Just Bead It

Liana Lopez

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February 14, 2019

Photo by Dante Motley

Amanda of “Amanda’s Accessories” showing of her product.

Amanda Castellanos (10) started her business, “Amanda’s Accessories”, in March of 2019.  Her products are handmade, and consists of anklets, necklaces, and bracelets.  She uses social media to advertise her products.

They are very easy to make, and her most expensive item is only $10.

“It takes about 10 minutes to make a braided accessory, 15 minutes for a beaded accessory, and no more than a day for the more intricate items,” Castellanos said.

She started this business because it is to find a job at 15.

“I needed a source of income, and because it is so hard to find a job around here.  I decided to start my own business producing items that are easy and fun for me to make,” Castellanos said.

She has been inspired by other students running their own businesses.

“I’ve been wanting to do this since my freshman year, but was too nervous to bring that type of attention to myself.  However, recently some of my friends started businesses of their own, which gave me the inspiration and confidence to begin Amanda’s Accessories,” Castellanos said.

Business is booming, people love her products.

“Amanda is such a nice and understanding person.  It’s easy to purchase items from her and I’m never disappointed,” Breannah Luce (9) said.

Some even purchase them as gifts.

“My girlfriend loves personalized, handmade jewelry.  So, when a friend introduced me to Amanda’s Accessories I knew I had to buy her something.  She was very happy with the gift and wears it daily,” William Fievre (11) said.

Amanda’s Accessories is prospering and she has no plans to stop selling anytime soon.