FLINT TWP. — Many senior citizens or homebound, don’t drive or need someone to take them on errands like shopping.
To make it easier for them to do their Christmas shopping this year, the Flint Township Senior Citizens Center on Graham Road held its first Christmas Boutique last Friday.
“It’s fun for them,” said Pam Luna, event organizer. “Our seniors can’t get out to shop so we made it available for them to come here.”
Seventeen vendors were on hand to provide one-stop shopping for the seniors and the public with a variety of products, many of them handmade. Items for sale included herbal teas and pots, quilts, pillows, handmade soaps and soy candles, jewelry, glassware, handbags doggie coats and more.
“We tried to get a variety of stuff so our seniors could do a little shopping,” Luna said. Gift wrapping service was also provided.
The public event was patterned after a Ladies Night held every spring which features vendors and pampering services such as haircuts and nail treatments.
Some vendors from Ladies night asked to come back for the Christmas Boutique, Luna said.
Vendors are not charged for display tables but each donates $10 to the event which is also a fundraiser for the senior center. A $5 general admission charge included dinner.
“The vendors love coming here because they do well,” Luna said.
Jan Reaves, owner of Davison-based Bath Savvy, a line of natural soaps and body care products, agreed the senior center is a profitable outing for her business.
She started making homemade soaps about 13 years ago and sells the aromatic products at a one-day events, select retail locations and via her website at www.bathsavvy.com
R & K Homemade Soy Candles, featuring more than 80 fragrances, was another popular fun stop and sniff table for the shoppers. Baked Apples, Grandma’s Zucchini Bread, Midnight Pomegranate and Key Lime Pie were among the many sweet-smelling, handpoured candles for sale. Soy candles burn cleaner and 40-50 times longer than paraffin wax and leave little residue, according to the vendor.