Abigail Urquidi selling jewelry to raise money for harp

Editor’s Note: Each month, the Sun-News is spotlighting a youth entrepreneur participating in the Cruces Kids Can – Jr. Vendor Program, a project meant to inspire and equip the youngest business people. Students’ participation entails showcasing and selling their goods from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces in the city’s downtown.

Abigail Urquidi

Grade: Seventh grade at Zia Middle School

Business: Desert Fox Jewelry

Contact info: [email protected] or https://desert-fox-jewelry.square.site/

Urquidi, 12, designs all her own products, made of glass or stone beads and charms. Each piece can take from 15 minutes to a couple of hours to complete.

“I love jewelry and wanted to make some for myself, so I started making earrings from glass and stone beads,” she said. “Then I learned how to make necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and most recently I have been making beaded bookmarks.

Abigail Urquidi runs a jewelry stand named Desert Fox Jewelry.

Each piece can take from 15 minutes to a couple of hours to complete.

“I start by finding a charm, pendant or nice beads. Then I decide which beads will go best together to make a good pattern,” Urquidi said. “I lay them out so that I know what the finished product will look like. I cut wire to the correct length, bead the beads onto the wire, and then attach charms or clasps to finish the piece.”

The prices vary depending on the material used. Generally, earrings and bracelets are about $6, bookmarks are $12 to $15, keychains $5, and necklaces may range from $20 to $30.

“My favorite part about being a Jr. Vendor is interacting with new people. The Junior Vendor program is also helping me learn business skills that will help me grow my business,” Urquidi said.

“I decided to sell my products so that I can save toward purchasing a full-sized harp. I play the harp, but I need a pedal harp to play concert pieces,” she said.

CAASNM has monthly L.E.A.D labs every third Thursday to current and new Jr. Vendors and anyone else in the community who wishes to learn more about the Kids Can program. 

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