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Gift-list loads lighten at Holiday Boutique

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Attendees find items to fill stockings at season's inaugural holiday festival

By Daniel Laverty

More than 2,500 attendees packed Conifer High School for the 36th annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday and got an early start crossing names off their gift lists.

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The boutique, organized by Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors, featured 85 vendors that sold everything from jewelry to artwork and picture frames to clothing.

“Everything sold here is handmade,” said Eleanor Kulin of Newcomers and Neighbors. “Most of the vendors are local, but we have some from Arizona and Missouri this year.”

Booths filled the school’s auditorium and gym for the all-day event, which was free to attend.

For Conifer resident Nicole Riff, attending the Holiday Boutique has become a yearly tradition.

“It’s just nice to wander around and see all the vendors,” said Riff, her bags brimming with purchases. “I bought this really beautiful horse photo.”

Each year the boutique also serves as a fund-raiser for a local nonprofit. Attendees bid on donated items in a silent auction to raise money for this year’s recipient, the Conifer Area Council — an organization that identifies and addresses community issues.

And not just one group will benefit from the boutique. Ten percent of sales proceeds will go to Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors to be used for grants to local nonprofits.

“Any local group can apply for a grant on our website,” Kulin said. 

The deadline to apply for grants this year is Dec. 15.

“It’s been great today,” Kulin said. “I’ve seen a lot of familiar faces but also a lot of new customers.”

For more information on Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors, visit www.coniferneighbors.org.

Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1042. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports.