After closing for over a month for the summer reorganization, the Assistance League of Pasadena’s Craft Fair gift shop is now open for sale among a wide assortment of beautiful and unique handcrafted items.
As the primary philanthropic organization of the Pasadena Relief League, the Craft Fair Gift Shop has operated as a consignment shop for handmade items since 1955. All items sold in the Gift Shop are meticulously crafted by men and women over 50.
By shopping at Craft Fair, customers help support senior gift shop exhibitors financially and show their appreciation for their craft or craft. Support from patrons has also maintained the art and craftsmanship over the years.
“We are a consignment store and everything is handmade or hand embellished by elderly people. So we help the elderly to sell their wares and for a token commission,” Simonetta May, staff member of Craft Fair Gift Shop, said. “The senior comes in with their items, we display them in the store and when we sell them, we give them 75% of the listed price, and they decide the price.”
Since its inception, the Craft Fair gift shop has provided a wide variety of handcrafted items, including baby clothes, blankets, sweaters and booties; wwooden toys and toy boxes; Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, dolls and dollhouses; flower crowns, embroidered, crocheted and lace articles; pen-and-ink paintings and artwork, and hand-painted birdhouses.
You can also buy hand-painted pottery, greeting cards and kitchen linens; jewelry, UCLA and USC novelty and seasonal items, and more on the shelves for you to choose from.
Right now, the Pasadena Assistance League is preparing the gift shop for Halloween promotions, followed by the shop’s “big event”, their Holiday Fair on November 19th.
The shop is open Thursday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are really looking for senior exhibitors and anyone who wants to exhibit their crafts with us is welcome,” May continued. “Any senior, any craftsman 55 or older can come in and bring their items and we submit them to the jury and they will decide if they are handcrafted or embellished enough to display in our shop.”
Assistance League of Pasadena is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1936. In 1941, it became the sixth chapter of the National Assistance League. The National Support League now has over 120 Support League Chapters with a total of approximately 22,000 members nationwide.
Besides the Craft Fair gift shop, Assistance League of Pasadena also offers other philanthropic programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides clothing and school supplies to school children in need; Assault Survivor Kits, a program that provides clothing to survivors of assault or abuse; and Bear Hugs, which provides teddy bears as cuddle friends to comfort neglected, abused or traumatized children.
The Very Important Performers program was created in 2010 to honor middle school students who have demonstrated dramatic improvements in attendance, academic performance, or behavior over the course of a semester, or who have made a positive difference in their school environment. .
The SNAP (Serving Neighbors Around Pasadena) Assistance League was established in 2017 and is one of the League’s newest programs. It is designed to give volunteers the flexibility they need to quickly respond to community needs as they arise.
In 2021 and 2022, the League held five events – collecting school supplies and backpacks for Friends In Deed, donating toys to Friends In Deed Holiday Drive, providing diapers and diaper supplies for the Families Forward Learning Center , providing $5,000 in food and pantry supplies at the Pasadena Senior Center and donating new clothing to a school for Ukrainian refugees.
To learn more about Support League of Pasadena, visit www.assistanceleague.org/pasadena.