It’s been a long two years, but I’m happy to say that bazaars are back, baby!
I can’t tell you the joy I felt the other day, stepping into my first church basement since COVID, and smelling that percolated coffee. To mark this momentous occasion, I’m resurrecting Bazaar-o-Rama, my annual church bazaar tour, on Caker Cooking. I don’t know if most bazaars are coming back, but I’ll do my best to hunt them down throughout November and post my treasures.
So, what did I score on my first week out?
“Do you think the Butter Rum Lifesavers are still okay to eat?” I asked the lady behind the table.
“I don’t think so,” she said.This was 25 cents.
At first, I couldn’t figure out how to put this on. But thanks to the internet, I’m now walking around my house looking like Little Edie. Just when the neighbours thought I couldn’t get any gayer. This was 6 dollars.
Noel Fridge Magnet
This is a perfect way to remind yourself that it’s Christmas every time you go to the fridge for your third round of eggnog. This is also a great gift for anyone named Leon who reads bottom to top. This was 25 cents.
These handmade mittens fit like a glove and were a steal at 6 dollars.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who see a clothespin as something for hanging clothes. And those who see a clothespin and say, “Hold on a minute. Let me get my tulle.” This was 25 cents.
My best find! This signed print shows the intersection of King and Sherborne in Toronto, the city where I live. It’s signed by the artist and dated 1972. I’m going to get it reframed and it will be worth millions. This was 2 dollars.
This comes in handy when you have arthritis and you’re trying to open a jar of pickles. It also comes in handy if you’ve had a gummy and you’re trying to open a jar of pickles, a jar of Nutella, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of Miracle Whip.
Old New Brunswick Kitchens Cookbook
There’s a recipe in this for Pressed Pig’s Feet. It begins, “Ask the butcher to leave toes on.” I’m sorry, New Brunswick, but you lost me there. This was 25 cents.
There was a Cookie Walk at this bazaar. Which means you select the cookies you want. I made sure to pick up a Shortbread with a Maraschino Cherry sliver and a Chocolate Haystack. One dozen cookies were 6 dollars.
Booze Infused Cakes Cookbook
This book is guaranteed to have your guests proclaiming, “Thiz cake is juzzz great!” This was 25 cents.
Irish Soda Scone
Every time I go to this bazaar, they have Irish Soda Scones for sale. Every time, I buy one. Every time I taste it, I don’t like it. Some Irish traditions are hard to break, I guess. This was 75 cents.
What will I find on my next bazaar outing? Stay tuned to find out!
And if you want more Bazaar-o-Ramas from days of yore, check out my posts from 2014, 2013 and 2012.