Back in March of 2020, wearing a face mask every day seemed foreign and strange—with many of us making our own face coverings or purchasing a box of disposable masks to wear again and again. But now that we’ve been in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic for the better part of six months, wearing a mask has just become a part of our daily routine. And, after the state-wide mask mandate, it looks like face masks will continue to be necessary for quite some time.
Luckily, over the past six months, many local businesses and creative Ann Arborites have been crafting cute and trendy face masks you’ll actually like wearing! So if you’re tired of the plain old mask you’ve been wearing since March or are finally ready to invest in a high-quality facial covering, look no further. These local businesses and Etsy makers have you covered—literally.
The A2 Farmers’ Market is a destination for everything local. Selling everything from locally grown produce and freshly baked goods to handmade and artisan items, their wide range of vendors have it all—and that includes locally made face masks! Visit during a market day and peruse the market for multiple vendors selling adorable, handcrafted masks. If you don’t feel like shopping in person, the farmers’ market is also offering pre-order curbside pickup. Just scroll through this list of vendors—many of which are selling face masks right now—and offerings and place your order to be picked up 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on all market days.
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Verbena is a local boutique selling cute women’s clothing, accessories, swimwear, jewelry and high-quality face masks! They have face masks in a wide variety of colors and patterns with stretchy bands that fit comfortably around your ears. Many of their masks are marked with a special “Buy One, Give One” tag and if you purchase one of those, Verbena will donate a mask to a front-line worker or a patient. Click here to explore their current online offerings or head to their store in person to pick one out!
For whimsical goodies and gifts, don’t miss Catching Fireflies, an adorable shop in the heart of A2. In addition to their usual offerings of unique home decor and other items, they are currently selling face masks for people of all ages! Each of their masks is made out of cotton, reversible, easy to wear, and comes in a variety of bright colors and patterns that your family will love. Stop in and buy a few the next time you get a chance, along with a few interesting puzzles, games, clothing and more.
For handmade goods in Dexter, there’s no better place to go than Ruby’s Makery! Not only do they teach you how to make interesting things yourself, but they also sell a variety of hand-sewed goodies—including face masks. Right now, they are selling handmade-to-order masks that are available in three sizes and include a filter pocket and a nose wire sleeve. Each is 100% cotton or flannel and can be washed by hand. Click here to get started on your order.
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The Little Seedling began with cloth diapers, so it’s no surprise that they are one of the best places in Ann Arbor to get comfortable, cloth face coverings for children! They have a wide selection of both children and adult face masks in a variety of colors, patterns and styles. They also have face mask extenders for those who struggle with sensitive skin behind their ears! Click here to start shopping—you can order online and have it shipped directly to you or you can pick your masks up curbside at their Ann Arbor location.
Caravan Gift Shop has been serving the Ann Arbor area for more than 90 years, having been a fixture in Nichols Arcade since 1927. They sell unique and interesting gifts and jewelry from artisan jewelers from all across the country. Their eclectic blend of merchandise makes the Caravan a place where you can always find something new and exciting. Lately, they’ve been selling face masks in addition to all their normal inventory. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with all their latest styles and colors or stop by whenever you get a chance—they’ve outfitted their window with a mask display that is sure to catch your eye!
Rock Paper Scissors has been one of our favorite shops this year, from their massive selection of puzzles that helped get us through self-isolation to their funny greeting cards that make great surprises for friends. And if you’re on the hunt for cute face masks—you’ve come to the right place! They have a wide offering of facial coverings in a variety of colors, styles and patterns for adults and children. Click here to start shopping.
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This quirky Ypsilanti shop is one of our favorite places for unique gifts, toys, clothing and more. So it goes without saying that when we’re in need of an eccentric face mask, Unicorn Feed Supply is our first stop. You’ll love their selection of fun, colorful face masks and coverings—especially their windowed ones that allow for lip-reading, smiling and more.
Trendy Tz is a local personalized jewelry and gift Etsy shop that handmakes custom pieces for customers all over the world! They’ve recently started selling face masks, which you can get customized with your name, funny sayings and anything else you would ever want to say on your mask. Each of their custom masks cost $11.69 and take about 4–7 business days to ship.
No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll be able to find a mask with a pattern just for you at Karen’s Collection on Etsy! This Ypsilanti Etsy shop has hundreds of handmade masks for sale in a ton of different patterns, from sunflowers and butterflies to cats and even limes. And if you’re looking for masks for your kiddo, Karen has your back!
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Local buyers have been raving about Kim Needham’s face masks—and for a good reason. These high-quality face masks come in a plethora of interesting patterns and colors and have adjustable elastic cording so you can make it fit your face perfectly.
If you’re looking for a mask that showcases some Michigan pride—check out this colorful Michigan-themed mask from The Pure Michigander, a local Ann Arbor Etsy seller! While shop owner Clair Kerk only has one mask style for sale on her shop at the moment, the massive success of her Michigan mask could cause her to add more. Make sure to favorite her shop to stay updated on all her future additions.
Soft Spot by Lian has been selling beautiful and comfortable Minky Blankets, bibs and more that have garnered rave reviews since 2019. So we aren’t surprised that her handmade face masks are just as comfortable and well-made! Reviewers love her bright and charming masks, especially this Wolverine-themed mask just in case you wanted to show off a little #BluePride when out and about.
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Discover Mas is an artisanal Mexican clothing shop based in Ypsilanti selling clothes, ponchos, guayaberas, rebozos, scarves, jewelry and now—face masks! Katie Marie, Discover Mas’ owner, creates stunning hand-embroidered face masks that you will absolutely love. Each of her masks is a beautiful work of art that we’re happy to wear every single day. Click here to start shopping her impressive selection!
Put a Mask on It!
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. Do you know of any local mask makers/destinations that we missed? Tell us all about them in the comments below!