PHOTOS: Christmas Shopping in the great outdoors: Annual Goodland Bazaar attracts vendors, patrons

— The band played the Beatles song “Imagine”, and by Sunday at noon at the second annual Goodland Christmas Bazaar, that’s what you had to do; imagine all the people. The turn-out Saturday was a lot better, with a nice flow of visitor’s to the Boat Park looking for a bargain, a book, Christmas items, a tree or a great piece of original art.

Saturday was the day, according to the vendors. Morning by 8 was bustling with 54 hopeful sellers setting up walls to form their studios in the park to hang their art, or setting up tables to display their goods. About half of the merchants were from Goodland, the rest came from Marco Island and as far away as Bonita Springs.

The holiday bazaar did not want for variety of items available. From a hat worn in a Las Vegas show (which show wasn’t certain) to hand crocheted scarves, used James Patterson novels, a tripod, soy soap and candles, handmade jewelry galore, beads, stones, shells, golf clubs, cards and ornaments, decorative masks, costumes, alligator heads and large birds made from PVC pipe, original paintings and fine art photography, the bazaar piqued the interest all the way around.

About 9 a.m., Stephen Finn and his girlfriend Sarah Gunty pulled up his old army green Jeep Islander to set his signs on. Finn came to the Bazaar to sell his catch. He travels the county doing it. In a few minutes the air was filled with the smell of his charcoal grill blazing away to smoke mullet. He also sells local fresh blue crab.

“I did pretty good on Saturday,” he said. By Sunday at 1, Finn was on a corner adjacent to Stan’s on Goodland in the hopes of selling more seafood there, his regular spot.

“It wasn’t good for me today at the Boat Park,” he said.

Sandy Moore Howe of Goodland was in the same boat. She said her hand crafted clay items sold pretty well on Saturday. “Today hasn’t been as good. I thought today would be better. But,” she said with a smile, “there’s still two hours left.”

Her optimism seemed to pay off as a sizeable influx of late bazaar bound people began to filter into the boat park.

Connie Fullmer, who is the bazaar chairwoman, stayed vigilant at the bazaar all weekend.

Goodland’s Marker 8 Restaurant manned a grill with hot dogs and grilled pork.

Goodland Boat Park is in its second year of operation, and according to Fullmer, who is also a board member for the Goodland Civic Association (GCA), “The County allows us to utilize three week- ends a year here. We have the Christmas Bazaar, the Mardi Gras Boat Parade in February, and the Birthday Bash in March.

According to Fullmer, the Boat Park was some fifteen years in the making due to issues involving developers, and interest in making the land into high end condominiums.

The boat park has 75 parking spaces, restroom facilities, picnic pavilion, a Ship Store with beer, live bait shrimp, tackle and other items.

There are 22 slips available to rent for boats up to 25’, with a couple slips accommodating larger sizes. The facility has video surveillance.

Call 239-252-4060 or email for more information.

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