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Arcadia girls stick with their duct
Two Arcadia sixth graders make the lemonade stand a thing of the past as they enter into their third year of running a small online business selling duct tape purses.
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That was when the idea hit them. They had been experimenting with wallets, and it hadn't quite worked, but when they made their first purse, it just clicked.
The girls click in much the same way. They often finish each other's sentences as they spin around the room answering questions. They met in preschool, and both say they knew from the beginning that they wanted to start a business together.
Things started out small. Sarah and Grace bought colored duct tape from craft stores and learned to compare price and quality. They began to sell the purses to friends, and things got serious when Moments Salon of Phoenix placed an order. The duo set up a website to handle requests, and these days they buy duct tape in bulk.
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"I usually come up with the quotes," Grace said. "However, Sarah still retains veto power."
Perhaps that is part of what makes this business partnership successful.
They readily admit to their strengths and weaknesses.
"It took about 21/2 hours to make the site," Sarah said.
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"Every time we make one, we get better," Grace said.
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They know they won't sell everywhere, so when they see a potential buyer they go for it.
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The purses take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour and a half to make and range from $10 to $30. The product line includes bows, bangles and wine bags, all made from 100 percent duct tape. So far they have sold around $1,000 worth of purses.
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Even so, that doesn't keep them from setting their sights high. They want to branch out and hope to see their merchandise selling in New York City shops one day.
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