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WLM | Wyoming Woman CAMPBELL COUNTY Has Talent THE RUSTY BUCKET I n early 2013 with the encouragement from her mom, Joanne Engelhaupt made the leap into business ownership. She went from making all natural goat milk soap and tailgate benches for herself and friends to selling a wide variety of products at Gillette’s Avenue Mall. Benches & Barbwire Creations was started with a bit of determination along with some hesitation. It didn’t take long for customers to take an interest in her products. She took every opportunity she could to network with fellow Avenue Mall vendors and business owners to learn about the small business world.   Joanne then began participating in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota craft shows at the end of 2013. With good shows under her belt and the experience and knowledge she was quickly acquiring, she decided to set new goals and expand in 2014. She expanded the products for her inventory like bird seed wreaths, wood wall hangings and rustic recycled garden art. Customers took note of the new products by following her on her Facebook page, now The Rusty Bucket, which has grown quickly. 2014 proved to be a year of successful new ideas and 2015 is sure to bring more exciting changes for the business. Benches & Barbwire Creations formally changed the name to The Rusty Bucket at the beginning of the year to better suit the wide variety of products Joanne is now creating. She’s adding Colorado shows to her list of annual trade shows and expos. Find The Rust Bucket products in retail stores at Avenue Mall in Gillette, Annie’s Antiques in Buffalo, Good Health Emp