Building on its third Saturday of the month flea markets, United Christian Church, Route 173, will host a Holiday Antique and Gift Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.

Organizer Mary Schulien, who is also the church's music director, said, like the flea markets, the holiday show will take place in the Community Building adjacent to the church. The building, which was first built to house the school gym, is now the property of the church, Schulien said, and has undergone significant renovations, with more on the way. Renovations to date have been supported in part by the flea markets, she said.

The church has lowered the 16-foot ceilings to 12 feet in the 30-foot-by-60-foot structure and added a new acoustic tile ceiling and insulation, as well as energy-efficient windows and lighting. The church also added a handicapped-accessible entrance, Schulien said.

Also planned are a handicapped-accessible bathroom and a kitchen, and she said the church has received a pledge for the cost of the bathroom. Plans for the kitchen are being drawn up. Schulien said architect John Silverio, a member of the church, has donated his services to guide the renovations.

Church members were encouraged by the way the flea markets, started this year, were received.

“People were so pleased with the space … we decided to do one more show in November, but more upscale,” Schulien said. The plan is to have “nice products that people would like to buy as gifts,” along with some antique dealers, she said.

The church will have a table selling “gift quality” items donated by church members, including vintage linens and jewelry, and there will be coffee, other beverages and cookies for sale.

In addition, The Donut Lady from Washington will be there, with her mashed potato doughnuts, Schulien said, and there will also be holiday cookies packaged for the freezer.

Among the many craft items offered for sale will be handcrafted brooms, goat's milk soap, homemade jams and chutneys, hand-carved utensils, bird ornaments, hooked rugs, decoupage boxes, pottery and maple syrup. Also, Spindlewood School will offer beeswax candles and kits, as well as a table where children can make a beeswax candle themselves.

A favorite from the flea markets that will be on hand is handcrafts from Kenya offered by Aina Moja, a nonprofit organization. Money from handcraft sales supports education and health programs in Kenya, said Schulien.

“People have been really responding well to their mission,” she said.

Table rentals will go to the Community Building fund, while funds from the church's own tables will go into its general fund, Schulien said.

She said the church wants the building to be self-sustaining through the flea markets, community events such as contra dances, and rentals for private gatherings. She added the church hopes the space will become a community asset.

Schulien thinks events like the antique and gift show are a good way for neighbors to give each other a boost.

“It's important to encourage people to support local businesses,”' she said.