Would you like to have a special bottle opener for stubborn containers of pickles, a pound of Power Putty for those balky, arthritic hands, or a clever little needle threader to make sewing easier?
"The needle threader is our No. 1 seller," said Pat Sayer, whose For Convenience Sake booth is part of Senior Expo.
The expo, an event sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging, began its two-day stand yesterday in the Exhibition Hall at the Timonium Fairgrounds. It continues today from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
"I got the idea for this business one night when I tried to open a container of spaghetti sauce," said Ms. Sayer. "I ran water on it, tapped it on the sink, and finally pounded it on the floor. It broke. I said to myself there has to be an easier way."
Ms. Sayer, a registered nurse who spent 14 years in developing countries working on health plans for the Catholic Relief Service, put together a list of items that would be useful to senior citizens. Two years ago, she started her business in her Silver Spring home.
George Murray, a retired state employee, bought a sewing machine needle threader from Ms. Sayer, then pointed to his own booth across an aisle. He said it's one of the county's best kept secrets.
Mr. Murray sold crafts made by senior citizens, including a little item called a Dammit Doll.
"You throw it at something when you get angry or frustrated," Mr. Murray said. "I use it all the time."
The expo includes more than 100 booths, from financial institutions to retirement and nursing homes to travel agencies. The expo also features continuous entertainment, prizes and gifts for those who attend.