As a middle school science teacher in Indian Land, SC, Brittney Mager has a pretty busy schedule. Originally from the Pageland area, Brittney began teaching after graduating from Wingate University about nine years ago. After getting married, Brittney started making things for her home out of reclaimed wood, and people started to notice her talent. She began to sell custom wood signs to family members and friends, which led her to start her own small business. Now with a baby on the way, Brittney plans to stay home and work on her craft full-time next year.
“It’s been a blessing to me to be able to supplement my income this way. Now, after the baby, I can continue to earn money doing this when I stop teaching.”
With many connections in her small hometown, Brittney has access to reclaimed wood from old homes and barns. She gathers what she wants and works out of her home in Waxhaw. Brittney breaks up the pallets and removes the nails, then cuts, cleans and sands the wood for re-purposing. Hand-painted pictures, quotes, and Bible verses are then applied to the wood and the results are beautiful.
Many of Brittney’s customers request paintings of North or South Carolina, scripture from the Bible and name signs. Some reach out to her with new ideas and they discuss the process together, from dimensions to sayings, until the customer is happy. Repeat customers often contact Brittney for “go-to” gifts after they’ve bought something for themselves.
Brittney’s signs, known as B’s Boards, are available at Shabby Chic in downtown Waxhaw, where you can stop in and shop locally. Here you will find a sampling of her most popular designs. After collaborating with owner, Brandi Ruch, Brittney started selling her work and hosting classes at the shop. She is thankful for this opportunity and said, “Shabby Chic has opened up a network for small business locally.”
Currently, Brittney holds classes on weekends for small groups who are interested in creating a seasonal or generic sign. The hostess can choose from a list of options for her party and Brittney will travel to their home. She brings all supplies to the gathering so the guests just have to show up and have fun.
If you would like to host a party, or you are looking for a custom design, you can reach out to Brittney at B’s Boards on Facebook. Be sure to stop in at Shabby Chic for a peek at her beautiful work.