Just a quick heads up…I am off to scout venues tomorrow as Lights That Last have kindly offered to cover the cost of hiring a hall for our next market. I am hoping to find something suitable in the Southern suburbs for Saturday 4 April. I know many people may be away but I am also planning one for Sunday 10 May. I am looking at 9:30 am to 11:30 am with a quick award ceremony at 12:00 and allow half an hour for set up and close down. I will confirm dates this week and open stall bookings so watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook page too.
Just so you know the behind the scenes planning…Apart holidays most children have sport or other activities on Saturday mornings so generally our events will be on Sundays. Two hours are about all they can deal with so I advise keeping the set up time minimal and stalls simple. The children will get a simple sheet to complete at the end with expenses, float, takings and profit. Those who hand this in will all receive a certificate in a short award ceremony and there will be some special awards in different age groups too. You can be off to lunch by 1pm!
I am planning 3 age group categories: 6 and under, 7 to 11, 12 to 15. Up to 4 children may share a stall. Stall fees are R20 for one or two children with an extra R10 for additional children sharing the stall.
Goods and services: I would encourage a variety of items for their first market to get a feel for what sells. Plants, cut flowers or veggies and herbs, crafts, activities like guessing the number of sweets in a jar, temporary tattoos and nail decoration are all fun and easy. The traditional baked goods, sweeties and popcorn are always popular but must be priced well. I suggest keeping items small and simple and selling them at lower prices. No hot foods or on site cooking please. Children may also apply for a limited number of busking or performance art slots. Awards will take into consideration things like the originality of the products, cost of production, how much parental assistance is required, display, salesmanship and profit, among others. Recycling and upcycling and creativity are encouraged. Second hand goods like books and computer games will be limited to 10 items per stall.
Your suggestions and feedback are always welcome and you can mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone able to assist with prizes or certificates or any kind of sponsorship would also be most appreciated.
PS: I want to please encourage everyone to make this Easter a Leaping Bunny Easter and have a different kind of Easter hunt: When you go shopping please check all your lables for the Cruelty Free leaping bunny logo and explain to your children, every little thing helps. Below is a great article from Caffeine and Fairydust with product lists too: