Photos: Holiday Bazaar Brings Local Businesses to Campus

GG’s Gems set up on a table in the living room of the Kellogg Center. The table has an assortment of bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry made of multiple colors and different styles (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

On Friday, Albion College welcomed 13 vendors to the first floor of the Kellogg Center to promote their businesses and potentially sell some of their items before the holiday season. The vendors provided a wide selection of products such as mittens, jewelry, albion gear and custom designs. 

A group of students look at different pieces of handmade jewelry made by Honors College Staff Director Renée Kreger at the front of the Kellogg Center. The pieces included rings, necklaces and bracelets (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
A group of students look at different pieces of handmade jewelry made by Honors College Staff Director Renée Kreger at the front of the Kellogg Center. The pieces included rings, necklaces and bracelets (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

Toccara Gaddis and her wife Chris Gaddis are both Albion College employees. Toccara is the manager of the Albion College bookstore and Chris works in Baldwin Hall at the deli. Gaddis’ booth was a joint theme with small customized objects from her shop, as well as bottled sauces. The sauces were made by her wife Chris “from the deli;” a nickname that students have given her.

An assortment of customized ornaments and glasses from Gaddis Impressions located in downtown Albion. These items are just a few of the many items that are sold by Gaddis Impressions (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

“Our business, Gaddis Impressions, is a customization business located downtown where we make shirts, hoodies, ornaments and other stuff that people can customize any way that they would like,” Toccara Gaddis said. 

The customized cups are from a small business, mostly run by online sales, called Smartass Designs. Their inventory ranges from tumblers, mugs and cups with straws. 

A table of customized tumblers, small drinking glasses and mugs sit at the rear entrance of the Kellogg Center. The cups sold here are personalized from templates (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

Becky Treece makes most of her cups only by order; this prevents her from wasting product and keeps the price of materials down. Most orders are made through her online storefront.

“I started my business as a hobby, I would sell cups to just my friends and then business took off. Once business started to pick up I began making more things,” Becky Treece said.

About Lizzy Kelley 12 Articles
Lizzy Kelley is a first-year from Brighton, Michigan. Lizzy coaches youth sports in her hometown. She can always be found at the Dow, or sleeping! Contact Lizzy via email at EMK16@albion.edu

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