Too early for Christmas? Not for these El Dorado Hills holiday boutique shoppers

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - While many are still taking down Halloween decorations, those attending a holiday shopping fair Saturday were already thinking about presents under the tree.

The El Dorado Hills Library’s annual Holiday Gifts and Craft Boutique sported handmade wooden cooking utensils, crocheted monkey-themed caps, children’s books, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, cards, cosmetics, gift baskets and food.

Joan Masegian, owner of We Olive, offered samples of the California-crafted olive oils she sells from her store at 1000 White Rock Road, Suite 300, in El Dorado Hills.

“We love the boutique,” she said. “We come and do things like this to support the library. The event has been good.”

She said it certainly wasn’t too early to buy holiday presents for those attending the boutique.

“People have been buy gifts or just for themselves,” she said. “This is our third year doing this and we do well every year. It seems odd being so early. I mean, I’m wearing sandals and capris, but people are thinking about Christmas. Next week, we’re converting the store to all Christmas.”

El Dorado Hills resident Melinda Russo, perusing the merchandise, certainly didn’t have an issue with shopping the first week of November.

“I love it,” she said. “I like getting a good head start before the shopping rush. This is the first time we’ve come to this event. We thought it would be all books so we’re surprised.”

She said shopping options are limited in El Dorado Hills, so it’s nice to have alternatives.

“This is an excellent idea for El Dorado Hills,” she said. “I mean, usually we have to drive to Folsom.”

Mary Kay representative Cathy Avallone said the event drew a lot of interested shoppers.

“It’s good,” she said. “It’s been lowing. I work for the school district, so it’s been fun seeing parents and students from the district.”