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Turn Your Crafts Into Cash

Teen artisans find creative ways to sell their wares.

This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

(YoungBiz.com) - When he was 13, Kenny Kirkpatrick made an impulse purchase that lead to a thriving business for the now 20-year-old. "I saw an ad in a woodworking catalog for kits to make pens," he explains. "I just tried it for fun and then got really involved."

Kirkpatrick, who is from Wood River, Nebraska, was already well on his way to a career when he ordered the kit, having taken woodworking as part of a local 4-H program. Within two years of the fateful purchase, he had earned $1,000 in profits from pen sales and expanded his line to include wooden tree ornaments, key chains, magnifying glasses and letter openers.

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