Teen Opens Bookstore to Pay For College

By: Stephanie Langston
By: Stephanie Langston

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A teen in Tennessee is determined to go to college. So much so, he's started a business to fund his dream.

Stephanie Langston tells us what he's doing to make that all possible.

In the historic community of Nolensville, nestled inside the antique barn, is Trent's bookstore.

It may be easy to pass by with only one small red sign in the window, but the opportunity is one Trent Crowthers wasn't going to let slide.

"I decided I needed to find a way to try to get some more money for college."

At 17 years old Crowthers decided to follow in his father's footsteps and open a bookstore.

"We started really small, just that one side over there, and then they gave us a deal for the whole room, and we got books in the whole place now."

Paperbacks, hardbacks, collector editions, and the like fill the shelves.

"This is just a teeny amount compared to all the books we have."

Crowthers parents invested close to a $600 for the teen to buy thousands of books off of Ebay and open his own business.

"We went down to Knoxville and we got 14,000 books."

And while some say bookstores are dying, Crowthers believes the life of a book will never end, especially with prices like his.

"Most normal books, if it's a paperback it $3, a hardback it's $4.

He hopes those few dollars will add up to college tuition and when it's time to go, he wants to pass the business on.

"What I'll probably do is I'll leave it to my little brother and then that way he can build up more for his college. He'll have more time to save up more money."

Crowthers says he hopes to attend Ohio State or Georgia State and become a doctor.

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