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Are you ready for the holidays?

Regardless of your answer, Community Projects is here to help you get into the spirit with their 15th annual “Treasures From Christmas Past” fund raising event.

For two days — Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 — from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., their Thrift Shop will be a holiday gift and decor extravaganza.

In addition to getting your Christmas groove in gear and high-quality finds at good prices, the Treasures From Christmas Past proceeds benefit various charities through the organization’s grants. It is in the truest sense of the holiday spirit of giving.

Only once per year does Community Projects open its 715 Franklin St., Napa, shop for business on a Sunday, and it is exclusively for the Treasures From Christmas Past event.

A team of 45 Community Projects volunteers, headed by the event’s chairwoman—Amber Vick, stock the place so full of holiday items it is like Santa’s magic gift bag.

Dorothy Arata, a Community Projects volunteer, said, “It’s very festive, a happy atmosphere. And, we all dress in holiday style.”

Vick added, “We’ll have Christmas music playing to add even more of a holiday feel.”

All of the merchandise is top-drawer in quality. Every donated item Community Projects receives is inspected for quality, then is sorted and priced.

“All year long we receive donations of goods from the community,” Vick said. “Actually, it amazes me just how much Christmas merchandise we receive every day, even in the middle of the summer. We have tons of bins in our basement of just Christmas items.”

“We’ve gotten so many beautiful things, including the quirky, but very popular, Dept. 56 decorative items, plus Fritz & Floyd serving pieces,” she added. “When Napa Valley Traditions closed their shop, they gave us a huge donation of their high-end holiday merchandise.”

The decorative items also include dated collectible pieces, Vick said. “There will be a whole cross section of old pieces from the 1950s-1960s vintage era as well as Depression glass and new trending pieces, too. It’s fun to see this wide array. We package up the ornaments, and all, in lovely holiday style. They make great gifts.”

Arata added, “We will even have artificial trees to hang all of those beautiful decorations and ornaments on. They’ll be set up like a little Christmas tree lot in our parking lot. It’s so darling!”

To help you achieve maximum holiday decoration capacity in your home and/or place of work, the two-day event will have an abundance of heritage linens, Christmas color and motif linens, fine silver service pieces and other serving wares.

“We have some incredible nutcrackers, too,” Arata said. “I know because I take care of those donations.”

Vick said, “We have an amazing crew of volunteers working in our floral department. They de-construct and re-do the wreaths and swags we receive. They turn out gorgeous! They are a big seller. They’d start at about $100 at retail locations. But we have some priced at $20. However, the prices do go up from there, depending on the size of the wreath. But they do sell very quickly because they’re so reasonably priced and beautiful.”

Besides all of the decorative merchandise, the Treasures From Christmas Past will offer ample gift giving options. “A really fun section is the toys,” Arata said. “They’re really nice toys, such as doll houses, child-sized rocking chairs, and lots of games.”

She added, “They’re all in really nice condition.”

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Later in the season, the popular Christmas socks filled with small toys for girls and boys will be coming back this year.

There also will be other gift items as well for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list.

“We have beautiful gift baskets and our popular ‘Grab a Gift & Go’ as well as our gift wrapped ‘Surprise Gifts’ for both men and women,” Vick said. “They’re perfect for all of those ‘Secret Santa’ and ‘White Elephant’ holiday gift exchanges.” For the culinary fans and cooks on your list, Christmas cookbooks will be in stock.

Arata added, “We also have hundreds of Christmas cookie cutters nicely packaged up for Treasures.”

They also have tons of Christmas cards, Vick said.

While the Treasures From Christmas Past is a festive fund-raiser for Community Projects, it is also has bargain sales.

“Expect the two-day event to be very busy,” Vick said. “People arrive early and by about 8 a.m., the line extends around to Third Street. It’s actually a frenzy at times.

“I’ve noticed people want to buy everything. For example, one year, I had a white plastic, artificial, Christmas tree that had turned brown. I thought, ‘No one would want this tree so I’ll use it to display ornaments.’ I was wrong. Someone really wanted it and bought it. So, if you see something you want, don’t wait. Buy it as we probably won’t have another one in stock.”

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