A teenage girl is turning trash into treasure.
Rosa Alaimo is a 17 -year-old student from Unionville High School who participated in the Durham Craft and Gift Show held at the Durham College Oct. 24 – 26. According to Alaimo, she goes to landfills and looks for bicycle inner tubes and other items into useful products.
Alaimo makes different things from materials she finds useful at the landfill. For example she makes wallets from inner tubes, bracelets from bicycle chains, bracelets from pop can tabs, wallets from candy wrappers, and earrings from keyboard tabs. She even uses empty chips bags by washing them and making them into bracelets.
She goes to bike shops and asks if she can collect the inner tubes they are throwing away. Alaimo said that “my mom inspired me and encouraged me to make jewelry and to make products.”
This is her second year of participating in this craft show.
She said her booth is different from others. This is because the items she is selling are something that are recycled.
Alaimo’s favourite part about the craft show is seeing so many vendors selling a little bit of everything.
The first year was spent running and developing her business before going full fledged. She is in her second year of business now. Her ideas came from just playing around with inner bicycle tubes and other discarded items.
She opened her business when she was only 15 after receiving a grant from the government to help with her business.
She likes to speak to customers to be innovative in their own lives.
She said if you love crafts “keep doing what you are doing and try to be unique.”
Alaimo’s mother, Theresa, is very proud of her daughter.
“Do something you enjoy doing and find out what you’re interested in. Make it into a career,” she said.
“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, keep on trying and pursuing your dreams.”