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Groups offer early-bird shoppers variety of handmade items that work great as holiday gifts.

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Handcrafted jewelry is always a winner when purchasing a gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. See what's trending this year at one of several craft and holiday shows that kick off the Harvest Bazaar season this weekend.The calendar may say it's the season of the witch, but October also kicks off all those wonderful holiday bazaars full of one-of-a-kind gift items handcrafted by local artists.

A full listing of the area's annual craft sales will appear in the Tuesday, Oct. 24, issue of The Outlook, as well as the Wednesday, Oct. 25, Sandy Post and followed by the Thursday, Oct. 26, edition of the Estacada News.

In the meantime, allow us to whet your appetite for the best time of year to find a unique gift for that hard-to-shop for someone on your list with these early bazaars and sales.

Oct. 7

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Hand thrown pottery is one of many offerings by local artists shoppers will find at one of several craft and holiday shows that kick off the Harvest Bazaar season this weekend.• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Corbett Community Church annual Fall Artisan's Bazaar, 34309 N.E. Mershon Road. Wide assortment of handmade gifts including wooden items, textiles, jewelry, painted rock, gourmet food items and more. Complementary gift wrapping for any occasion. Proceeds from a raffle and soup kitchen benefit the Corbett Fire Department and the church's Womens Ministries. Don't miss free rides on a fire truck with Corbett firefighters.

Oct. 13-15

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eagle Creek Grange, 24491 Eagle Creek Road. Flea market and craft sale, along with soup, sandwiches, chili dogs, pie, coffee and soda.

• 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St., Gresham. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters, with proceeds going to the group's charities. Baked goods, white elephant gift and hand crafts.

Oct. 20-21

• noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Parkview Christian Retirement Community, 1825 N.E. 108th Ave., Portland. Handcrafted gifts, including cards, Christmas decorations, textiles and homemade goodies.

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