By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT
MATHISTON — Little Miss Bailey Powell arrived with her table and chair, trifold bulletin board, tackle-toolbox complete with money and set up at the front gate ready for business at the Ninth Annual Tractor-Truck Show on Sept. 29.
Her product: paracord bracelets.
As I was talking to this young lady, who did not have a shy bone in her body, she told me that she was a seventh-grade home-schooled student. She said that she learned how to make these paracord bracelets by looking it up on the internet with her father.
According to her, they were originally called survival bracelets and were used by people who went on wilderness climbs; if they needed a rope they could just undo the bracelet and would have a pretty good length of rope. One inch of bracelet equals one foot of rope-nylon rope. So if you purchased a seven-inch bracelet, you would have seven feet of rope.
“Paracord, or parachute cord, is extremely useful in emergency or survival situations. This nylon cording features an outer sheath filled with multiple strands, which combine to give para-cord great strength and durability.”
Bailey makes not only bracelets, but also dog collars and key chains. She had a supply on hand, but she takes orders with the colors of your choice.
These bracelets are made in a Regular Braid or a Cobra Braid design. She also does the spiral, which uses two colors. Prospective customers were able to look at her neat trifold bulletin board and choose colors, designs and type of item. The products range from $3 to $5 for regular braid and $4 for the spiral braid.
She says that she makes her spending money and that she has made a fair amount of money making these bracelets.
Bailey is the daughter of Bradley and Janet Powell, who are very supportive of their young entrepreneur.
Our future rests in the hands of our youth.
Way to go, Bailey!