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Turn Your Crafts Into Cash

Teen artisans find creative ways to sell their wares.

By Amy Fennell Christian • Nov 1, 2002

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(YoungBiz.com) - When he was 13, Kenny Kirkpatrick madean impulse purchase that lead to a thriving business for the now20-year-old. "I saw an ad in a woodworking catalog for kits tomake pens," he explains. "I just tried it for fun andthen got really involved."

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

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