Record number of vendors at Cosmo craft fair

Lisa Goudy
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Tim Knittig stops for a photo with his Globes in Motion imported from San Diego that he was selling at the April 26, 2014 craft and trade fair at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre.

Globes of different shapes and sizes spun round and round at Tim Knittig’s booth.

“It’s a new solar technology,” he said. “Normally, the light is converted to electricity to run a motor. Motors can wear out … this converts it to a magnetic field. So being that they are supported all in fluid, the magnetic field can push on the North Pole/South Pole and it just gets them rotating on their own. (Because there are) virtually no moving parts to wear out, they’re going to last a long, long time.”

He was one of the 43 vendors at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre craft and trade fair on Saturday.

For the last 35 years, his business, Simcoe Draperies, has been in Moose Jaw focusing on drapes and blinds.

“A lot of people when I’m working in their house are questioning where can they get something really unique as a decorating item? So when I found these, I started importing them,” said Knittig. “It is unusual and unique. Not too many places around actually import these. They come out of San Diego.”

Inside, the globes are three-quarters filled with fluid and there is a converter with solar panels inside the globes. When two globes sat side by side, the rotating globes stopped and started to turn backwards.

“They’re looking for a magnetic field and are interrupting each other,” said Knittig. “They’re not a toy for children. If you lift them, you can feel how heavy they are. They’re quite substantial. The big ones are like a big heavy bowling ball.”

He has been at the craft and trade fair a few times before.

“It’s a good venue. It’s always a lot of fun,” said Knittig.

Eunice Rivers, Leila Duffin and Pat Barnett organized the event. Rivers said the first fair about 10 years ago began with seven tables. On Saturday there were 64 tables and 43 vendors.

“This is the first one we’ve had so many vendors and tables for the spring sale,” said Rivers. “All the money raised goes back to the centre.”

The centre will use the money to maintain current programming.

“It keeps the doors open,” said Rivers, adding that attendance to the event started a bit slow but picked up later.

Aase Deveaux sold about 200 different styles of leggings at the fair. It was her first time selling anything.

“It’s good,” she said. “I love leggings.”

She has only been selling leggings since February.

“I have a girlfriend that started doing it in Alberta. I just kind of started doing it through her on the side,” said Deveaux. “For me, it’s something fun to do.”

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