Paula Lowry surely possesses the DNA of a saleswoman.


Paula Lowry surely possesses the DNA of a saleswoman.



Get her talking about the Semper Fi Sisters, the non-profit’s mission and the Marketplace which is a key part of every Beach Blast Packing Party and Lowry can’t contain the enthusiasm.



“It feels so good to be part of an organization you feel so passionate about,” Lowry said of the Semper Fi Sisters, for which she is co-founder and vice president.



Lowry’s primary task in preparation for this year’s Beach Blast is the composition of the Marketplace, which will be open 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Centennial Building while the sisters are packing Boxes of Love.



The Marketplace is where locals and those joining the Semper Fi Sisters on this Beach Blast to sell their wares in support of the mission the Semper Fi Sisters have carved out for themselves.



“We are in the background, but we are here to support our troops who support us. They are our heroes.”



The Marketplace is open to the public and many of the 6-foot tables the ladies reserve will be operated by the loved ones, wives, daughters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, of deployed members of the military.



“It is a nice way to get a chance to meet and talk to some of the ladies,” Lowry said. “And everything goes back into our mission, to support those who support us.”



The Marketplace, Lowry said, will offer a vast array of homemade and handmade items, from crocheted slippers to zany scarves to candles, jewelry, quilts, blankets, cookbooks and more and more.



“A lot of the ladies make their own,” Lowry said. “We just put the word out and we got a great response this year.



“This is a nice way to give back.”