On Sunday, December 17, 2017, PACE Society hosted a “Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Bazaar.” Over 15 vendors participated in the event, including Transitions Consortium members WISH Drop-In Society and Battered Women’s Support Services’ social enterprise “My Sister’s Closet.” Vendors sold handmade and vintage gifts that were at times fun and cheeky!
At the Bazaar, PACE launched its first ever chapbook, a collection of sex workers’ stories inspired by a series of workshops titled “Sex Workers’ Wisdom: Writing Workshops” facilitated by the writer Amber Dawn.
WISH used this event to have its Transitions participants practice micro-enterprise skills. Participants in the winter art and craft show were supported to develop and implement a budget, timeline and financial projection. At the Bazaar, WISH had a couple of tables for its participants to display and sell their wares. Follow-up will occur to debrief and evaluate their financial planning.
On the day of the event, Vancouver was hit by a monsoon, so walk-by traffic was not as high as usual. However, vendors enjoyed the comraderie, and are looking forward to the 2018 event.