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Students use hobbies to turn profit

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Freshman Brooklyn Stara began crocheting when she was 11 years old after learning from a friend and got involved in craft fairs in the seventh grade, she said. 

Some students dedicate their time to a hobby and have found their efforts paying off as well.

Freshman Brooklyn Stara spends much of her time crocheting. She makes hats, ear warmers, gloves, fingerless gloves, leg warmers and necklaces. For Stara, this is not just a recreational hobby. Stara explains that she participates in “several craft fairs every year” where she sells her creations for money.

Stara was taught all she knows by her friend when she was 11 and started to get involved in craft fairs in seventh grade.

“Once I learned, I really enjoyed doing it and kept with it,” she said. “My mom has helped me a lot with the craft fairs, and once she realized it was something I really liked doing and could make a lot of stuff with it, she started to help me book craft fairs to make some money.”

With years of experience, Stara is no rookie on the Nebraska craft scene.

“I first started craft fairs when I was in the seventh grade and began with only one every year, but by my senior year of high school, I had about 15 craft fairs over a three-month span. I continued to do the craft fairs as a freshman in college, and I did about 15 this year too,” Stara said.

Stara is not the only one turning her hobbies into profit. Freshman Parker Hansen buys and collects Supreme (a clothing line) brand apparel and later sells the items once their value rises.

Hansen explains that he “was influenced by artists who would wear Supreme and have Supreme accessories in their videos.”

It did not take Hansen long to start buying what he saw in the videos.

“I started purchasing Supreme because I saw the opportunity to make some extra money doing something I truly enjoy,” he says.

Both Stara and Hansen found that it takes a lot of time to turn a hobby into a money-making opportunity. Hansen says he spends two hours a day “just researching leaks and prices of current items etc.”

Stara’s finds herself swamped because of her commitment to crochet. Luckily, most of the fairs take place on weekends, often taking up her entire weekend.

“Trying to balance all my classes and assignments with craft fairs that required me to go home nearly every weekend in October, November, December was incredibly difficult, but they're not something I'm ready to give up yet,” Stara said.

Hansen and Stara both hope to keep up their respective hobbies for a while, but are both unsure about how long they will keep at them. Hansen does not have a timeline, just saying he plans to keep collecting a selling in the future.

Stara explains that she is going to use her talent for humanitarian causes.

“I want to focus more on donating items, and I'm incredibly happy that Doane has several resources and events that can help me do that,” she said.

Both Hansen and Stara have connected their hobbies to Doane, Hansen says he talks with students who are interested in Supreme. Stara explains that many of her friends have taken up Crochet. Doane even has an event called Crochet for a Cause run by Omega Psi Theta sorority with all of the crafts being donated to various causes throughout the area.