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Bernie Sanders meme helps boost local woman's business

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 22, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “It looks like Bernie’s gonna help my business out," retired executive director of the SPCA of Erie County Barbara Carr said.

She owns a business called BCycles, where she takes recycled clothing and turns them into cashmere and wool mittens.

“They’re great for dog walking. They’re great for snow shoveling," she said.

And over the past two days, many of her friends have been wanting them.

That's all because of the viral meme of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wearing wool gloves at the 46th presidential inauguration.

“I got lots of emails and what have you saying, you didn’t tell me you made Bernie mittens," Carr said.

She didn’t. But hers look very similar to Senator Sanders'.

“I think his mittens are almost exactly what I make as well. You know they’re cut from old wool sweaters, and lined with a nice soft cushiony thing. And, they’re super, super warm," she said.

Carr sells her mitten to customers like Bernie, hoping to help others stay warm, while helping the earth at the same time.

“We need to take care of the earth. We can’t keep throwing away tons and tons and tons of material every year," she said.

To purchase a pair of mittens from Barbara Carr, give her a call at 716-609-2428.