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Senior Citizens Craft Fair set for Saturday



Looking for a unique gift or for holiday decorations to spruce up your home?

Check out the Senior Citizens Craft Fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Boger City United Methodist Church, East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Betty Jo Barger and Ken Saine are just two of the more than 20 craftspeople who will have their creations on sale at the annual event.

Saine says he got into woodworking to have something to occupy his time after he retired.

“I closed my dry-cleaning business — Boger City Dry Cleaners — about 18 years ago and needed something to do.  So, I went out into my shop and started making wooden boxes.”

With practice, Saine improved his skills and now transforms wooden boxes into ornate clocks and banks. Among the more popular items are banks made from old post office boxes.

The banks feature ornate brass boxes with working keys salvaged from the Lincolnton post office. Saine encloses the post office boxes in a wooden cabinet, finished in a variety of stains.

“I have about 60 of the doors from the post office,” Saine said. “These are true collectibles. The even older doors with combination locks go for a minimum of a hundred dollars.”

Barger’s crafts are quite different from Saine’s.  She will be selling a variety of homemade baked items along with hand-crocheted kitchen scrubbers.

“I make something year round,” Barger said. “It keeps me going.”

Other items that will be displayed and sold include beaded decorations, such as snowmen and Christmas trees with interior lights and holiday center pieces.

Ten percent of the sales from the craft fair go to Boger City United Methodist Church. For the crafters, the main benefit of the craft fair is getting out to mingle with other people.

“I really missed interacting with the public after my business closed, and this gives me a way to do that again,” Saine said.

Image courtesy of Seth Mabry / Lincoln Times-News

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