Wink & Flip
Many of my peers look at my business success and think it was some kind of wizardry that got me to where I am now. It’s true that I’m 21 years old, have a thriving fashion jewelry business, a website (struggling), accounts with boutiques, and my products in magazines like Teen Vogue. But my success did not come overnight.
I began with a table in the basement of a church in Queens, NY where I live. Then I added one more church. At the holidays I tried to be at a church flea market on every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to December 25th. Most times my mother came with me because she wanted to look out for me. I was handling a lot but I was still only 15 and dealing mostly with adults.
It was a lot of hard work. Sometimes the event was not well publicized and the only customers I had were the people who wandered in after a church mass. But I stuck with it. I learned to give change, make m