It might have been luck that put a big patch of four-leaf clovers in Genevieve Myers’ backyard, but it’s hard work that’s made her business successful.
The 17-year-old from Sterling Heights started With a Bit of Luck to pay for a band trip. She takes the four-leaf clovers she finds and presses them, makes pendants using resin and then creates keychains, jewelry and ornaments.
Four lucky years of growth
“Since we’ve started, I’ve been able to pay for the band trips fully and my New Orleans trip I’m going on this year,” says Genevieve, who plays the French horn. “It’s been very nice, because it’s been something I can go to when I have expenses for school.”
It’s even inspired her 14-year-old brother, Brett, to start his own crafting business.
“At first, he was kind of jealous,” she says. “Now, he makes little Lego guys that he puts on necklaces and keychains, and he can even make them glow in the dark. It’s a big hit for the little boys.”
As she approaches the fourth year of running her business, Genevieve says she’s learned more than just “prices and taxes.”
“I’ve definitely learned a lot through the business,” she says. “I had to develop more social skills, because I’m definitely not considered an extrovert, so talking about the products was something I had to develop.”
How Genevieve finds four-leaf clovers
We were curious – how on earth does Genevieve consistently find so many four-leaf clovers? She filled us in on her top three tips.
- Look everywhere. “Almost always, there are clovers,” she says. “At the Festival of Senses (in Clinton Township), one of the other youth vendors actually found one while we were there.”
- Have patience. “They aren’t going to jump out at you. Give it 10 or 15 minutes in a patch, then you move on.”
- Come prepared. “Sometimes we grab a cushion for the ground. In the rain, they really open up, so we’ll go out there while it’s raining and look for them with an umbrella.”
Support With a Bit of Luck
With a Bit of Luck offers $10-$15 keychains, jewelry and more. Shop at craft shows around Sterling Heights or visit Genevieve’s Facebook page.