I 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.
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.
They featured artists almost every week to showcase the student artists behind all the store items. I got featured for my string arts.
I was one of 5 other people that made over $500 in sales as well!
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.
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!