Now that retail-facing employees are required to wear face covers and people in general are being encouraged to do the same when out of the house, the search is on. Not surprisingly, a cottage industry has sprung up, with individuals and shops making masks for sale or donate. (EG Girl Scout Troop 497 was early into mask making – read HERE – and as of last week, they had donated more than 400 of them. Excellent work, Girl Scouts!)
The state has also gotten into the act, with MasksRI.com, a clearinghouse for mask/face cover sellers and buyers. That’s a terrific resource for people looking to buy dozens of covers, but if you are looking for covers for just you and perhaps other members of your household, there are local options.
Here’s our list. If you are making and selling masks, let us know so we can include you:
- The owners of Royalty Tailors & Cleaners are making machine washable reusable cloth face covers for $8 a piece. They are located at 784 Main St., across from Citizens Bank. But call them if you are interested. Their number is (401) 886-9900.
- EGHS students Gabriella and Thea Weathers (a junior and freshman, respectively) are making masks. They have donated many to Stop & Shop and healthcare workers but they are also selling them for $10 a piece. “What sets us apart is our funky, fun fabric selection and our antimicrobial bamboo lining that comes with every mask,” says Gabriella. If interested, send a direct message on Instagram (@gabriellalolaw) or text (401) 588-1020.
- Local favorite Sew Many Things is making and selling face cloths. Find out more HERE.
- Bags By Iris is carrying face covers by Vera Bradley (as they are available), as well as NE sports team-themed masks. Check their Facebook page (HERE) next week.
- Ali Hornung is making and selling charming face covers, donating the proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Each mask is $12. Find out more on her Facebook page HERE.
- Vanessa Oakes has been making and donating cloth face covers too. She’s ramping up to sell them, donating the proceeds. Find out more on her Facebook page HERE.
- Renee Syed is making masks and selling them in front of her house on 32 Blackmore St., or you can reach out to her through her Facebook page HERE.
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