Christmas sheer! Seniors sell handmade clothes at Ridge market

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This Christmas, you might be getting socks from someone else’s grandma.

Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults rang in the approaching holiday season with a one-stop shop full of gifts made by patrons on Nov. 10.

Members of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults’ quilting, knitting, crochet, and jewelry groups sold their creations alongside a selection of baskets from Michael DiShiavi’s Le Bella Baskets.

It was a professional debut for some of the aged artisans, one crafter said.

“This is the first time I’ve ever sold my blankets, it was an experience for me” said Patricia Johnston, who has been crocheting for more than 50 years.

The Bay Ridge Center’s crochet teacher showed off her baby and lap blankets for the dozen people who attended.

One booth was so successful that it sold $100 worth of handcrafted jewelry, Johnston said.

Although attendance numbers were low — something an organizer attributes to the weekday blues — Bay Ridge Center members were still grateful for the chance to exhibit their achievements.

“It gave them an opportunity to show off and display the work they’ve accomplish­ed,” said Todd Fliedner, who was in charge of putting on the event.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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