“We have coffee cup holders for your Starbucks, and they are washable,” she told one customer. “Here are our crayon holders, and lined lunch boxes.”
When it came to the baby-themed wares, Magenta drew a blank.
“And here’s a nice … something,” she said, passing by a towel meant to be used while burping a baby.
By the time she reached the next item, her mother was poised to jump in.
“It’s a soothing baby blanket,” Wilhelmi said, laughing. “It says right on it, Magenta.”
The duo’s booth was among more than 100 that filled buildings throughout the Thurston County Fairgrounds on Friday during the first day of the two-day annual Holiday Bazaar.
Rows upon rows of booths offered homemade crafts, food and art.
Sokolik Building, better known as the Hobbies and Craft Barn, alone had items including knitted hats meant to look like characters from the popular game Angry Birds, homemade fudge, quilts, wood works, jewelry and the Wilhelmis’ wares.
“We love to craft and had too much stuff at home,” Wilhelmi said. “We wanted to share and have funds to keep our hobby up.”
Within a few minutes of the bazaar’s opening, they had made two sales and had a custom order placed.
Magenta helps pick out fabrics, cutting and making flower barrettes.
The sounds of Christmas carolers filled Heritage Hall, as did gingerbread houses, ornaments and personalized signs.
Golda Apple, representing Faith Harvest Helpers, was selling handmade ornaments to raise money.
The glass beaded orbs were made by Mayan families in Guatemala, where the Tumwater-based nonprofit sends missionaries.
“It’s an area where, out of every five children, only two reach the age of five,” Apple said.
The nonprofit also helps feed 30,000 people a month, she said.