For the second year in a row, the Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, or Tri Sigma, will host a holiday bazaar for all your Christmas shopping needs. A mix of local artists, crafters, small businesses and direct sale companies will be selling their goods at the event.
Forty-five vendors are already booked to attend the bazaar, putting the event on track to be even bigger than last year. A large variety of products will be available for purchase from companies such as Damsel in Defense to Scentsy to local photographers shooting holiday family pictures. Members of Eta Zeta, Tri Sigma’s Collegiate Chapter, will also have their own booth selling baked goods and hot drinks.
Proceeds from the Tri Sigma Holiday Bazaar accumulate from the fees that vendors pay in order to sell their products at the event. The proceeds are then split in half with one half put towards sending an alumnae member to a national Tri Sigma convention, and the other half given back to Eta Zeta in the form of service and leadership scholarships. Also, the earnings from Eta Zeta’s booth go directly to Broken Sparrow Children’s Home, a local philanthropy.
“It benefits all of us, and it’s nice to be a part of that. We help them help us,” Jamie Logan, vice president of operations for Eta Zeta, said.
The bazaar was brought to life by an idea from Amie Collins, secretary of Tri Sigma’s Alumnae Chapter, inspired by the bazaars she attended with her personal pop-up boutique. Collins believes the event is an opportunity to be involved with the community, support the sorority and bring the alumnae and collegiate chapters together.
“It’s really nice for alumnae to have a connection back to UAA and really get back to our roots,” Collins said. “Alumnae don’t get a lot of face to face time with the Collegiate Chapter, and [the bazaar] helps bring us closer.”
Candice Kelley, president of Tri Sigma’s Eta Zeta chapter, felt that last year’s bazaar inspired students in the Collegiate Chapter to stick with the sorority after graduation.
“Alumnae life isn’t as big up here in Alaska as it is in the Lower 48, so it was a good way to show us that just because you graduate doesn’t mean you’re done with Tri Sigma overall, just your Collegiate Chapter,” Kelley said. “We always say, ‘It’s not for four years, it’s for life,’ and the event really showed that to our members.”
The Tri Sigma Holiday Bazaar raised over $1,700 for the sorority last year. Due to its success, the event won a national Tri Sigma award for the Single Outstanding National Program of the Year. Collins hopes to continue this success during this year’s event and in the future.
“I think Greek life can get a bad rap sometimes and having this bazaar and being in the public eye with the good things we are doing and the ways we are helping the community is a chance for us to change that,” she said.
The second annual Tri Sigma Holiday Bazaar will take place on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Aquarian Charter School on 1705 W. 32nd Ave.