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Meet Olivia Hayes: Young Entrepreneur Finding Herself Through Art

By Alicia Banks
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 7 year old Olivia Hayes is a vendor with Southern Roots Trading Co. in Hope Mills. The shop has a space showcasing Olivia’s works, including necklaces she creates for American Girl dolls and water-painted greeting cards.

The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Olivia Hayes sat quietly on her knees as she leaned over a tablecloth decorated in leaves the morning of April 5. On the cloth were pink-handled pliers of different sizes and necklaces made of colored balls and chain. Nearby were piles of charms — cameras, owls, lady bugs and feathers.

The 7-year-old spends some of her mornings making the necklaces inside her Fort Bragg home on Sands Street. The jeweled necklaces aren’t for Olivia to wear. They’re for the popular American Girl dolls.

By 10 a.m., she made more than 10 necklaces and a pair of earrings with jewels shaped like dewdrops.

“I have six American Girl dolls,” Olivia said with a smile. She looked at a necklace she made with an owl and a feather. “Although it doesn’t match, it reminded me of the nice weather when I would stand outside and watch the birds fly when I lived in Florida.”

The necklaces she makes are available for purchase.

Olivia, a homeschool student, is a vendor with Southern Roots Trading Co. in Hope Mills. The shop has a space showcasing Olivia’s works, including the necklaces for the American Girl dolls and water-painted greeting cards. Olivia sells her items — necklaces are $5 each — under the name “Liv & Pip,” a nod to her and her younger sister, Penelope.

She also plans to make and sell purses made out of colorful duct tape for the American Girl dolls. She also wants to add water-colored envelopes to her vending space at the shop on Legion Road. So far, Olivia is in her second month as a vendor and has sold two necklaces. She rents her space for $5.

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