Colorful canopies and white tables decorated Kim Salce’s front lawn as neighbors and community members bought and sold homemade trinkets at the Fall/Winter Neighborhood Boutique Saturday on Canyon View Drive in the small residential area of Foxglen La Verne.
Eighteen local vendors showcased their products, including knitted goods, beauty products and jewelry, at the boutique which followed up on the success of the first boutique in July.
Salce is co-founder of the boutique, with Jovanna Herrera.
“(The first boutique) was a hit,” Herrera said. “We had a lot of neighbors who came in, mingled, talked and got to know each other, because a lot of people don’t even know who their neighbors are.”
Herrera had her own table set up where she sold handmade wreaths.
Many vendors own businesses and are members of Moms Offering Moms Support of Glendora, a nonprofit organization that provides support, encouragement and friendship to mothers living in Azusa and Glendora.
There was no vendor fee at the first boutique in July, but Herrera said she and Salce decided to have a vendor fee of $20 this time to fundraise for the City of Hope National Medical Center.
“All of us have been touched by cancer in bad ways, have lost loved one too soon, and so that is why we decided to donate to the City of Hope for cancer research,” Herrera said.
Salce’s husband had kidney cancer, and Salce said she wanted to help raise money because his doctors sued the City of Hope.
Salce is also a spokeswoman for Nerium, a company that specializes in anti-aging skin care products, and had her own table at the boutique.
Herrera and Salce are active members of Nextdoor, a social network site for neighborhoods, and wanted a way for their neighbors to socialize.
Members can chat and help one another plan community events, keep an eye out for suspicious activity, hire babysitters and more.
They came up with the idea of a boutique for local businesses to sell their products and advertised the event on the site and Facebook.
“We thought it would be fun if in the summer we had a little boutique for the neighbors to get to know each other,” Salce said.
Azusa resident Rachel Jorgensen decided to attend the boutique after hearing about the first one from a friend and decided to bring her handmade products.
Jorgensen has been working with yarn since middle school and now hand-spins yarn and makes decorations for her business Girl Meets Spindle.
“The yarn for some reason sparks personal stories for people,” Jorgensen said. “I feel like everybody has a relative who used to do something like this, so it sparks that familiarness.”
She intertwines the yarn by feeding strands of colored silk or wool to a wooden spinning wheel.
“I went to school for fashion design and I learned how to spin,” Jorgensen said. “For me, it’s like a whole process; I pride myself in knowing the entire process from animal to piece of clothing.”
Herrera said there are plans for more neighborhood boutiques in the future.
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