by Janet Stoica
WEBSTER - Blue skies and warm weather greeted vendors and buyers alike for the Fourth Annual Sidewalk Sale sponsored by the Webster Dudley Business Alliance on Saturday, June 7. Vehicle traffic was heavy and directed expertly by the Webster Police while customers crossed from the sunny to the shady side of Main Street viewing handmade jewelry to oil paintings to vintage postcards.
Scrubs by Gabbie was a unique vendor offering up body scrubs made by Gabbie Bernier, a local college student from Webster. Gabbie’s aunt influenced her retail venture and she offers body scrubs made from sugar, sea and Epsom salts, and coconut oil. “It’s fun to offer these products and my profits help me with living expenses while attending school,” said Gabbie. ([email protected])
Rita’s Jewels included beautiful earrings and pendants in various color combinations. “I’m mostly a wholesaler,” said Rita Flagg, “and my jewelry can also be seen at Booklovers Gourmet. My art is made from Czech glass and sterling silver.” Rita has been in business for 12 years.
Jessika Masiello, who is originally from Venezuela, came to offer colorful bracelets in many countries National colors as well as various other attractive body wear. “It’s a great hobby,” said Jessika.
Wally Brown, who’s been woodworking since age 11, learned about the Sidewalk Sale through Booklovers Gourmet. He offered beautiful birdhouses in various shapes and sizes as well as plant stands, and even a hand-carved bi-plane.
Emma’s Acres Alpacas products from Oxford MA offered a wide array of attractive gloves, socks, and other cozy accessories. “We’ve been in business for 12 years,” said Roger & Collette Gage, “our own alpacas’ wool is used for all our products. Our animals come from Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.” If anyone has driven along Charlton Street in Oxford, you have probably seen the Gage alpacas grazing on the Gage property. ([email protected])
C & G Enterprises of Charlton displayed many vintage postcards of the Webster area. “Prices for the postcards range from $1 to $10,” said Guy Helander. Carol and Guy Helander have been selling vintage postcards for 15 years and had about 7,000 postcards neatly packaged and indexed in display boxes for buyers’ review. ([email protected])
Booklovers Gourmet display was manned by Michael Morin. Display materials included books, kids’ games, and always-interesting conversation pieces.
Webster Fish & Game Disc Golf representatives were on hand to eagerly explain their disc golf course features. They offered tee shirts and Frisbees for sale and also brought along two disc golf targets for those who wanted to enjoy the real experience. Matthew Davis and Keith Benton were very enthusiastic and energetic in their presentations. “Our course is three years old,” said Matt, “and memberships are available.
Webster Dudley Business Alliance also manned a table that included Caryl Savard, Nancy Healy, and Don Bourque. “It’s wonderful weather for our event,” said Caryl.
Kaycee and Ryle Gajewski, along with their dad, Nick, offered thirst-quenching pink and regular lemonade at 75 cents and $1/cup. “This is a 50/50 fundraiser effort for Ryle,” said Mr. Gajewski, “she has polycystic kidney disease and may need a transplant. We are donating 50% of what the girls sell to the PKD foundation.”
Community Cat Connection volunteer, Marcia Azzaoui, talked about their fundraising efforts for the non-profit cat shelter. “We have wonderful calendars that include pictures of our former resident cats taken by their new owners,” she said. Ms. Azzaoui also brought out a gray-striped kitten from the shelter that was soft and cuddly with beautiful blue eyes.
It Works is a line of skin care products, nutrition, whole-food supplements and body applicator wraps offered by Christina Keller. “There’s no shortcut to being healthy,” said Ms. Keller, “we’re having an online party this weekend but you can also find out more on our website.” ([email protected])
Quilling creations were presented by Ms. Rosemary Davis and included her own line of greeting cards and vibrant wall decorations. “This is my first year here, Ms. Davis said, “I also offer trinket boxes, pins, birdhouses, and wall hangings.” ([email protected])
Alan Babineau of Dudley came with his display of multi-colored rosary beads. “I’ve been making these rosary beads for a year now,” stated Mr. Babineau. Each set of beads was carefully arranged and boxed in rows.
“Glass Whimsy is the potential name of what my partner and I have really been doing for two years now,” said Ms. Pam Truenow. Recycled wine bottles, antique lighting glassware, and other glass materials had been styled and converted into decorative wind chimes. Wooden birdhouses were also on display and made by her father, Richard Howard.
Artist, Tara Stephanos, showed her original oil and acrylic paintings. “I’ve been painting for 24 years,” Ms. Stephanos indicated, “and my work includes portraits, landscapes, pets, and homes.” (www.etsy.com search tara stephanos)
By my tour’s end, pedestrian traffic had increased greatly and there was a good deal of activity at each display. Everyone was definitely glad to see the sunny day and great June weather.