Quirks Consignment Shop

1011926_563615463677925_1922004562_nI have considered selling some of my creations on Etsy but it just never seemed worth it to me ( for those who don’t know, you have to pay to post your items and then people may never even see your store). Then towards the end of my sophomore year I started hearing rumors that some students were trying to start a small business selling homemade art. I returned from Jordan that summer and the business was actually becoming a real thing! Four seniors won Mizzou’s entrepreneur contest to start their own business in a small space in the student center, thus began Quirks Consignment Shop. I applied and became one of the first 70 artists employed by Quirks.

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Natalie Cheng, Kate Gallagher, Devin Kelsey, and Zach Beattie


It was so great doing a hobby I enjoy and getting paid for it! These folks ran a great little business that had an impressive social media following and quirky discounts/promotionals. If you came in with a parking ticket you got a discount and they even got Chancellor Loftin to teach people in the student center how to tie a bow-tie. 1011627_599042176801920_2125512667_n

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They featured artists almost every week to showcase the student artists behind all the store items. I got featured for my string arts.

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I was one of 5 other people that made over $500 in sales as well!

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upcycled tshirt headbands

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old Mizzou t-shirts upcycled into pillows

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I was asked to do lots of custom designs but I was asked by some Mizzou bureaucrat to make a string art for a visiting lecturer — Elizabeth Smart. When she was 14 she was abducted from her home and now she is an activist and journalist speaking out about human trafficking and sexual predator legislation.

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Sadly, the store only lasted a year as all the founders/owners were graduating. Now the space has transformed into Interlude Music where students are supporting student musicians. I haven’t made as many crafts since then and I’m not sure where to turn if I’d want to sell my creations, but it was still a great experience and I miss those quirky kids!

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