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Gail Ahlers sported quite the hat at Saturday’s Hope Artiste Village event, with all the proceeds benefitting The Empowerment Factory. (Photo by Erica Moser/The Times)

PAWTUCKET — Brittany Vellturo eyed a small pillow featuring a vintage picture of a blonde, rosy-cheeked, bare-chested woman, covered only by a thick yellow ribbon. Gail Ahlers encouraged her to smell it.

“She’s gorgeous AND she smells good!” Vellturo, 23, said enthusiastically after sniffing the pillow. According to the tag, it’s filled with herbs and flowers and love and lavender and happiness.

Debating whether or not to buy the pillow, she considered coming back later and if the pillow was still there, it was “meant to be.” Ahlers did not create this pillow, but having sold her own designs for more than 25 years, she is a skilled saleswoman. With a red heart ornament thrown in for free, Vellturo bought the pillow on the spot.

This was one of many hand-designed, vintage and whimsical items sold at The Empowerment Factory’s first flea market, held Saturday at Hope Artiste Village. All proceeds benefit the Factory, which Ahlers described as a “community learning space.”

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