ST. ALBANS –– “Over the head. One twist. Done.”
Pam Cross is demonstrating how to put on an infinity scarf – the fashionable, popular, closed-loop ladies’ scarf that is typically made of flexible fabric (such as polyester-based materials, over cotton) and Pam’s scarves are designed as an accessory.
“Infinity scarves are super easy to put on and can turn a simple T-shirt into a stunning outfit,” Pam said. “Pop one over a T-shirt and transform your look with a blitz of color.”
Pam’s Hillside Terrace residence in St. Albans is home base for Infinity Scarves by Pam, a business she launched in February as a way to share the growing inventory of infinity scarves she had amassed as a way to heal after a life-changing event.
“For me finding something that brings joy, like making these beautiful scarves, is an important part of being healthy,” Pam said.
Pam’s target audience for her infinity scarves is women ages 25 to 55, but she will make custom pieces for any customer. Her pieces stand out because they are easy to wear and economical, ranging in price from $10 to $13, making them excellent, inexpensive gifts. Pam has scarves available in more than 100 different fabrics, solid and print.
To date, house parties have been Pam’s most successful avenue for selling her infinity scarves. She has also been a vendor at a trio of craft shows and is mulling a presence at farmers markets for this and future seasons.
Pam would also like to sell her scarves at local businesses and has an inventory of about 300 scarves ready for stores. She can produce about 25 scarves a day in her upstairs production room at home.
“If somebody said, ‘I need a hundred next week,’ I could do it for them,” Pam said.
Pam is also offering herself for product showings at local businesses and companies. Kristine Stell, owner of a St. Albans ReMax realty office, recently opened her business to Pam; the event was successful for both.
“I would like to expand on that model,” Pam said.
Pam’s love story with sewing goes back to her childhood in St. Albans. For her wedding to her husband, Peter, she made: her dress, her mother’s dress and two bridesmaids’ dresses. She is also making her future daughter-in-law’s wedding dress.
In 2013, Pam retired as health promotions manager at Northwestern Medical Center (NMC), after being a registered nurse at the hospital for 38 years. She actually started working at the St. Albans hospital when she was 16, in the kitchen.
“Retirement gave me the opportunity to see what else I wanted to do with my career and life,” Pam said.
Late last year, Pam sustained complications during hand surgery that would leave her diaphragm partially paralyzed. Her entire world changed, she said.
She discovered infinity scarves while shopping with a friend in Middlebury. She bought some fabric, and started making them with bright colors, as a way to fend off winter blues.
After the scarves piled up, Pam’s husband joked: “Before we need a storage facility, would you mind selling these?” She plans to enjoy making new infinity scarves while selling her current inventory privately and via retail avenues.
“If you don’t wear scarves, think about buying one for a friend, co-worker or family member as a gift, or even a hostess gift when invited over for dinner,” Pam said. “You would make the recipient’s day! Purchase a few for those last minute gifts you don’t have time to shop for.”
Pam is also making her scarf inventory available for school and community fundraisers.
“I look forward to hearing from folks interested in scheduling a house party or working on a fundraiser,” Pam said.