CAMP ZAMA, Japan – This weekend will be shopper’s paradise as local vendors plan to sell many items at a spring bazaar here, while a community yard sale will be held in the family housing area from Sagamihara.
About 25 vendors have set up stalls at the Camp Zama Community Club, which typically hosts two bazaars each year in spring and winter.
The next bazaar will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will offer customers a variety of items ranging from antiques, furniture, jewelry, toys, rugs, paintings to trinkets and other Japanese souvenirs that can add flair to a home or be mailed back to family and to friends.
“It offers things that some members of the community may not have easy access to or know they can purchase off-post,” said Azra Pepic, commercial director of the club and bowling center.
The one-stop shopping experience can also help the community learn a little more about Japanese culture.
In addition to other items, customers can purchase Japanese snacks and different types of soy sauce. Kimonos will also be available for purchase and there will be a Japanese calligrapher who will write Kanji characters for customers.
“It’s a good cultural experience,” Pepic said.
The Winter Bazaar is scheduled for mid-November ahead of the festive season and Pepic said the club are still looking to expand their list of suppliers. Only local vendors who are not members of the Status of Forces Agreement can currently participate.
“If anyone knows anyone who has a local business and is interested, they can come to the club and we can give them the information that explains the process of what they need to do,” she said. . “We are looking to have more people who will offer their products to our community. More the merrier, the merrier.”
Down the street, the Sagamihara housing area will be holding a community garage sale Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. His next community garage sale is scheduled for September 10.
Housing residents will be able to sell items at home, and out-of-post SOFA residents will be able to set up shop in the SFHA Club parking lot.
Food sales will be prohibited and private organizations will not be allowed to sell items. Also, only SOFA members are allowed to purchase items.
For more information on the community garage sale policy, contact the housing office at 263-4818 or 046-407-4818. To rent tables or chairs for a garage sale, contact Outdoor Recreation at 263-4671 or 046-407-4671.
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