The Holiday Treasures Boutique annual sale filled with exceptional gift items will be at the Seaside Elks Club on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The P.E.O. Christmas elves will be greeting shoppers filled with anticipation, who know they need to come early to get the best selection among the one-of-a-kind items for all ages. Each year the event chairperson challenges members to add new high quality crafts which provides shoppers with the novelty they are seeking.
The P.E.O. offers a wide variety of items sought out for beach décor, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, items include bat houses and other favorites for the yard and garden. Members especially enjoy creating children’s selections that are whimsical and nostalgic. Handmade teddy bears and an extensive collection of American Girl doll clothes will be featured, and master quilters have meticulously crafted gorgeous place mats, table toppers and Christmas tree skirts plus gorgeous felted pillows. The unusual selection of “found” items used for displays are also for sale.
The bakery will feature rustic bread, cardamom bread, carrot and almond cakes, crisps, pecan pies and bars among the treats. The Clatsop County Fair winning canned items make wonderful hostess gifts and no sale would be complete without peanut clusters and the “super-duper” pretzels. Just for good measure, members have contributed their prize recipes to tempt shoppers.
P.E.O. Chapter FB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women’s education; either those continuing their education after high school or women returning to school after a break in their education. The chapter currently sponsors two local women with scholarships. Ellie Whitlock of Seaside will be graduating this spring from Pacific University with a degree in music. Lindsey Wolfe is pursuing her associate degree in fire science from Clatsop Community College. Wolfe is a volunteer Gearhart firefighter who experienced fighting the Memaloose and Condon wildfires this summer.
The boutique generates resources to support deserving women completing their education in pursuit of their career goals.