Simms now makes custom orders -- sometimes mailing scarves out to customers she's never met -- and just signed a contract with a local boutique to distribute her pieces.
"No one would've known about it had I not put it out there [online]," she said. "I'm looking into other things to make and hopefully can grow my business."
Ashley Martin, also 23 of Charleston, started her hair bow business two years ago by posting photos of her work on Facebook, and has since signed deals with local consignment shops, distributes at flea markets and has a thriving online clientele.
"Social media has helped my little business in ways I couldn't have on my own. When people share my posts and like my items, it lets other people that aren't a fan of my page yet see my things," Martin said. "I love being crafty. All of my friends started having children so I just started making different things for them and baby showers, and then it kind of escalated."
"I enjoy doing it so much I don't consider it work. It's just a hobby of mine I like to do, and I love to see little girls in stuff I've made," she said.
To contact Witt, follow her on Instagram at Brooklynrhapsody or on her Brooklyn Rhapsody by Christi Witt Facebook page. She can also be reached by email at Christi.w...@me.com.
To contact Simms, follow her on Instagram at InfinitelyKnit or by email at tara.si...@icloud.com.
To contact Martin, follow her on Facebook or Instagram at BowsByAshley2 or email her at ashleymarti...@gmail.com.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at Mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.