I've been able to indulge in one of my favorite shopping experiences recently - the Christmas bazaar or fair. These may be a nationwide tradition, but they seem to be especially common in New England. Designed as fundraisers for the local churches, they showcase the work of church crafters, baked goods, silent auctions, white elephant sales and more. Sadly, as the average church population ages, it's harder to find people to staff these bazaars... and they're starting to change a bit in structure. More and more provide space for commercial vendors instead of the church itself.
But one of these bazaars always makes me wonder. What was it like 100 years ago? Did these bazaars exist? I know they've been around for at least fifty years. What were they like then?