Susie Barbyshire, left, gets help from Paula Gollinger, center, and Linda Barngraff, right, while shopping at the vendor fair at the old county building in downtown Fairfield Saturday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Local women raise money for veterans through vendor fair

By From page A3 | November 18, 2012

FAIRFIELD —The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its first-ever vendor fair just in time for the holiday season.

The group is comprised of local women dedicated to helping veterans and their community.

President Linda Adams said the group is busy all year, whether with fundraising events, volunteering at the David Grant Medical Center, or providing veterans with financial and personal support.

With all this going on, the group needed a fundraiser to help pay for some of its activities.

The Auxiliary decided on a vendor fair. While the fundraiser was mostly unrelated to veterans’ affairs, it was perfect for the holiday shopping season.

There were 32 vendors displaying seasonal and year-round gifts and goods, some hand-crafted and others from small-business chains. Some of the products included scented candles, Christmas lights, ornaments, stun guns and china sets. A stylist was also on hand to share beauty tips.

The event was a perfect opportunity for new businesses and crafters like Tamara Carpenter to share their talent and make a buck or two at the end of the day.

Carpenter was inspired to collect and refurbish old furniture after taking painting lessons from the owner of Eco Chic Baby in Vacaville.

Although she’s only been doing it since July, Carpenter said she’s obsessed with “shabby chic” home furnishing.

Carpenter describes “shabby chic” as a “style, not a fashion, and it reflects a timeless and vintage quality that draws on so many sources and inspirations.”

Carpenter buys furniture from thrift stores, Facebook exchanges and Craigslist, then strips and paints the furniture to give it a classic, chic finish. Carpenter doesn’t just paint furniture – she’ll paint anything and everything, she said. Carpenter has painted and refurbished just about everything in her house.

“I’m a hoarder,” she said, laughing.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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