Preteen Sisters Become Entrepreneurs Through Bracelet Company
June 11, 2013 by SoWal Staff
Local preteen sisters, pictured above, Mackenzie (left) and Payton (right) Brundage are making handmade bracelets in the Sandestin area to inspire young adults to think positively. The sisters created the Peace. Passion. Positivity. inspirational bracelets for young girls to have simple, wearable reminders to take pride in themselves, spread positivity and proudly display their own uniqueness.
Mackenzie, 12, and Payton, 10, started to make the bracelets in elementary school after Mackenzie won a speech competition entitled “what to say when you talk to yourself.” In doing so, she learned about the power of speaking and thinking positively, and she realized that the “power of thoughts becoming things.” Mackenzie began to live by this motto and wanted to share this positive empowerment with her fellow peers. Shortly after winning her speech competition, Mackenzie made her first bracelet with a charm that read “be yourself.” The sisters began to sell their handmade bracelets in Mermaids Boutique in Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Right away, the boutique was selling over 100 bracelets per week.
For $10.00, the fun and trendy stretch bracelets are handmade and braided with bright, positives colors and a charm is attached. The idea is for girls ages 4-16 to collect the charms that show what their passions are. Charms include positive messages, sports, hobbies and favorite animals.
Since its inception, the sisters have sold over 20,000 Peace. Passion. Positivity. inspirational bracelets nationwide and currently sell the bracelets at 163 different stores. The bracelets are sold in both retail and wholesales stores nationwide at travel and resort locations. They’ve had the most success in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana.
The Brundage sisters attend regional markets to showcase Peace.Passion.Positivity. bracelets line themselves. Through the creation of this jewelry line, the sisters have developed a great, diligent work ethic. Mackenzie and Payton are learning the ins and outs of the business world and how to successfully run their own business. They have also developed great, lifelong skills, such as public speaking, throughout the process.
A portion of all of Peace. Passion. Positivity. proceeds go toward three local nonprofits: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Food for Thought and Children’s Advocacy Center. The Brundage sisters strongly believe in helping out local charities and hope to make a difference in other children’s lives. Through volunteer work and donations, these young girls are actively making a difference in their community. The hardworking sisters use the rest of the proceeds to save for their college education fund.
Bracelets can be purchased at local stores and online at www.myfunbracelets.com. For more information, please visit Peace. Passion. Positivity’s. Facebook page, email info@myfunbracelets, or by phone 850-217-0534.