Local vendors, art enthusiasts and even Santa Claus gathered upstairs at the Peerless Saloon & Grille in Anniston Saturday for a retail selling event billed as a “Christmas Spectacular.”
Vendors from around the county were on hand selling their wares, from homemade soaps to decorative signs. Jessica Cofield of Oxford attended the event as an independent consultant for Paparazzi jewelry, a direct sales and party plan company. She sees multiple benefits to events like the Christmas Spectacular for local vendors.
“It helps advertise for you,” she said. “There’s also more networking you can do with other vendors and all that great stuff.”
Cofield has been selling jewelry for a year and a half from the company Paparazzi. She goes to many vendor-friendly events to sell jewelry, but mainly sells through Facebook.
“I would definitely like to uplift the vendors because they have been awesome,” said event organizer Jennifer Robinson.
“They’ve worked so hard sending me pictures and keeping me informed of everything they’ve done. They’ve all been amazing working on their products.”
Robinson said this is the first time she has organized an event like this, but she hopes to make it an annual event based on the success of Saturday’s showing.
“We hope to make it an annual thing on the first Saturday of December; that’s what we’re going for,” she said.
The event took about two months to plan, according to Robinson, but has been something she’s wanted to do for six months.
“The vendors are basically friends or friends of friends of mine,” she said. “I wanted to bring the vendors here because I know how hard they work and wanted to give everybody who makes stuff or sells certain products a chance to have their own small business gathering.”