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Updated: 07/13/2014 08:00:03AM

‘Christmas’ cheer, gifts aplenty at bazaar

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Nader Najjar of Palm Beach wanders through the Cultural Center of Charlotte County’s Country Store Saturday during the Christmas in July Bazaar, which continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the center, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.

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Joyce Schoonmaker, left, of Hostess Glitter Tools by Joyce, based in North Port, shows off her wares to shoppers at Saturday’s Christmas in July Bazaar.

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Karen Kieling of Karen’s Tropic Fashions of Punta Gorda plays host to a bevy of bargain hunters at Saturday’s Christmas in July Bazaar.

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Robert Nelson, owner of ProsperiTea in Venice, helps Linda Amador of Cape Coral choose the right variety of tea at the Christmas in July Bazaar, which continues today at the Cultural Center.

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Shoppers get in the holiday spirt at the Christmas in July Bazaar, which continues today at the Cultural Center.

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Lori Cone of Bradenton, with a three-piece outfit already in hand, sifts through more clothes for young and old at the Cultural Center’s Thrift Shops Saturday.

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Mickey Sain, right, and Aletha Blankers, both of Kings Gate in Port Charlotte, visit Uniquely Rhonda of Punta Gorda at Saturday’s bazaar.

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Thrift Shops employees Barbara Fontaine, left, and Velma Plummer serve a line of shoppers Saturday during the annual Christmas bazaar.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Lori Cone traveled all the way from Bradenton to find a little Christmas spirit — and maybe a bargain or two. She found everything she wanted Saturday at the 45th annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County.

After searching through the racks of offerings at the Thrift Shops, Cone came away with a purple, three-piece outfit, for only $8. “And my sister gave me a coupon,” she said.

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