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Sacred Heart Craft Fair Draws Patrons

Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 6:59 AM
Tony Girard's Steam Punk lamps catch the eye at Country Bazaar craft fair. Photo 250News

Tony Girard’s Steam Punk lamps catch the eye at Country Bazaar craft fair. Photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – Tis the season for craft sales and you can expect to see them pop up fairly regularly from now until shortly before Christmas.

Sacred Heart is hosting the annual Country Bazaar this weekend in the gymnasium on Ingledew Street. There are more than 30 vendors on hand selling a wide variety of crafts and products. There’s everything from scented wax warmers to leggings, stuffed animals and dolls to Steam Punk lamps by Tony Girard.
These lamps are quite unique and, as Tony tells us, the idea “came from using old steam pump material like piping and gauges and so on. So you recycle these materials.”
But how did you come up with the idea, we asked? “I dream a lot at night,” chuckles Tony. “I see something and I say I can make a lamp out of this and, there they are.” He says he’s been making lamps of one type or another for a long time. “Ya, but not the Steam Punk, I just started the Steam Punk about six months ago. It’s been going really well.”
Asked where he comes up with his parts, Tony says “a lot of the stuff I find at garage sales or at second hand stores. Like the torches I bought at a second-hand store, meat grinders (yes, the old crank-it-out meat grinders like ma used to have) somebody provided me with them, ya.”
Tony says he did pretty well selling the lamps at the recent Antiques Fair but if you were hoping to catch up to him closer to Christmas you won’t be able to. “Not after this weekend,” he says “cuz I’m going to Palm Springs for the winter.”
The Country Bazaar runs from 10 am to 4 pm today at the Sacred Heart gym and there’s a bake table and a concession with great hot dogs and fresh-baked cookies, just in case you get the growlies.


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