Birdhouses, cleaning products and more at trade show

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Kelly Manning (left) and Winnie Kerrivin sit next to some of birdhouses at the fourth annual Eastern Star Trade and Craft Fair at the Masonic Temple on March 8, 2014. Manning's father, Doug Vokey, makes and designs all of his birdhouses.

Kelly Manning’s father, Doug Vokey, has a unique hobby of creating colourful birdhouses.

“They’re all his own design and he’s designed 94 of them and no two are alike,” said Manning. “They’re whimsical, but they’re more like Dr. Seuss.”

She was among the 20 vendors at the fourth annual Eastern Star Trade Fair and Craft Show on Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 1755 Main St. N.

Manning, along with Winnie Kerrivin, were at the show on behalf of Vokey and Doug’s Scroll Shop out of Regina. It was their first time at the show.

“Somebody contacted my dad and saw them at another sale and said, ‘Can you come to this sale?’” she said. “My dad of course said, ‘Yeah.’ He’s a little older so usually I do the … marketing.”

Made out of wood, each house is sealed so they won’t be damaged outside, but the inside of each house is rough.

“The birds just like the raw wood on the inside,” said Manning. “My dad is retired and this is what he does all day long. He lives with me.”

Kay Ogilvie, Eastern Star member who founded the show, said the fair is one of the group’s major fundraisers. Admission to the show was $2 and the admission money will go to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.

She estimated about six people were involved to make the show happen, but “everybody works.”

“It’s a pretty good fundraiser, but it is a lot of work,” said Ogilvie.

Ann Deshaies, an independent sales consultant and sales leader in Moose Jaw with Norwex, said she has come to the show every year since its inception.

“For me, it’s one of my favourites because it’s the very first one of the spring season. So I know when this show is coming up, it’s like, ‘yes. Spring’s on the way.’ So I love it for that,” she said.

Norwex, which is celebrating its 40th year since it was established in Norway, sells environmentally friendly cleaning products.

“Norwex, really, has got a great heart and conscience and are really concerned about the environment and what we’re doing to it,” said Deshaies. “The whole idea is to reduce the amount of chemicals that we use both in personal cleaning and in our household cleaning.”

Products include organic personal care products, biodegradable enzyme-based products and microfiber cleaning cloths with silver embedded into them.

“That’s the natural agent of fighting bacteria and so instead of filling the landfill with all the paper towel …  all you have to do is use plain H2O,” said Deshaies. “I take my cloth and I can do my mirrors, I can do my windows inside and out and I can just polish that up. I can be lazy and walk away and it will just dry streak-free every time.”

She said the trade shows are a great opportunity to meet people.

“Even if they’re not wishing to purchase anything on the day, that’s fine,” said Deshaies. “It’s a great social. I lobe meeting the people and it’s a good time.”

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Organizations: Scroll Shop, Eastern Star, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

Geographic location: Regina, Moose Jaw, Norway

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