12-inch ruler is visible on the left-hand side of the picture.

After an order is submitted, buyers will be contacted to schedule pick-up and payment on Saturday, November 28 and Saturday, December 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pick-up appointments will be staggered to avoid crowds during COVID-19. All in-person events and appointments are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Help with online ordering and scheduling is available in the SCC office or by calling 860-429-9382

Feel free to visit Richard’s farm website and thank him for his support. $10 from each wreath sale will go toward the WAIM Neighbor Safety Net Fund along with other proceeds and donations associated with the event.


We hope you can join us Saturday, November 28, 12 to 4 p.m. to make an Advent wreath to take home. We will have supplies available for making both traditional AND non-traditional Advent wreaths. Tables will be set up outdoors in the courtyard and we will have plenty of space for socially distanced wreath-making. Whether you prefer to use traditional taper candles, votives or tea lights, fresh cut greens and an assortment of decorating items will be on hand for you to be creative! This year, more than ever, we hope you will light the candles in your home, or from wherever you are viewing worship with us, as we celebrate each week of Advent. Advent devotional booklets will also be available for you to take home. If you are unable to join us and wish to get supplies to make an Advent wreath, please contact me at lisa@storrscongchurch.org.

Pictured here is a non-traditional Advent “wreath” Lisa made as a sample to get your creative juices flowing. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet all church members in-person.


Bulk greens will be for sale November 28 and December 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Greens will be for sale outdoors in the Courtyard.

Marsha Creese makes a wide variety of beautiful bows for wreaths and other holiday gifts.

Supplement your options for your creative use of our Bulk Greens supply, with a selection of ($1) small, ($2) medium and ($4) large wired ribbon bows in a variety of colors fashioned by our own “Bow Queen.” Pre-order any number of matching custom bows, made with a wide, wired ribbon of your choice which you provide. Contact Marsha Creese or call the church office for Marsha’s phone number to discuss custom orders. Deadline for custom orders is no later than Tuesday November 24 for pick up on Saturday, November 28 and no later than Tuesday, December 1 for pick up on Saturday, December 5. On our Browse ‘n Sale afternoons (November 28 and December 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.), go to the Courtyard for bow sales and to pick up any custom pre-orders near the outdoor cashier table. At your request we do offer a safe no-contact delivery and payment at the time of delivery.

More information on the bulk greens is available here.


Mary Lake, pictured here with last year’s SERRV gifts.

A large variety of gifts will be available for purchase during our Browse ‘n Sale afternoons on November 28 and December from 12 to 4 p.m. From SERRV International, a nonprofit fair trade retailer, we have several decorative and useful items for sale. Items for sale include bread warmer baskets with leaf, tree of life, peace dove and bird designs. Other favorites include cylinder lanterns with snowflake, nativity and mandela designs. Etched gourds with bird, Santa, snowman and reindeer designs are a new addition to our varied ornaments. Knitted mittens and sock garlands would look festive across a mantle, and handmade soaps would make great stocking stuffers this COVID year. We have some stone carved nativities plus a variety of nativities from several different countries to celebrate Christ’s birth. Finally we have some stunning West Bank platters to put your special cookies on, or tree of life carved trivets for your dinner table.

For more information about sales or to volunteer to help set-up contact Karen Johnson.


Some examples of quilted items for sale during last year’s Christmas Bazaar.

The SCC quilting group will have several textile gifts for sale during the Browse ‘n Sale afternoons on November 28 and December from 12 to 4 p.m. Merchandise will include table toppers, Christmas stockings, mug rugs and small wall hangings. Contact Nancy Rucker for more information.


Janice Hoyle, pictured here in last year’s bazaar, makes the cozy rice bags.

Greeting cards and hot & cold rice bags will be for sale on Saturday November 28 and December 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bags can be heated or cooled and used for to comfort sore or aching muscles.


Pecan sales from Schermer Pecans have concluded. Thank you for your punctual pre-order sales. Those who have purchased pecans will be contacted for pick-up in upcoming weeks.


To volunteer or find more information from organizers, follow the following links:

All in-person events and appointments are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

2 Responses to "2020 Virtual Christmas Bazaar"

  1. Mary jo Tryba Posted on November 22, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Hello, I have sold my BASKETS OF JOY featuring tea and other comforts the last several years. I am wondering if I can bring up a couple of my baskets to sell and donate one to the silent auction like I usually do.
    Mary Jo Tryba

    • Claire Galvin Posted on November 23, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Mary Jo, unfortunately the time has passed to donate items for the auction. Please contact Pam Roberts at 860-428-2406 to see if you can bring some baskets for the two Saturday events. Thank you.

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