Home shopping comes to the library

Home Party Expo

Lisa Garrison, right, learns about home fragrances from home party host Serena McCabe as Christie Maughon, left, displays cosmetics samples.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 01:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Mac Kramer’s grin stretched ear to ear as he exited the Home Party Expo that the Crestview Public Library hosted Saturday. The 2-year-old, gripping a Santa key his mom, Dorothy Kramer, just bought for him, had assurance of a visit from the jolly old elf this Christmas.

Usually, Mac’s mom would have to take him to a Longaberger home shopping party to buy the pewter key, which provides Santa Claus access to homes lacking chimneys. However, at this event, nearly a dozen local home party hosts brought their shopping experiences to the library.

Library clerk Audrey Milcarek, an event organizer, said it allowed patrons to get a jumpstart on their holiday shopping without the need to battle shopping center traffic.

“This is thinking outside ‘the box,’” Milcarek said, gesturing air-quotes in reference to a big-box store or mall.


Extra income

Home shopping parties’ benefits were evident on both sides of tables that lined the library’s main meeting room, Milcarek said. The representatives were as local as the shoppers were.

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