Are you struggling to find a face mask?
These Hunter-based retailers stocking or making reusable fabric masks may be able to help.
Please note: due to the increased interest in purchasing face masks they may only have a limited supply of masks. Check for availability on their websites or social media pages (where available).
Based in Redhead, CakeEmporiumCo is selling handmade embroidered face masks for children and adults through its etsy page. The masks are $24.99 each.
Swimwear company Class 84 is selling reusable face masks for $29.95. Adult and children’s sizes are available in a few prints. The masks are three layers and orders can be made on the Class 84 website.
Beresfield-based Sharkskin is now selling hydrophobic (water repellent) reusable face masks. Starting from $26, the masks are double layered and feature a pocket where a filter can be added. Go to the Sharkskin website for more info or to purchase.
The team at Upcycle Newcastle is making high quality fabric face masks. Double layer masks are $12, while the triple layer masks are $20.
After ordering, the masks can be picked up from the company at Shed 7D/50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North, or can be posted at the buyer’s expense.
They are also selling kits with a pattern to make your own mask. The kits include fabric, a twist tie wire, and t-shirt cord for ties or ear loops. The kits start at $6 each. Go to the website for more.
Alie Jane Travel and Accessories
Alie Jane Travel and Accessories is now selling reusable face masks at $45 each. The masks have elastic ear loops and are double layered. Purchases can be made at the store at 4/200 Hunter Street in Newcastle or via its etsy shop.
Twitch and Stitch
Twitch and Stitch is selling handmade fabric face masks for $15 each or two for $25. The masks are washable and reusable with a number of different colours and patterns to choose from, including popular Harry Potter and Star Wars prints. To place an order, contact the team on Facebook.
Free local delivery to Warners Bay, Belmont, Swansea and surrounding areas with postage available for other areas.
Shelbys Accessories is now making reusable face masks. The cloth masks cost $10 each or can be purchased in bulk packs. For more information, or to make an order, visit the Shelbys Accessories website.
Warners Bay retailer Fashion Fish is now making reusable double layer face masks. The outer layer of the machine washable mask is chlorine proof. Masks are $15 each and come in a variety of sizes, colours and patterns.
Masks can be purchased online or in store. Go to the Fashion Fish website to order.
Sido Tailor is currently stocking reusable handmade face masks in an array of sizes. Visit its store at Jesmond Central to purchase. Cost is $5 each.
The team at Rundle Tailoring has been busy sewing reusable face masks. The masks are available in adult or children’s sizes in three layers.
The $20 mask is reversible, you can choose to wear either side as the front layer. It has a wire nose bar to ensure it fits snug to your face and has been designed with fabric ties as these allow for adjustment to your face without being uncomfortable on your ears. Orders can be made online.
Aussie retail giant Bonds is now selling reusable cloth face masks. The double layer masks can be washed up to 20 times. Masks can be purchased online or in store.
Creative Village Newcastle
Creative Village Newcastle, based at Charlestown Square, also sell reusable cloth face masks. They are all $20 each and triple layered. Some have wires in them, some have ear elastic, others have elastic over the back of the head.
Some tips for wearing a mask:
- When putting on a mask, you must wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on.
- Make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
- Do not touch it while it’s on and do not let it hang around your neck or under your nose.
- When taking off a face mask, wash and sanitise your hands and handle the mask by the ear loops or ties.
- Fold the outside corners together and, if reusable, store in a separate bag until you can take it home and wash it.
- After taking the mask off, you should wash or sanitise your hands again.