Selkirk College held a student craft fair on Thursday, Nov. 26 .
There were seven student vendors at the fair, three of whom were from the Selkirk jewelry making program in Nelson.
Brittani Buettner runs her own jewelry making business and decided to enroll in the program to improve her skills.
“I’ve been starting up this business for about three years now, so I wanted to take it to the next level and like actually have a certificate in a trade skill,” she said.
The jewelry programs students were a multi-talented bunch. All three had other crafts on display as well.
Buettner was also selling a selection of hats and headbands she’d crocheted and infinity scarfs she’d hand sewn.
Marlee Lievre, also from the program, previously attended Emily Carr in Vancouver for print making, and had some of her prints available.
And Sauhaira Darwel brought baked goods and unique hand-painted t-shirts to sell.
The jewelry program students were’t the only ones to bring jewelry.
Katie Krug, a recreation, fish and wildlife student, was also selling handmade jewelry, including wood-burned necklaces bearing runes.
“I use specific wood, such as hazelnut or alder, which is important when creating a signal, which is like a talisman almost,” she explained.
Krug has been attending craft fairs with her mother for over ten years, but this was her first fair on her own.
“So this is really exciting, especially being at Selkirk College and surrounded by friends,” she said.
Forestry student Will Kruse also does some wood-burning and had to get some more of his wood-burned treasure chests after he sold out of them early in the day. He was also selling decorative paper cabins and golden railroad spikes.
He also regularly sells his crafts at the Robson Flea Market.
“I use this as a sideline business to earn money for my college,” he said.