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Nana’s Holiday House is opening its doors for the sixth year at 175 First St., which formerly housed Mr. Believable’s and The Rumor Mill. Now a Friday Harbor tradition, Nana’s House provides a place for kids, 18 and under, to do their Christmas shopping at the affordable price of $1 to $10.
Nana’s House will be open from 3-5 p.m., school days, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends, Dec. 1-23. The last day of Nana’s House is open to the whole family.
All of the items for sale are new or handcrafted. The kids come with their lists and purchase special gifts for their families, teachers and friends. There is a wrapping station with helpers and an area where parents can munch on baked goods while their kids shop for secret gifts and have their gifts wrapped.
Jeanine Earnhart (Nana) remembers sitting in her car at Friday Harbor’s old dime store, Sprouse Ritz, when her kids were young. They would spend a half hour and $20 shopping for parents, teachers, friends and other family members. Her kids learned about the joy of giving while the excitement of the recipients opened their well thought out gifts on Christmas morning. It brought a lot of joy and Christmas spirit to the holidays to everyone.
Earnhart, her daughter Laura Earnhart Holden and friend Debbie Cutting opened Nana’s House for the first time in 2013. Through the generous donations of items and retail space, have been open in various spots around town every year since.
Items are bought and made all year so there are plenty of lovely items for everyone on the list, and donations are gladly accepted up until the last day.
All the proceeds from Nana’s House go to the community. Profits go toward scholarships, school supplies, swimming lessons, food and gas cards to the family resource center, and other help for island families going through tough times.
Even Santa shops for stocking stuffers at Nana’s House. For info, visit the Facebook page Nana’s Holiday House in Friday Harbor, or call 360-317-4489.