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The Detroit Lakes Women of Today are bringing back their Winter Craft & Vendor Show at the Washington Square Mall Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast at the Eagles beginning at 8 a.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Winter Craft & Vendor Show is Nov. 9

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The dusting of snow seen around the area is a sure reminder that the holidays are just around the corner, and the Detroit Lakes Women of Today are ready to help everybody ease into it with some retail therapy.

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The organization is sponsoring its Winter Craft & Vendor Show at the Washington Square Mall Saturday, Nov. 9, or as many call it, the first weekend of deer hunting season.

“There will be some non-hunters who will want something to do, and this is a good way to get a jump on holiday shopping,” said Robin Smith of the Detroit Lakes Women of Today. “It’s just a good, fun way to spend time with family and friends.”

The event, which has been put on hiatus for a couple of years is back after Smith says the group saw a stronger membership and renewed interest in putting on the event.

“But there is not an admission fee this year,” said Smith, who says previous years there was.

Shoppers can get a jump start to their day with a pancake breakfast at the Eagles Club in the mall, beginning at 8 a.m.

“We’ll be doing pancakes, sausage and coffee,” said Smith, who says the ladies will be cooking up a storm for a free will donation.

“We have a lot of fun with this,” said Smith, who says they get their families involved for the event.

While the breakfast goes until 11 a.m., the vendors and crafters will be all set up and ready for action beginning at 10 a.m. and will go through 3 p.m.

“There’s a lot of different, unique Christmas gift ideas that you wouldn’t normally find in the stores,” said Smith. “From jewelry to totes and bags and homemade hair pieces, knitted caps and lots of different things for that person who maybe is kind of difficult to buy for.”

Smith, who says many of the vendors are selling wintery items, also says they’re still taking applications and adding more vendors and crafters.

“We can seat about 30 of them in the mall,” said Smith, who says a $40 spot fee also includes a table for any vendors wishing to sell their items.

Proceeds from the craft and vendor show and from the pancake breakfast all go towards local charities that the DL Women of Today support.

“We donate to the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, the Boys and Girls Club, the Humane Society, Dollars for Scholars, the library, the Backpack Program…” said Smith, to name a few.

The DL Women of Today is a chapter of both state and national organizations that have been around since 1985.

“We focus on community service, volunteer work, personal growth of our members and socialization and fellowship,” said Smith, who says they volunteer their time towards fundraisers that can better the community in which they live.

Although Smith says membership has been down over the last few years, it is now strengthening again to 14 Detroit Lakes members.

“We really appreciate the community support,” said Smith, “and we just hope everyone comes out to the mall, has a good time, and we can make some money to benefit the whole community.”

To sign up to be a vendor or crafter at the event, call Robin Smith at 701-388-7321.

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