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Valley Springs Mom Makes Custom Purses

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There are two things most women love to shop for…shoes and purses. A Valley Springs woman is living out her dream job by combining her love for purses, her talent at the sewing machine and her eye for color and design.  We think Rebekah Scott is Someone You Should Know.

“I always knew I'd be a bag lady,” laughs designer Rebekah Scott.

Stitch by stitch, the fabric begins takes shape. Rebekah Scott has been sewing since she was four years old. As a newly wed, instead of giving Christmas presents Scott gave her home-made purses as gifts, and in return people started placing orders for more bags. Piece by piece her business began to come together.

Scott says, “I never ever dread a Monday, who gets to say that? I never dread a Monday, I never dread any day I get to walk into this space and work!”

Since launching "Rebekah Scott designs" in 2003, Scott's creativity has blossomed. She's now up to 16 different styles of bags and within the past 6 months she has even started designing her very own fabric.

“I always think when I'm creating something for myself and others, what do I want?  Well I want it to be washable, and I want it to be organized and I want it to be cute,” says Scott.

With names like the “Laura,” and the “Phoebe,” each style is named after a special woman in her life.   The bags are made of canvas, with faux leather detailing, a variety of different clips and closures, and plenty of personality.

Scott says, “The guests that are there say ok I want this fabric but I want it in this style and I want a gray lining instead of a yellow lining, and I want black leather so it can get really, really custom.”    

Her custom bags are sold online and by 9 sales reps throughout the country. Scott won “Home-Based Business of the Year,” from the Small Business Administration in South Dakota, and she says that's the sweetest part of her job...working with a child in her lap and being a mom.     

“I wanted to see every first, and I see every first and every last of everything (laughs) so that's my favorite part,” says Scott.

 Each bag takes 3 to 6 hours to make, but Scott has it to down to a science, producing 30-40 bags a week.
     And with her family by her side, Scott knows this is just the beginning...

“I love my life, I love my life! I hope you can say that about yours, I love my life, I love what I do everyday,” says Scott.

Rebekah Scott purses range in price from about $60-$100, but she also designs accessories like wallets, wristlets, and coin pouches which start at $2. To take a look at her collection just go to www.shoprsd.com.
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