EAST MANATEE -- Hundreds of shoppers are expected to turn out Saturday for the 14th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Extravaganza at the Peridia Golf and Country Club.
The event is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the country club house at 4950 Peredia Blvd., south of Bradenton.
The extravaganza, which is open to the public, will feature more than 50 vendors from the Manatee area selling custom-made items such as jewelry, paintings, handbags, quilts, sculptures, handmade soap and Christmas cards and ornaments.
There also will be local authors selling their books. A barbecue lunch will be offered.
The Lion's Club will be collecting old hearing aids and eyeglasses and the neighborhood crime watch group will collect old cell phones for recycling. Proceeds from the event will go toward Paws for Patriots, a organization that links veterans with service dogs, and Southeastern Guide Dogs.
This weekend's event will be the community's largest in its 14-year history, organizers say.
"People come back because they love to shop," said Charmaine Kirkpatrick, one of the event's organizers. "It's a day out."
Other items available for sale will include pottery, plants, lanterns, aprons and scarves, pillows, photo frames and wind chimes. The goods sell for as low as $2 and as high as $70.
"A lot of them buy gifts for Christmas," said Ingrid Kiess, who will be selling assorted handmade purses and handbags.
"Today, so many things are mass produced," said Ann Donnelly, who makes and sells jewelry. "People are looking for something different. When it is handmade, it is made better."
The event also is viewed as a socializing opportunity for the vendors.
"It's a camaraderie thing," said Donna Hilbert, a new vendor.
Hilbert handcrafted and decorated glass boxes filled with Christmas lights.
"Everyone enjoys seeing the new ideas," Kirkpatrick said.
Shoppers also can take advantage of free health screenings being administered on site or buy a round a golf.
"It's a great feeling when someone buys your things," Donnelly said.
For more information about the extravaganza, contact Ileen Davis at 941-752-1298.