Little Artists Making A Difference & Some (Literal) Change

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Kids are amazing. The way that they view and approach life never ceases to amaze me. That's why the story of Aidan touches my heart. Aidan is a five-year-old boy recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

To help combat medical costs, Aidan, with the help of his parents, is selling his artwork online. He features comic book characters, cartoon characters and other original designs. His artwork is so popular right now, his etsy store is currently empty.

Vampire Art

Turns out that this little man is not the only entrepeneur crafting their way through the 'net. In fact, as I searched for stores on etsy by "owners" within the age range of 11-17, I was amazed at the number of results I found myself wading through -- and trying not to purchase something from every store.

Here are some great stores I happened upon that I think you should take notice of as well. Some are raising money for their pockets, others are providing their own college funds and others are raising money for the causes on their young hearts. Check them out.

  • Uba Upcycles is an Etsy store run by a 15-year-old girl in Texas. Her store features, as the name says, some way cute upcycled stuff. I adore this upcycled tee.

  • Not Just Arts 'N Crafts is a store run by a boy in the eighth grade. His custom upcycled notebooks would be a great Christmas present for teens or adults alike.

  • Montana Sky Art is simply amazing. She is a fifteen-year-old artist and all proceeds from her store go into her college fund. Her art is above and beyond what one might expect from her age-range. Her print, Beauty Hurts, is a concept that women of all ages can understand.

  • A Lucky Horseshoe is an etsy business run by a 14 year old girl also raising money for college. She is also donating proceeds from sales to groups that match her passions. In October, it's the Susan G. Komen fund. In October, it's Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation as she's a horse lover. She sells vinyl decals for walls (and laptops). This alpabet train is beyond adorable.

  • Lastly, Nifty Kidstuff was started when the owner was fifteen. She's now in college and majoring in, oh, textiles. Her stuff is natural and flipping cute. These gnome finger puppets slay me.

And in case you have a budding artist in your home and you're looking for advice to help start an Etsy store, don't miss this piece on the Etsy blog. One mom talks about her daughter's successful store -- the daughter's store was featured in Seventeen -- and how they got things rolling. Here's a quality tip from that piece:

There is a difference between something grandma buys from a budding artist, and what a buyer on Etsy wants in terms of quality. I showed Marci pieces of my work that had unacceptable flaws and explained to her what qualifies a piece as acceptable for sale. We go through her pieces carefully still, and I make sure that she is making work that functions well. Her custom orders must also reasonably match the original listing photo. This is essential for building a loyal, returning customer base.

(Also: check out that store. Equally amazing as the others.)

Do you know of a kid who sells their crafts, artwork, writings, photography or, really anything, to raise money for their pockets, their college fund or a cause of their choosing? Please share with us!

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She i

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