Moving to another island wasn’t easy. Not only did I have to pack way too much boxes and tearfully say goodbye to my friends and family on Oahu but I also had to rebuild my rolodex from the ground up. …
I had one goal that I wanted to accomplish this past Saturday. I’m the silent auction chair for the American Heart Association’s Maui Go Red for Women Luncheon on November 17th. This means I’ve been tasked with approaching our wonderful Maui retailers, restaurants, artists and activities vendors to request donations of auction items for our event that will tempt the ladies in attendance to open their wallets and get their shop on.
My goal was to canvas Paia to drop off letters explaining our event and to convey how much we would love and appreciate a donation. I did accomplish my goal but also accomplished something else I didn’t intend. I went a little textile crazy in Paia and filled my shopping bag with not one but several great printed pieces.
I’ve never been to a swap meet before, ever. So, this weekend I decided to hit the road, farmer’s market basket in hand and sunnies on, to see what the Maui Swap Meet is all about.
It was a beautiful sunny day with a light breeze. Jeff’s Jams and Jellies were there with their ono sauces and fruit jams. The gorgeous raku pieces by Benjamin Diller and Christopher Matti would look great on any desktop or kitchen counter. Oahu crafter Tuttie Frutti’s fruit soaps are adorable (she uses real fruit seeds and stems to give her soap sculptures a touch of realism). Haiku artist Eric Berg’s unique and playful coconut paintings brought a smile to my face. I filled my basket with fresh kale, artichokes, strawberries, shitaki and oyster mushrooms from local farmers.
The line for shave ice was way too long so I tried a veggie samosa. So ono! One booth had a huge selection of sun hats and fedoras. I saw many people buying Maui protea bunches or flower arrangements like these beauties from Goble’s Farm.
The swap meet also offered a variety of handmade jewelry, orchids, locally designed Ts and tie-dye dresses (tie-dye and batik never go out of style on Maui). You could even get a massage at one booth.
I had a great time and will be back. How was your Saturday?
Each Saturday, the Maui Swap Meet is held from 7 AM to 1 PM on the back side of UH Maui College (across from the MACC). There is ample parking at the swap meet and admission is just 50 cents (free for children 12 and under).
I love writing features and hope MauiShopGirl opens up free lance opportunities for me…I got my first guest blogger gig a few weeks ago and had a great time prepping for and writing it. It’s a “shopping in Maui” post and here’s a collage peek.
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Row 1: Mana Foods, Maui Hands, Alice in Hulaland, Thomas Barbey; row 2: Front Street, Maui Built, Whalers’ Village, Maggie Columbe; row 3: Cinnamon Girl, Cos Bar, Wailea Shopping Village, Maui Water Wear.