Teens selling jewelry at fair

Published 10:21 am Friday, August 10, 2012

Cheyanne Williams, left, and Sarah Thorpe stand at their booth at the Franklin Southampton County Fair. -- Brian Whitt | Tidewater News


COURTLAND—Southampton High School students Sarah Thorpe, 18, and Cheyanne Williams, 16, have turned a summer hobby into a business opportunity.

Thorpe started making jewelry over the summer for herself and decided to sell some online via Facebook.

She also rented a booth at the Franklin-Southampton County Fair, where she will attempt to sell her creations when the fair continues from 4 to 11 p.m. today, Aug. 10, and 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, on New Market Road, Courtland.

Thorpe gets her materials for her jewelry from antique stores and other places. She likes using beads, feathers and charms to make duo bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

“I do this for fun, not for the money,” she said.

Thorpe says her jewelry costs three to four times less than retail, with pieces starting at $5. She enjoys her new hobby, but doesn’t see a career in it.