Joaquin Aguayo sits next to Santa Claus to tell him what he wants for Christmas at the Winterville pop up craft and shop market at Odds and Ends.

IMPERIAL — With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas right around the corner, Odds and Ends teamed up with local vendors Saturday, November 30, for a Winterville Workshop that offered holiday shopping, craft workshops, and traditional Christmas delights for the family.

The Christmas event was held at the new Odds and Ends facility, located in the back warehouse in NS Construction on Treshill road in Imperial. Code of the West and Unwind and Design Craft Studio teamed up to have their base of operations, where they offer vintage furniture, home décor, and a DIY craft studio for children and adults to create one-of-a-kind art. 

With the holiday spirit in mind, the three businesses teamed up to create a winter wonderland for the community to visit, shop, and bring children to take pictures with Santa Claus. Sergio Bastidas from SMB Photography offered professional digital photos for families that brought their children to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Children also had the opportunity to write a letter to Santa. Letters were then placed in a little mailbox for Santa to take back with him to the North Pole. 

“Coming to this event was a good way to start off the Christmas season because we were able to get some nice Christmas decorations and have my son and daughter meet Santa to tell him what they wanted for Christmas,” said attendee Mark Williams. 

Santa’s little helpers gave parents a lesson on wrapping presents. With help from the Unwind and Design Craft Studio, people learned how to make straight edges and flawless looking wrapping skills that they can use for the holidays. 

“Everyone wants a nicely wrapped present, and this was just the workshop to help people build better wrapping skills, so the presents are nice and neat with a big bow,” said Shelly Baker. 

Odds and Ends staff and partnering businesses had tamales, hot chocolate, and burritos for those who wanted to partake in refreshments after their long day of workshops and shopping. 

"This was a great event to start off the Christmas season and I hope that Odds and Ends continues to partner with these businesses to help build a place worth shopping for vintage furniture and hand-crafted decorations,” said Baker.

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