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Non-profit groups seek vendors for upcoming bazaar

Published 6:23pm Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Lake Martin Laubach Literacy Council and Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama are teaming up for a fundraiser August 2.

The groups will be hosting a bazaar, and while the event is still several weeks away, vendors are needed to help make the event as successful as possible.

“Because we are not for profit, we never get sufficient funding from anywhere,” said Carley Cummings, with VCCA. “Not only that, some of our funders expect us to do our own individual fundraising projects.”

Cummings said the two groups decided to host a sunshine bazaar last year, which they will continue this year.

“We had a bazaar the third Satruday in July, where the Literacy Council sells used books and VCCA sells baked goods,” Cummings said.

Both groups kept the proceeds from their respective efforts, but they also invited outside vendors.

“We had a lady who did cermics, another lady who did baked goods and a woman that sewed,” Cummings said. “We have some very talented people in this community, and we need vendors to sign up as soon as possible.”

Space is limited, Cummings added, as the bazaar will be held at the Alexander City Recycling Center, an effort that falls under the VCCA umbrella.

“There is no vendor fee, but we do ask that they donate 10 percent of their proceeds to be split between our two agencies,” Cummings said. “The space is limited.”

Rita Creem, director of the Lake Martin Laubach Literacy Council, said that they want homemade crafts, but they also are looking for variety.

“We want to avoid duplication,” Creem said. “It is such a small space, it would be too much if we, for example, had two vendors offering wreaths.”

Vendors need to bring their own table and chair and should register by contacting Creem at 256-215-4347 or Cummings at 256-234-0347.