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Scotus Mothers’ Craft Boutique returns Sunday

November 27, 2018

Those looking for unique gift ideas for their loved ones are in luck because the annual Scotus Mothers’ Craft Boutique is returning for its 38th year.

“It has just gotten bigger every year we have it,” said Deb Ohnoutka, English teacher at Scotus Central Catholic High School and member of The Scotus Mothers’ Club, a group of mothers of Scotus students working toward raising funds for the school.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday inside Scotus Central Catholic High School, 1554 18th Ave. Admission is $4 for adult, $2 for first- through sixth-grade students and free for those younger than first grade.

Ohnoutka said the craft show is the school’s second-biggest fundraising effort, just after its annual gala. With more than 2,000 shoppers last year, she said the event successfully raised more than $16,000. Proceeds collected from admission, food sales and space rentals were allocated for a variety of school upgrades, including refurbishing restrooms, providing additional instructional materials for classrooms and purchasing musical instruments for the school’s band and choirs

“It’s a good supplement for our budget,” said Ohnoutka, who is in her third year of organizing the event.

Although no specific monetary goal was set for this year, Ohnoutka said organizers always strive to do better than the year before. She said proceeds collected from the craft show allow school administrators to do more for the school.

Attendees can expect to shop from approximately 100 different vendors from Columbus and its surrounding areas such as Lincoln and Omaha. Organizers handpick the vendors each year to ensure item diversity and to allow more business people to participate.

Ohnoutka said there are a variety of items – including home décor, door hangers, jewelry and clothing – for community members to choose from.

Vendors in line for the show this year include Leanne Schwarting, owner of Rustic Roots, a Columbus business of handcrafted items such as wood signs, porch boards and ceramic tile plaques. This is Schwarting’s third year participating.

Schwarting said many community members attend the craft show as part of an annual family tradition. Because of this, she makes an effort to return each year to help with the family fun.

Since most of her business is run online, Schwarting said the boutique gives her an opportunity to meet with customers face-to-face, in addition to marketing her business to new clientele.

Schwarting said it’s important for community members to support their local small business owners and handcrafters. Because the items are handcrafted, handmade and upcycled, Schwarting said they are the perfect gifts for the holidays, noting they can’t be found in commercial stores and are more personalized.

“It’s just a very well-respected craft show in the area,” Schwarting said.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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