Student Turns Craft Into Business

Duct Tape Business

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School is nearly out for the summer and while most kids are excited for a break, one Mercer County student is looking forward to having more time to focus on her new business.

Eleven-year-old Hailey Rose turns rows and rows of colored and patterned duct tape into unique creations. She started out making bows and then branched out and began making bags. The bags are mostly made of duct tape with the rest constructed from recycled plastic.

“I went to my friend’s house and she had a garage sale, and I brought one of my bags, and I sold it there for $10,” said Rose.

The young entrepreneur pitched the business idea to her mom, Michele Redmond, and asked her to help with some marketing.

“I really thought it was nuts, and she asked me if I’d put it on Facebook. We sold four in the first hour,” said Redmond. “It’s gotten really big, really fast. The demand is quite high. We had five requests yesterday.”

Rose’s business is called Just Stick With Me and already it’s gotten pretty successful. The creations are selling faster than they can make them. One bag is headed all the way to California.

“She probably puts in 17 to 19 with school, and now I probably guess at least 24-30 a week.  If it continues how it is, we’ll probably be doing a lot more than that,” said Redmond.

Rose will be in sixth grade next year, and she is already thinking about the future. She said she is saving her earnings to put towards a college fund and wants to go to medical school at Yale to become a dentist or a doctor.

“It makes me extremely happy. I thought it was just going to be a small business, but it turned huge, people love it,” said Rose.

For her next project, Rose wants to make cases for electronic tablets.

“It’s still amazing to me, and I’m very proud of her, very proud of her,” said Redmond.

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