GLITTER CANDLES: Julie Strowski who was selling homemade candles in antique glass and crystal and the Quota Craft Fair.
GLITTER CANDLES: Julie Strowski who was selling homemade candles in antique glass and crystal and the Quota Craft Fair. Caitlan Charles

Something for everyone at the Quota Craft Fair

IT WAS hard to move inside the Yamba Bowling Club on Saturday with locals and holidaymakers flocking to the annual Quota International of Lower Clarence Craft Fair.

Organiser Ann Verran said after a lot of hard work, they were very pleased with how the day went.

"It's the first time we've had a one-day fair rather than a two-day," she said.

"We had a good number of people through the door, there were good crowds and a great collection of crafts.

D. Willis won the major prize of a Weber with another nine prizes won by holidaymakers.

"With the funds from our raffle we support disadvantaged women and children in the area and those with hearing and speech impairments," Ms Verran said."

Some of the funds raised go to the North Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association.

"It will help them run their events that they put on through the summer," Ms Verran said.

"A fair like this doesn't come together without a lot of hard work put in," she said. "Our stall holders are there to support us, but also to make money and I think they were pleased with how it all went."

Ms Verran specifically thanked Sharman Naylor and Suzanne Monin for all their work behind the scenes.

Julie Strowski, who had a stall at Saturday's craft fair, started making soy candles as a way to use all the glass and crystal she had collected over the years.

"I just wanted to come up with an idea, and (making candles) was something I wanted to do," Ms Strowski said.

"It's really nice as a centrepiece for wedding tables, bridesmaids' gifts, or nice pieces for tables at home.

"You don't have to light them to get the smell through the house. And when you light them all the crystal glitters."

"I just love old things, antiques, and actually my neighbour got me onto it so we collect together. We go around when we have days off to collect glass and then I make the candles."

She said the soy she used was one of the most eco-friendly around.

"It's the most friendly, cleanest-burning soy wax that you can get on the market."


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