Garden Club of Allegheny County hosts Pizzazz at Fox Chapel Golf Club
Barbara Arnett designs her cashmere scarves in Michigan and then sends them to Nepal where they are hand woven and painted.
The next stop for her products is Fox Chapel.
“Its hard to find something that no one else in the world has, and that's what's unique about my scarves,” Arnett said. “We have 60 designs and 800 colors and I usually bring about 150 different scarves to a show.”
Arnett is one of dozens of boutique vendors that will be available to shoppers at the Garden Club of Allegheny County's annual Pizzazz, a three-day sale of unique items from around the country.
A preview party is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, with tickets at $125.
From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, shoppers will have the opportunity to browse the 29 vendors with the purchase of tickets ranging from $10 to $35.
There will also be a “Petals Party” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $20 and proceeds will benefit the Healing Garden at The Children's Institute.
The Garden Club, which has been a part of Pittsburgh's conservation and gardening scene for more than 100 years, has been able to donate more than $1 million to environmental projects throughout the county over a span of two decades because of Pizzazz.
Co-chair of the event, Lilla Swan, said that she and her committee are constantly looking for vendors outside of the city to provide exposure to shopping that wouldn't otherwise be available in Pittsburgh.
“We typically are looking for more vendors that focus on women's interests, clothing vendors and home goods vendors,” Swan said. “Overall, we are looking for a successful event, good weather and an even better turnout.”
This is the 22nd year that the Garden Club has hosted Pizzazz, but it's Swan's first as co-chair. She expects between 800 and 1,000 people to attend Pizzazz.
Lark Champion — a former resident of Fox Chapel and new vendor to the event — looks forward to both returning from Georgia to Pittsburgh as well as debuting her array of handbags and blouses for the first time.
“This show always has such a unique selection, and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the other vendors,” Champion said. “I look forward to introducing my new clutches, scarves and Mexican blouses, where a portion of the proceeds go to help people hurt by the recent earthquake.”
Christine Manganas is a freelance writer.