Returning this year, the Trop’s Holiday Craft Fair will take place over three weekends at Trop’s Chocolates this holiday season bringing a unique shopping experience and gifts to the Gig Harbor community.
The fair features vendors carrying a range of items from knitted items to pottery, stained glass to ornaments and at price points for every shopper, said Heather Trop, co-owner with her husband, Larry.
“There’s going to be different vendors here every weekend,” she said. “We’re going to be rotating a lot of our vendors. You never know who’s going to be here.”
The first weekend of the fair was held Saturday and Sunday , with two more weekends taking place before Christmas.
What we really wanted was to give small business a chance to sell their products before Christmas.
Heather Trop, co-owner of Trop’s Chocolates
Trop said that the idea of a craft fair was first presented to her family last year as a way to raise money after a house fire destroyed the family’s home and belongings.
Because of the popularity last year, the Trops decided to bring the craft fair back again to feature local artists and help other small businesses.
“What we really wanted was to give small businesses a chance to sell their products before Christmas,” Trop said.
Booth fees for the event were set very low to minimize overhead cost for the vendors, but remain high enough that they were still invested in attending the event.
“The crafters take their total profit. I’m not touching that,” Trop said. “All we wanted was people to commit to being here.”
Another reason for the fair is to provide a way for her daughter, Emily, to raise money for an upcoming choir trip to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall with her choir at Gig Harbor High School.
There wasn’t a rivalry (between the choirs). It was just really sweet, really great kids.
To raise money for the trip, Emily, 17 and a senior at GHHS, will be selling Riverdance Soap Works at a booth in the craft fair, including some specialty lotion made from the Trop’s own cocoa butter.
Also fundraising for the trip are silent auction items, which remain on display and available for bids at the store during the week.
Entertainment at the fair is scheduled with the GHHS choir and the Peninsula High School choir, who performed last weekend. The GHHS choir is scheduled to perform this weekend.
The community involvement and connection is one of the favorite parts of the event for Trop, who said watching the PHS choir invite her daughter to sing with them was particularly rewarding.
“There wasn’t a rivalry,” she said. “It was just really sweet, really great kids.”
Trop’s Holiday Craft Fair
The fair will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Trop’s Chocolates store, located at 3303 Jahn Avenue in Gig Harbor.
For more information, visit tropschocolatefactory.com or call 253-313-5804.