Woman near Centerville finds success making purses

CENTERVILLE, S.D. (KSFY) - Mitzi Rozeboom makes purses for a living. She says she never saw herself as a crafty person, but she clearly is. She says she isn't sure how many handbags she has made in the past seven years, but business is doing well.

Rozeboom says her business 'Mitzi's Pretties' started unexpectedly.

"In 2006 my husband and I got married. Then in 2007 he got me a sewing machine, so I could repair his pants for work, and I was like 'I don't want to do that!' so I stuck the sewing machine in the basement for four or five years. Then I was getting out of the diaper stage with the kiddos, and it was time for me to buy a purse, and I was so excited, and I went shopping and couldn't find a purse that I really loved. I was like 'I can do this, I have a sewing machine I will make my own,'" she said.

Well that purse was a hit, and Mitzi says her friends encouraged her to make more...so she did. Her purses are one-of-a-kind and made from unique fabrics, leathers and hides.

"I love the unique cow hide and leathers you can't get anywhere else," she said.

Cow hide is costly.

She has shipped her products all over America and to Germany, Australia and Canada. You can also find her purses closer to home.

"I'm in Beautique in Brandon, Jack and Jill in Beresford and Knotty Gnome in Hartford," she said.

It's a passion, talent and art...Made in South Dakota.

For a look at her purses and more:
Mitzi's Facebook 
Mitzi's Instagram
Mitzi's Etsy