Editor’s Note: Each month, the Sun-News is spotlighting a youth entrepreneur participating in the Cruces Kids Can — Jr. Vendor Program, a project meant to inspire and equip the youngest business people. Students’ participation entails showcasing and selling their goods from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces in the city’s downtown. While the COVID-19 pandemic currently prevents the students from selling at the market, their goods are still available through their online outlets.
Ayla & Elin Whiteley
Age: 11 and 7, respectively
Grade: Homeschooled, fifth- and second-grade, respectively
Business: Tile Style
Where did the idea come from?
We started making tiles when the pandemic first started. We homeschool, so for our art class last year we started doing art with tiles. We experimented with using alcohol inks and found that it was super cool. So we decided to turn it into a business.
Describe your products:
We make decorative tiles with alcohol ink. We also make magnets using various sizes of tiles.
How long does it take to make your products?
It depends on the tile. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes and some other times it can take 5 minutes or less depending on what we are doing.
Describe your process:
Ayla: We put rubbing alcohol on a tile if you want the ink to spread. If you don’t we just put ink on the tile. Then we help the ink or solution spread to make our design. Our magnets are quick because they don’t take a lot of ink. But we never know how it will turn out. We then look at our background and then we put stickers on the tile to make a design.
Elin: With some of our tiles, we put them in frames. We stain the frames and glue in the tiles. All of our tiles are finished with resin and our mom helps us with the pouring. We also make magnets. We have letter ones or cute little magnets with cute stickers.
What are the prices of your products?
- Tiny letter magnets: $0.50
- Rock Tile Magnets: $1.00
- Framed 4×4’s/Framed Hexagons: $12.00
- 3×6 Hanging: $8
- 2×4 Hanging: $4
- Mobiles: $15
If I am interested in your products, how do I contact you?
We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tilestylesistersquad
How long have you been involved with Kids Can?
We have been involved for over a year, but we became official Jr. Vendors this summer.
What is your favorite part about being a Jr. Vendor?
Ayla: I like to earn money.
Elin: I love selling to customers. It’s so fun.
April Christensen is the founder of the Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program at Community Action Agency. For more information, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-680-6766.
More Jr. Vendors:
Era and Jax Cannon tap desert resources for product line
Cora Richardson, 12, makes and sells crocheted ‘critters’ at market
Elise Craig, 11, makes and sells slap bracelets made of duct tape
Samantha Schirmer sells slime at farmers market
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