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Monthly Entrepreneur: Annabel Feeny, Owner of The Wool and The Wearer

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Annabel Feeny, age 11, crochets wearable, warm products for all ages through her business The Wool and The Wearer.

Annabel Feeny is the 11-year-old seamstress behind The Wool and The Wearer.  After crocheting a blanket for her cousin, she decided that she could turn her hobby into a business that creates wearable and warm products for all ages!  A week-long summer camp at Young Americans Center helped her get started, and she sold her first products at a school market last fall.  Learn more about Annabel below and watch her segment on Colorado & Company!

Question: Tell me a little bit about you – name, age, how long you’ve been an entrepreneur.

Answer: My name is Annabel Feeny, and I’m 11.  I have been crocheting for two years.  My first piece was a blanket for my cousin Luke.  Last Christmas (in 2018), I made a number of hats, baskets and bags for family members, and everyone really liked them.  I started selling my creations in September of 2019 at my school’s night market.

Q: How can people find your business? Do you have a website?

A: I do not have a website yet, but I do plan to start an Etsy shop in the next few months.  The way I sell is either at markets, at my middle school or through the Young Americans Center YouthBiz Marketplace.  If you would like to purchase a product from me, you can contact Maite Wantwadi, YouthBiz Director: mwantwadi@yacenter.org.

Q: What motivated or inspired you to start a business?

A: I really enjoy crocheting and as I made items for people, everyone said ‘you could sell these things, you know…’ So, I decided to start selling hats, scarves, baskets and blankets.

Q: Please share an overview about your business.

A: My business is currently called ‘The Wool and The Wearer.’  It focuses on creating wearable and warm products for everyone.  I also make baskets, which are great for storing hats & gloves.

Q: What makes your business unique?

A: It seems that most people who think of knitting and crocheting think of older people – and that it’s sort of a stereotype.  But the fact that I’m only 11 and I can make high quality items makes it pretty unique. My items are customizable too, which also makes it unique.

Q: Tell us about some of the challenges you face being a young business owner.

A: One of the challenges is balancing the cost of the yarn while trying to make a high-quality product with trying to make money.  I have to be careful about not buying yarn that is too expensive or overpriced.  Otherwise, I won’t make a profit.

Q: Why should other youth start a business?

A: I think people think of entrepreneurs as adults. If a child starts a business it shows other people that kids are just a capable as adults.    Also, you can start small.  I started at my school’s night market to see if what I was selling was interesting to people.  It turns out that it was, which gave me confidence to continue making things to sell.

Q: Please share your involvement with YouthBiz.

A: I sold items at a YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace in Lakewood this past December (2019).

Q: What was your experience in summer camp? What are some things that you learned?

I did a summer camp at Young Americans Center in the summer of 2019 called “Just Start It” to better understand how to set up a business.  I learned about how to properly price your items – thinking about how much time it takes me to make something and what is the cost of the yarn.  I also learned a little bit about taxes and that I have to account for taxes when I sell items.

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