When the pandemic hit, celebrations, and the need for flowers, slowed down a bit. But local florist extraordinaire Debbie Turner made a pivot that has created quite a stir. She started making face masks that are selling out to The Sound of Music fans everywhere. As one of the stars of the original film, the former Marta Von Trapp had the wherewithal to create masks made from fabric that is a complete replica of the curtain fabric from the original movie. The curtains have an extra special role in the film because Julie Andrews used the fabric to make matching outfits for all of the children.
All of a sudden, Sound of Music fans want to get their hands on these face masks. Debbie didn’t know how popular the masks would be. She told us, “I started making a few and put them online on social media. The idea was well received and I had orders before I was able to finalize the set up on my web page. I figured they would be well received, so I made sure I had about 50 pieces ready to go before attempting to sell them. All of a sudden on October 6th I got a big jump in orders.” And luckily, the orders don’t seem to be slowing down, “I started to get tons of orders coming through, to the point where I could watch the emails for sale clicking every few seconds.”
One of the best parts of this story is that other original cast members (Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta, Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich, and Duane Chase, who played Kurt) took to social media to promote wearing face masks using Turner’s new products.
The floral green and white masks are available on Turner’s website. Keep checking back if your size is sold out, as she’s constantly making new ones, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with demand. Scarves and throw pillows are also in the works. For more on Debbie, click here.