Taylor Swift fans have famously exchanged and worn customized friendship bracelets, usually with the names of her albums and songs during the American leg in her “Eras” Tour. When Swift performed at Arrowhead Stadium in July, Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce said he made an attempt to play Swift by trying to gift her a bracelet of friendship by calling his number.
“I was shocked that she doesn’t speak before or after her performances because she must save her voice only for songs her voice sings” He told him and his brothers in the month of July during the podcast “New Heights With Jason as well as Travis Kelce.”
It was Saturday’s match against the Chiefs and the Chicago Bears, when Swift was seen cheering for Kelce at his parents’ room wearing the team’s red and white jacket, alongside Kelce’s mother, Donna.
Swift’s gesture of support follows several weeks of speculation from various NFL broadcasters as well as the vast majority of Swifties the possibility that Swift and Kelce are in a relationship. While the pair haven’t publicly acknowledged any romantic relationship, Kelce said in an interview with ESPN this week that she is finding the attention on Swift and her “hilarious.”
The custom that people trade friendship bracelets during her shows is inspired by the lyrics of the song “You’re in Your Own, Kid” from her latest album “Midnights.” Swift sings about creating friendship bracelets to be able to make connections with people on the same experience: “Cause there were pages that were turned, with bridges burning every loss is an action you take and so, make those friendship bracelets, take a time to taste it There’s no reason to worry.”
Through the entire tour the celebrities and fans such as Jennifer Garner, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have posed for photos with bracelets adorned with dozens around their wrists. This has led to certain Etsy shop owners who concentrate on creating friendship bracelets have made hundreds of dollars.
Jamie Tompkins, for example is a full-time event director at the event management company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but she claims to have stayed till late to make friendship bracelets to Taylor Swift concert goers. The 46-year-old mother claimed she sold more than five thousand Taylor Swift-themed friendship bracelets through her Etsy shop in the summer, and earned around $6,000 of sales. “There were several weeks when creating bracelets was more lucrative than my full-time occupation,” Tompkins told CNN.
Tompkins who is planning to make additional for the international dates of Swift’s concerts she said that she had the idea of selling the bracelets on her website, Pigtails and Pixidust, after being left with several bracelets that she was unable to raffle off during her Taylor Swift concert in Arlington, Texas, earlier this year. Her daughter suggested that she list them in the Etsy store, which usually offers hairbows and headbands to toddlers and infants.
“The Eras tour has made my business” said Tompkins who sells five packs for $15. “I had very little sales prior to the time that Taylor Swift friendship bracelets were an edgy fashion.”
She’s now saving her money to take a break from her job and focus on managing her Etsy shop full-time. “I will continue to create them for as long as people request them.”
To Aimee Papson,, making Taylor Swift friendship bracelets is a necessity. Papson has used the money from her new Etsy store, SunshineyBracelets, to help pay back a loan of $5,500 which was taken out to buy four tickets to Taylor Swift’s Nashville concert. Similar to similar Etsy proprietors, she sold her friendship bracelets that she had left online and has earned around $1,800 so far. Papson is also planning to create additional money from her international appearances.
“We have a ways to go before we can get the money we paid back” explained Papson, who also said that a trip to Nashville was a goal for her and her kids. “I put on a headlamp at night, and listen to Taylor Swift music and can create bracelets for 8 hours straight. I’m not planning to stop anytime in the near future.”