Sookie Sookie provides handcrafted jewelry and more to Carthage and beyond | News
Meagan Smith, owner of Sookie Sookie, recently set up her studio in Carthage after moving here in October.
Although she mostly operates her business online, Smith’s products are carried in Revival Threads on the square, and she frequently operates a booth at First Monday Trade Days in Canton.
“I kind of just brand myself as an artist because I do a bunch of different things,” she said. “I mainly make clay jewelry, so that’s kind of my main squeeze, but I do clothing and actual artwork on canvas, or I’ll find junk pieces like at thrift stores or garage sales. I literally just collect random canvases and random junk pieces to redo or repaint.”
Smith has always had an artistic leaning. Before starting Sookie Sookie, she worked as a paralegal.
“Which is hard to believe I know, and we always did probate and writing wills and it was super depressing, and I was just like ‘this is not me.’ I’ve always been an artist, ever since I was a kid, and I just wanted something to kind of fulfil that creative need,” she said. “I started out going to the Fredericksburg Trade Days, and I would sell hand painted guitars, anything I can get my hands on to paint, and it’s pretty much always junk pieces, things that you can get for dirt cheap and resell.”
Her best selling products are her earrings, a pair of which she wore herself on Wednesday.
“These are my best selling, but I enjoy the stuff that nobody’s even seen yet, ‘cause y’know I paint these over and over and over, ‘cause I sell retail and wholesale,” she said. “So I sell on my website, people can go on the website and just buy a pair of earrings. But also boutiques will order online, and they carry it in their stores.”
Sookie Sookie means a lot to Smith.
“It’s what gives me meaning and gives me purpose,” she said. I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and it’s important to kind of follow in those footsteps, but do it in a way that speaks to me, and art has always since I was young, just that’s my outlet. When I’m sad, when I’m happy, when I’m excited, when I’m looking forward to something. I love it. I could paint morning until dark; I never get tired of it.”
To shop Sookie Sookie, visit Rival Threads on the Carthage square, First Monday Trade Days in Canton, or shopsookiesookie.com. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram, @shop_sookie_sookie, for updates.