Kathy Wilkinson has another name.
She is also known as the “$5 Jeweller,” specializing in finding and reselling costume jewellery. Every piece is only $5, but necklace and earring sets are slightly more.
She was one of the vendors at Spring Fever, a gift and craft show at Green Valley Alliance Church in Bradford West Gwillimbury held April 27. The event was a fundraiser for Easter Seals, hoping to raise money to send a local child with disabilities to an Easter Seals Camp this summer.
“I collect stuff, and inherited some of this from my mother-in-law,” said Wilkinson, surrounded by sparkling bracelets, earrings and necklaces. “We said, let’s use it for the fundraising!”
Vendors at the show also included direct sales representatives for companies like Fifth Avenue jewellery, Rodan + Fields skincare products, and Sweetlegs leggings. The Jam Guy Robert Salmons was also there with a huge selection of regular and sugar-free jams, and crafters sold everything from greeting cards, to hand-crafted soaps.
Kneedles and Hooks – the mother-daughter team of June and Theresa Andrews – brought their crocheted creations to Spring Fever. The table was covered with crocheted cacti, flowers and toys, including a huge giraffe, and a collection of Monster Dolls.
Theresa started crocheting only three years ago. June has been crocheting for years, but mostly “baby things,” she said, adding, “This is new.”
Asked who came up with the idea of cacti and monsters, so far outside the traditional crocheting 'box’, they pointed at each other.
Each vendor also donated an item for a silent auction, while volunteers served up a soup and bun luncheon, at what has become spring tradition in Bradford.