Small Business Feature

by SOPHIA DUGAN '22

What is your name and what is the name of your business?

I’m Caitlyn Hyland and my business is Violet’s Bijoux (@chyla527 on depop)


What kinds of products do you sell?

Jewelry :)


What do you do with the proceeds?

I save the proceeds to buy more supplies and for savings for the future.


How long have you been running your business?

Since quarantine started.


Why did you start your business?

I wanted to make jewelry that wasn’t something you would find in typical stores. I also wanted to explore jewelry making/fashion as an art form because I typically do drawing and painting.


How much work do you put into your business?

On average, 5 hours goes into making a batch of jewelry.


What is the most unexpected, funny, or amazing thing that has come out of your business?

My first batch of jewelry were 4 earrings that had flowers and resin in them. I posted them as a test on depop to see if people would buy them and they sold out in a day!


Is there anything else you’d like people to know about your business?

Everything is customizable if you contact me! If you see something sold out let me know and I can try my best to get more supplies and create the same type of product in a timely fashion!

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What is your name and what is the name of your business?

My name is Mya Nguyen and my business is called Hands & Paws.


What kinds of products do you sell?

I sell stickers, scrunchies, earrings, and seed bead bracelets and necklaces.


What do you do with the proceeds?

I use my proceeds to help myself and others get money for buying service puppies and getting proper training.


How long have you been running your business?

I’ve owned my business since March of 2020.


Why did you start your business?

I started my business when I realized how much service dog training can be. For in person training for what I have, it can cost upwards of $50,000.


How much work do you put into your business?

I put about three hours a week into my business, depending on how many orders I receive.


What is the most unexpected, funny, or amazing thing that has come out of your business?

I've been able to share tons of silly photos of my service puppy online!


Is there anything else you’d like people to know about your business?

I also use my accounts to spread information about disabling mental illnesses and the difference between ESAs, therapy dogs, and service animals!

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What is your name and what is the name of your business?

I’m Katie Neeb and I own Queen City Thrift (instagram handle: @queencitythrift)


What kinds of products do you sell?

Thrifted clothing of all sizes and styles.


What do you do with the proceeds?

Save them for college and for new inventory.


How long have you been running your business?

Since March 2020


Why did you start your business?

My mom and I have always loved thrifting, and I wanted toa create a way for people from all over the US to buy my items. I also wanted to promote affordable second hand items so less people resort to the cheap fast fashion brands.


How much work do you put into your business?

6-8 hours per week.


What is the most unexpected, funny, or amazing thing that has come out of your business?

I have shipped to every state in the US and two countries (Canada and Mexico)!!!


Is there anything else you’d like people to know about your business?

  • I currently have 7.3k followers and my best selling items are Urban Outfitters and vintage items!

  • Every single item is found at a thrift store or second hand shop

  • I have sold sizes XXS-3XL

  • My sales are made from a bidding process: followers comment their bids until 24 hours is reached (and I message the winner)