Jesse’s bright idea

Krysta Carroll
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Exploits Valley youth turns burnt-out bulbs into decorations

For Jessie Goudie, a school art project became a bright idea for business.

“I was trying to think of a business idea, and we had done a project in school where we painted a burnt-out light bulb to look like a Grinch,” said Jessie Goudie. “That was a pretty good idea. I tried a few things until I found out what worked.”

What worked turned into a successful business for the 13-year-old Youth Ventures participant.

“I paint light bulbs to look like different Christmas characters or characters or logos or whatever you want on them, and you can hang them on Christmas trees,” Jesse said. “There are a lot of burnt out light bulbs that people just throw away.”

She started her business, called Jesse’s Bright Ideas, last year, with the help of the local Youth Ventures co-ordinator.

“I was getting to the age where I was going to have to find some way to make money and there was a Youth Ventures presentation in school and I thought it was pretty cool,” Jesse said. “I didn't really want to babysit, and I didn’t want to have to mow lawns and stuff so I figured I could start my own business.”

Her creations sell for $6 each, and range from Christmas characters to Angry Birds, Spider-Man and many more.

She said for her first season she mostly took orders from people she knows, her mother’s co-workers, and people on her Facebook page.

“It went very well,” Jesse said of her first season. “I sold 100 bulbs.

“But this year I am actually selling a lot more at festival, like Grand Falls-Windsor Day, Bishop’s Falls Day and Botwood Day.”

So where does she get all those burnt-out light bulbs?

“I do have a Facebook page so we’ll post that I need more, or some random people just drop them off at our door,” Jesse said. “If anybody has any burnt-out light bulbs I’ll take them.”

She said since getting involved with Youth Ventures last year, the organization has given her a lot of help and helped her get off on the right track, including helping with a business plan.

“They made me business cards and order forms, they got me into all the festivals that I’ve been to, and they gave me lots of ideas of what I can do,” Jesse said. “It’s just been really great to have someone to help you kind of understand the business part of it, because I don’t understand a lot about business.

“Anything I really need help with they are there,” she added. “It has been really good.”

Though she said she was never keen on business, she has always enjoyed art.

“When I was little I used to draw a lot,” she said. “I was in an art class for a few years. I like painting but I think light bulbs are a lot more fun. It’s kind of different. It is a canvas but it’s a different kind of canvas.”

Her business is open all year round. Interested people can get in touch with Jesse through her Facebook page, Jesse’s Bright Ideas, or by emailing

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