Toledoans are resilient. We aren’t strangers to struggle, and we face challenges head-on. With face masks in low supply, local artists, moms, designers and seamstresses stepped up and began sewing, donating, and selling face masks for those in need.
Buying local is more important now than ever, so if you’re looking for face masks as Ohio begins to reopen, consider these local sellers, many of whom have been working tirelessly to donate face masks to healthcare workers.
Rayna Scherer has a ton of fun designs (Star Wars, anyone) for kids and adults with porch pickup available (Old West End). $7.
Designer Jemma Hostetler (Old West End) has created face masks for those who still want to be fashionable without breaking the bank. Sold on Threadless ($17) and shipped to your house (shipping additional). Adult sizes.
Julie Kaser (Sylvania) has plenty of options for kids and adults in Oscar’s Garage. $7 adult with ear loops, $9 adult with tie straps, $5 Child. Shipping starting at $3.80 per package. Local pick-up available.
Alli Snyder (Maumee) has been making and donating face masks for healthcare and essential workers but is now offering some for sale. Various sizes available.
By Tima’s Headbands.
Local Etsy dealer, Tima’s Headbands, offers a combination face mask + headband for a cute and comfortable alternative to typical face masks! Children and adult sizes. Headband with face mask, $15. This is the perfect option for those who want to look cute while wearing a face mask and/or prefer an option that does NOT go behind the ears.
Sara Zaciewski, former MSN, RN, is making, selling, and shipping adult and child-sized cloth masks from Millbury, Ohio.
Kala Brackett, in Oak Harbor, asks only for a donation to cover costs!
Elisha Mae Whitenack (Old West End) sews 2 layers of cotton with ties and a metal nose piece for $7 that can also be used as an N95 mask cover; $2 from each mask will be donated to charity. Essential workers receive a discount. Adult sizes available; tweens and children’s sizes coming soon.
Erin Kimberly has made over 350 face masks with her son in West Toledo! She offers porch pickup and shipping.
Erin Garber-Pearson (Old West End) sells her masks on a sliding scale of $10-15 based on income and $5 each for those who are unemployed. All masks have filters and a pocket to put in a new filter, as well as a wire nose bridge.
Stephanie Guittard Scigliano (Ottawa Hills) makes and sells high-quality face masks, as well as donates them to healthcare workers. There is even an interior pocket for an additional filter, as well as a nose wire to keep the mask in place. Bonus: the strings tie behind the head for those who wear hearing aids or find ear loops troublesome. Children and adult sizes available on her Facebook business page, Our Studio with Olive m’lou. $10. Local, non-contact pickup available; $5 shipping.