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October 18, 2002

Albany-- Deerfield Windsor's annual antique and art sale draws vendors from as far away as Mississippi to show off their crafts and wares. Amid all the hustle and bustle of busy sellers and shoppers, one young entrepreneur is trying to stand out in the crowd, and get her new business off the ground.

"It's $83.46. Make it out to Maggie Kelley." Another sale for Maggie Kelley, "I guess I never really thought of what I would exactly do, maybe something in medicine. But I love it, I wouldn't do anything else now."

22-year-old Maggie Kelley's handbag business started out innocently enough, "A friend of mine said 'oh that's cute, can you make me one' and I made her one and then a friend of her's liked the bag and I made her one and it grew from there." Now, just five months later, she has her sights set on greatness, "Maggie Kelley will be known like Kate Spade I guess."

Whether or not MK Designs is the next big thing in handbags, Maggie Kelley is in pure heaven creating, sewing and selling her handmade creations, "To me it's a lot better (than a regular job).  I like doing this. I work when I want. I get to talk to people and sell bags, I like it."

Maggie Kelley's handbags can be found in several shops in Albany, like the Clay Spot, Mint Julep and P.J.'s Decorative Fabrics.

The antique and art sale runs through Saturday at the Hasan Temple in Albany.

Posted at 4:20 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com