Although it’s early in the semester, students going on mission trips have summer on their minds. Mission trips can be expensive, and in order to raise funds, students sometimes get creative. Junior roommates Taylor Lindsay and Stephanie Renner began a craft business called The Itty Bitty Craft Committee to help Lindsay with her mission trip to Burkina Faso in May.
Lindsay and Renner decided to start the business the second week of the spring semester. Renner had the initial idea to start the craft business and voiced her idea to Lindsay one day after class.
According to Renner, “[Lindsay] came home one day and I just went up to her and said ‘we need to start an Etsy shop’.”
Lindsay and Renner began researching how to start an Etsy shop, and learned it was more complicated than they thought. Shipping the items to people could be difficult, and they would have to pay money to Etsy to keep the shop on the website. So, they decided to sell their crafts on a Facebook page called “The Itty Bitty Craft Committee”.
Renner wanted to help Lindsay raise money for her mission trip because she knew how daunting the task of raising money for mission trips can be, as she went on a mission trip to Thailand last year.
“I knew that funds can be a struggle, and I didn’t want it to be a struggle if it didn’t have to be,” Renner said.
Renner thought crafts would be the best business route for a few reasons. Crafts are small, tangible items, and people can remember what they did to help Lindsay when they look at it. Also, the crafts are affordable and don’t take a lot of time to make.
“I like making them. It’s a way to contribute to my fundraising in my own personal way that I can do on top of school,” Lindsay said.
Currently, The Itty Bitty Craft Committee sells coffee sleeves and keychains. Scarves made by Lindsay’s mom will be added to the Facebook page soon. They have made twenty sales since the business opened two weeks ago.
Lindsay is looking forward to the Burkina Faso mission trip. As an Intercultural Studies major and an ESL (English as a Second Language) minor, she has to go out of the country. She always wanted to go on a mission trip, and this is the perfect opportunity.
“Most of what we’re doing for the trip is teaching ESL at the university in Burkina Faso at the Capitol and teaching at primary and secondary schools in the villages and helping out Nazarene churches in the area,” Lindsay said.
To check out and purchase Lindsay and Renner’s products, visit their Facebook page The Itty Bitty Craft Committee, message them on Facebook, or talk to them when you see them on campus.
Photos from The Itty Bitty Craft Committee