ONEONTA – Wearing a mask is that much harder if it doesn’t fit, said Emily Phillips.
“I got masks for my partner and I, and mine kept falling off my face, and his was pulling on his ears,” she said. “I reached out to a crochet group on Facebook, and they had patterns for ‘mask mates’.”
The crochet band is designed to lift the back of the elastic off your ears – ideal for those who have to wear masks for long periods of time.
She tried several different patterns – some were too big, some too small – before she combined them into a belt-like design. “It’s a long skinny band with 15 button holes,” she said.
It’s only the first day at the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans Thrift Shop and business is already bustling. “We had people here the moment we opened!” said volunteer staff member Emily Phillips, Oneonta, seen above tagging clothing. At right, Irene Bourgeois, Oneonta, takes care of customer Barbara Moore, New Lisbon, who was going home to bring them donations. Located at 4 South Main Street in Oneonta, next to Casey’s Barber Shop, the new store offers customers gently used and new clothing, household items, antiques, collectable items, jewelry, locally made crafts, gently used pet supplies and more! They are currently open Thursday – Saturday 12-6pm. All proceeds go to support Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit pet rescue registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture who just last year helped find homes for nearly 300 animals. “If we can get some well behaved puppies, we’ll bring them into the store!” said Phillips. “We will even have a wall of pet photos behind the counter of animals that people can adopt.”(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)