10/10/2012 08:35 am ET Updated Oct 10, 2012

Stephanie Langston, Tennessee Teen, Opens Bookstore To Pay For College (WATCH)

While most of his friends and fellow students will be taking out federal and private loans to pay for their college education, 17-year-old Stephanie Langston has a very different plan in mind. The entrepreneurial teen opened a bookstore to finance his higher education, WTVY 4 News reports.

With a $600 loan from his parents, Langston bought enough books off eBay to start his own book-selling business. He found affordable space and set up shop in the back of a local antiques shop in his small town of Nolensville, Tennessee.

"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," Langston told WTVY.

Watch the video above for more on Langston's story, and head over to WTVY 4 News to read the original article.

And when he goes off to college, Langston plans to keep the business in the family.

I'll [probably] leave it to my little brother and then that way he can build up more for his college," Langston said. "He'll have more time to save up more money."

Like Langston, young entrepreneur Breanna Simon, 19, bought and ran her own ice cream truck when she couldn't find a summer job. And 18-year-old Bryan Thomas launched a graphic design company making patriotism posters to help finance his college tuition.

Thomas explained to Fox News: "Don't look to the government to give you what you want, especially when it comes to college. The college I'm going to is a small Christian college and I can't accept federal money, so I really have to pay my own way."

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