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bottle caps to business


Allie Stavros, at age 8, has qualified herself as an entrepreneur.

The Concord Christian School student recently launched her own business, Allie Caps, creating jewelry and accessories from bottle caps.

“I wanted to buy them and then I just figured out how to make them. Then I went to school the next day and all these kids wanted them,” Allie said about how it all began.

“So I thought I’d start a business with bottle caps and then it got really big,” she added.

In the first two weeks of selling Allie Caps, Allie has made more than $200, and has donated about half of those proceeds to her school and to the American Red Cross.


“I wanted to donate. I don’t want to keep all the money for myself. I want to share it,” Allie said.

She recently presented a $50 check to CCS, and donates money to the American Red Cross to help Tennessee flood victims.

“The money from my school, half of it goes back to my school,” Allie said.

“And the orders I don’t get from my school, half of it goes to the American Red Cross because of the flood,” she added.

The unused bottle caps are partially flattened and then filled with a “cap” of original design. The backs of the bottle caps are attached to strong magnets that then connect them to the jewelry Allie makes. The caps, in small and large sizes, are interchangeable.

Allie said she creates the cap designs herself, with a little help from her 4-year-old brother, Remi. They’ve created more than 70 styles of the large caps and more than 20 of the small ones.

“They’re magnetic so you can change them. … Whatever you want to think about, you can put them on there,” Allie said.

Designs include images of faith, animals, hobbies, sports and even music and sweets. At Remi’s urging, she’s included images for boys as well.

“We can do initials too,” she said.

Those caps find their place on rings, necklaces, wristbands and even flower barrettes.

“We’re doing some earrings, but we’re still working on them,” Allie said.

Allie also sells metal “cap-tainers” because “I have so many bottle caps I can’t keep track of where I leave them.

“I wanted a place to keep all my caps so I came up with a way I can keep them and not lose them,” Allie said.

Because the cap-tainers are metal, the magnetic caps stay in line. Allie said she’s working on exterior designs for the cap-tainers as well.

Another upcoming project is to create a special cap to benefit First Baptist Concord’s Helping Hands ministry, which serves adults with special needs.

Allie said she’ll create 1,000 of those caps with all proceeds going to the ministry.

Concord Christian allows Allie to sell Allie Caps at school; she has a poster at the front desk and sent flyers home with all the students. Even some of the teachers have bought her jewelry.

Allie sells each Allie Cap for $5; the necklace runs at $3. Other prices are available online; visit www.alliecaps.net

 

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