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Spring Boutique supports locals

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Michael Phillips
Staff Writer

The Johnson Family Plaza was covered in tents, chairs and tables for the Spring Boutique last weekend.

At 8 a.m., March 26, there were about nine booths participating, selling everything from homemade creations, crafts, jewelry, magnets, purses, bags and various other knickknacks.

Director of Purchasing Debbie Deacy ran the booth closest to the Campus Center. The table was covered with an assortment of baked goods including cookies, brownies and homemade chocolate desserts.

“We’ve joined forces with the Classified Committee to raise funds for our picnic in June,” she said.

The bake sale was held again on March 27 at the graduation fair.

The booth next to Deacy’s was run by a mother and a daughter, who is a La Verne alumna. At their booth there were homemade picture frames, purses, wallets and small phone books.

“It’s great, the idea of selling our stuff and showcasing what we’ve made,” business administration major Jasmin Padilla said.

“We had came up with an idea, a holiday bizarre, to get a collection of people to sell stuff for commencement, Mothers Day, Easter etc,” Padilla said.

Each booth highlighted the sellers talents, by allowing them to showcase and sell things made with their own hands. While some of the booths were fundraising for the picnic in June, others were fundraising, or making profit.

Malissa Hernandez, alumni relations and special events coordinator, sold scarves purses, and pins for Autism Awareness Month, and the Autism Speaks Walk in Los Angeles on April 25.

“One hundred percent of my sales go to the Autism Speaks Walk, because I have two nephews with autism,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez is also taking part in the walk, and has a team as well. She also handed out information about the walk and autism in hopes of making Autism awareness month known, as well as the walk, which raises awareness about autism as well as raises money for autism research.

A scrapbooking company called Creative Memories also had a booth at the boutique, selling photo albums, scrapbooks, and accessories to organize photos.

By 11 a.m. students and other faculty began to swarm the booths looking to buy treats and a few gifts.

“I’m here to support the classified and administrative professional committees with their fundraising. I bought a jewelry organizer, a bracelet and cell phone charm,” Martina Miraflor said.

Visitors were amazed by Cheryl Walker Johnson’s booth, which sold handcrafted earrings and magnets.

The Boutique ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing students and faculty members on campus to drop by and do some shopping, whether it was for Easter, spring commencement or Mother’s Day.

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