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Crafting her way to a small business

Hilton’s Jessie Zunckel

Orders roll in for Hilton youngster

By Nerissa Card

Not being one for once-offs, Hilton’s Jessie Zunckel has turned a school market day idea into an ongoing business.

“As part of economic management studies, we had to come up with an idea, then take a stall at the market, where we sold our products,” says the Grade 7 Laddsworth pupil.

“We had to partner with a classmate, but because my class had an odd number, I opted to go on my own.

“We could do anything, as long as it wasn’t too crazy. I thought crafts would interest people, so I made little DIY craft packs.”


Jessie came up with ideas for a variety of different items, including pin-cushion hearts, keyrings, paracord bracelets, clips and even catapults.

“I figured girls are not the only ones who like to do crafts, hence the catapult.”

Her “catties” were such a hit that the school’s Grade 5s bought them to use at a science fair.

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The bags come with all the materials needed, as well as instructions on how to put together the particular item contained therein. There’s also an easy-peasy scale, which indicates the level of difficulty in constructing the products.

Facebook page

Since market day, Jessie has set up a Facebook page, which she uses to advertise her wares and take orders.

“I get orders via the page and through word of mouth. It takes me about an hour to put a pack together and they cost between R7 and R30.”

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Going forward, Jessie plans to sell her craft bags at markets, but is too busy with school commitments right now.

“I will be able to do that from the end of the year because I am going to be home-schooled from next year, so I will have more time. I want to extend the range further to include crochet and knitting packs as well.

“I have also thought about putting them into shops.”

As far as the money side of the business goes, Jessie has everything written down, balancing her books regularly.

And when she is not juggling her finances and all her other commitments, she enjoys running, playing the piano, reading, ballet, mountain biking and horseriding.

• This column is sponsored by The Midmar Group


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