PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 100 cookie cutter collectors are in town for International Cookie Cutter Collectors Club Convention. Lynn Maguire is a founder and president of the club.
“Everybody likes cookies,” she says. “So that’s perfect.”
As the name would indicate, she says the cookie cutter collectors’ convention is limited to, “Cookies. Cookie cutters. That’s it.”
It’s not just for cookie cutter connoisseurs. The public is invited to the weekend event.
“They can come and see he vendors,” Lynn Maguire sys. “They can talk to other collectors. And that’s how we picked up vendors in the past at other conventions. We have a vendor who actually is helping people make cookie cutters. They are going over and making their own cutter.”
Talented tinsmith Jeff Goris is a cleverly creative cookie cutter craftsman.
“I’m not a collector myself, I’m a maker,” he says. And I just like to make the different cookie cutters. And I enjoy helping people. I’m helping people today make their own cookie cutters. For most people that’s the first time experience for them.”
Some club members have collected thousands of cookie cutters, which they used to create a cornucopia of classic cookie concoctions. But if you’ll pardon the expression, this is no cookie cutter crowd. There are some who break the mold.
“We make cutters and we try to bring something new to them,” says Mary Fox. “The friends that were made over the years at these cookie cutter conventions. It wasn’t just a buy-sell group. We’ve meant a lot to one another and we cared about them.”
It’s a group of friends who are cut out for each other.
The convention continues through the weekend at the Doubletree Hotel in Green Tree.