Today we’d like to introduce you to Lacie Young.
Lacie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
When I was 19, I started my first business with a direct sales company. A few years later I left that company and started my own from scratch.
I had several ladies who worked for me doing parties, but after my divorce and the changing industry, I quit doing parties and started with a new direct sales company where I sold at live events.
I started doing street fairs and festivals and I added a really cool patented product for my boys to sell. I knew after my divorce I wanted to be home with my boys and teach them to work for themselves so they will always have skills they can fall back on later in life.
We were traveling the country doing these events for several years when Covid hit. I needed an outlet besides working the job I had picked up. I bought a bunch of tools and silverware and started flattening pennies for keychains, making jewelry and other cool stuff from vintage silverware.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I took my boys out of school and we traveled, they learned from experiences in things we saw, places we visited, and their history.
They are very smart boys, but not everyone agrees with the way I teach them. It’s a lot of hands-on work and some people don’t get it and understand being on the road as much as we were. Some either lived through our adventures and experiences or they struggled with how to have a relationship not knowing when we would be home again.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
There are lots of people who make jewelry and other stuff from vintage silverware but each of us puts our own twist on things. Since this was new to me, I couldn’t find or didn’t know what to call the wire parts for beads. so I looked at one I had bought and started wrapping my own.
I know there are lots of videos on YouTube, but I can’t sit and watch them, so I usually start on something and visualize it and keep at it until I get it the way I like it. One of my favorite parts is there isn’t a right or wrong and there is always someone for each piece I make.
Each piece means something special to each person. It may be a custom order that includes a date, initials, a phrase or even a pattern your grandma used when you were growing up. It’s the memories and smiles each piece brings others that I love.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Being determined. I break a lot of silverware, so it’s a good thing I don’t give up easily! The first show I took the jewelry to wasn’t very profitable, but I was determined to make it work and didn’t give up.
In my last show, I had one of my other products with me and they sold equal amounts. I was so excited. It is hard putting yourself out there, we are always more critical of ourselves and our work.
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