While many teenagers’ birthday requests include the latest smartphone or cash, Celia Hargraves asked for a Square reader for her past birthday.
The 14-year-old macrame maker and business owner manages Vintage Dreams, a Greenville-based business that sells a variety of handmade products. She asked for a Square reader so she could accept credit card payments on her mobile phone.
Frequently seeing dream catchers on her Pinterest feed, Celia decided to try making one with an old lace doily. That was the first piece she made and sold — and the beginning of Vintage Dreams.
“I got a (macrame) kit for Christmas and I just looked up how to tie a knot and started making plant hangers and wall hangings,” she says. “I feel like I’ve always loved creating and it was just new.”
Celia says she is constantly making things with her hands: plant hangers, baby teethers, wall hangings, keychains, dog leashes, mirror charms, essential oil holders, dog toys, tote bags and more.
“I don’t use patterns,” she says. “I just make it up as I go for the most part. I just get a picture in my head of what it should look like.”
Her favorite products to make are plant hangers and baby teethers. She says the plant hangers and wall hangings are the most popular items among customers.
The time it takes to make each handmade piece varies, but a plant hanger takes about 10–15 minutes for Celia to complete. It’s a feat that her mother, Lauren, says would take others much longer.
Being homeschooled allows Celia more flexibility to make products and manage Vintage Dreams, as well as work part-time for a local florist. She also enjoys photography, and takes photographs of her products for social media.
Celia says she never would’ve imagined her macrame hobby would turn into a business. But now, she sells her designs regularly through Instagram as well as at local markets and festivals. Recently, she sold out of all her products at the TD Saturday Market in Greenville. Vintage Dreams also does custom orders by request.