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Bazaar: Past and Present

The Crofton House Winter Bazaar is a cherished tradition that embodies our values. We are grateful to the parents, staff, and students who work tirelessly to bring this event to life. Like many traditions at Crofton House, in 2020, we’ve had to find a creative way to continue with the activities that have meaning for us. In that spirit, in 2020, the Bazaar moves online, where our school community may purchase DIY craft kits, sweet and savoury pies, as well as the traditional selection of plants and wreaths. 

Proceeds from the Crofton House Winter Bazaar will go to support KidSafe, an organization that supports vulnerable children and youth in the Vancouver area with nutritious meals, educational programming, and safe space during times when schools are closed for breaks. To learn more about our partnership with this amazing organization, please read this guest blog post from KidSafe.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy a look back at Bazaars from the past!

The tradition is rooted back in 1942, when Crofton House established its own Junior Red Cross association. The first Bazaar was held in May 1943 to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Photo: The first Red Cross Bazaar, May 1943. Photo was taken by Evelyn Runcie (nee Scott), a Grade 1 teacher at CHS from 1930-1954. Items pictured were made by Grade 1 students.

A "Christmas Bazaar," held in the first week of December, was introduced in 1950. This meant two Bazaars were held each school year; one in the spring and one in the winter.

The "Christmas Bazaar" moved to late November in 1953, and by 1955, the Spring Bazaar was phased out, making the winter Bazaar the focus each year.

Photo: Grade 12 stall at the Bazaar. Taken by Eleanor Puckering (nee Matheson) '47 on May 31st, 1946.

Photos: the 1975 and 1976 Winter Bazaars 

In the early 1970s, parents became involved in the organization of the Bazaar and it began to grow in size and scope over the next four decades. In 2007, during the Campus Master Plan and the rebuilding of campus, Bazaar was put on hold as construction limited the physical space needed to hold this event. We were excited to welcome the return of the Winter Bazaar in 2015, and thankful to our dedicated community, led by the Parents’ Auxiliary, for their efforts in bringing back this tradition.  

Inspired by the courage of a small group of parents who take on the huge task of organizing the event, the CHS Winter Bazaar is an inclusive event that engages the entire community. Parents volunteer time, along with their creativity, and organizational skills, to make this event a success. Working alongside their daughters, they demonstrate a commitment to citizenship

Photo: The 2018 Winter Bazaar in the new Manrell Hall

The Winter Bazaar’s charitable donation is a demonstration of our School’s desire to teach our girls to see the world through a lens of compassion, develop relevant and meaningful relationships, and take action to make a difference in our community.