CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More and more at-home entrepreneurs are looking to social media to sell their handmade crafts.
Christi Witt, a mother of a nine-month-old baby girl, has an appreciation for fashion, and is into clothes with a handmade look, but didn't want to put up the costs. So she learned to make them herself.
"The handmade style of clothes right now is really trendy, but I didn't want to shell out the money to buy them. So I started making them, and then selling it was the next step," said Witt, of Charleston.
Witt took to Instagram and Facebook to sell things for baby girls, like handmade dresses, shoes and hair bows -- all under a brand named after her own baby girl's namesake, Brooklyn Rhapsody.
Her prices range between $25 and $40, and she specializes in baby moccasins made of vinyl. While Witt had no prior experience in business, she said she had no fears launching her brand, and it's more of a hobby than a business.
"Honestly, I'm pretty independent and I just kind of thought, well, if I can sell this stuff to buy more stuff to sell more stuff then that's what I'll do," she said. "I would like it to be a successful small business, but I don't plan on something huge. It's been a gradual process."
Tara Simms, 23, of Charleston, is also a new mom, and has a fashion and merchandising degree under her belt.
When she decided to teach herself to knit to make her mom a scarf for Christmas, she surprised herself.
"And then I realized I was really good at it," Simms said. "I had just had a baby . . . and it was something I could do without having to leave the house. I didn't think they'd sell like they did."
Tara reached out to customers through social media as well, posting her creations to her Infinitely Knit Instagram and Facebook pages. She specializes in wrap-around "infinity" scarves.