On Saturday 4 April 2015 at the Moth Hall in Fish Hoek we held the second Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market
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It was Easter Saturday and also Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon day so I was not really sure how the turnout would be. However the hall was available and I had been asked by a lot of kids to do a market over Easter so we decided to just have a go and work around the road closures and so on. It all turned out just fine and on the day there were 34 young traders from age 4 to 16.
All children who participated had to complete a form showing their costs and profit calculations. Once this had been handed in each child was given a certificate for participation. Many thanks to Graphic and Print Solutions for donating these certificates. Several stalls were then also given awards for a range of achievements. This is always the hardest part of the market as choosing winners from an all-star line-up is nearly impossible. Congratulations to all who took part and there is a table with the stalls and award details at the end of this post.
The range of products was really fantastic with some very clever and innovative goodies. A wonderful selection of Easter offerings were very popular as the local shops had already sold out of easter eggs. Some timely 1 Direction merchandise by Skye also took advantage of the concert fever of the week. Some of award-winning products were Connor’s crazy crayons and coconut lip gloss, Rachel Rose’s upcycled piggie banks, Massimo’s wind up boats, beautiful craft “Super Soaps” and quality knitted goods.
What was also great too see was the mix of goods at each stall showing the traders are experimenting with different lines and prices. For Example the overall highest earning stall of the day was “Reflection” by Kirsty and Melissa Du Plessis of FHPS and they offered jewelery, fudge and some slime to go with that!
There were some really enthusiastic sellers and the excitement was infectious. I don’t think many got past the Busy Bee Sisters or Fairy Friends without being enticed to sample their wares. Kirsty and Amy’s Funky Factory was stunning and Chocaroo Dreams offered the most beautiful crafts. We were really thrilled to have Team JA3 Photobooth – what a great team and such a cool idea! These guys also get a special mention for all the help they gave me with the tables and so on. Another great stall was Magaban, a fun family operation with a wide selection of goods that made them second highest earners on the day. We also had face painting and music from Michaela and Lilly (16) of FHPS. Music adds such atmosphere and I would like to see this section grow in future markets.
I always really enjoy watching the young entrepreneurs doing their sums and getting into the swing of trading and Jody Searl (5) was just so excited to take part as were Finn-Paulo and Aran, both 6 selling jelly and lemonade and Anna (8) whose Beachcombing Bunny stall was lovely. Louis (8) demonstrated the gift of the gab and was awarded for salesmanship. I also noticed many children who came as customers and saw their friends trading just could not resist and nipped round the stalls to have a go at selling. I heard great plans for the next market being hatched.
There is a full album of photos with captions on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1602251703323970.1073741831.1591673784381762&type=1
The next Market is planned for mid May. I have checked out some venues located a bit more centrally and have a possible one in Pinelands lined up. I will let you know as soon as I confirm.
Here is a full list of the stalls and awards made. Contratulations to every Young Entrepreneur – You are all amazing!
Anna (8) Bay Primary
|hair glitter, nail art, dog biscuits, peanut brittle, plants, ice bites.|
|The Pink Rose
|Scarves and Beanies
|They have loomed scarves and beanies for children up to 12 years of age||Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: Product excellence|
|The busy Bee Sisters
|Lots of arts/crafts to keep kiddys busy as well as buckets filled with bits to keep kiddys busy.Rasberry crushers, pretty pot plants,growing dinosaurs,cookies||Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: Sales and marketing|
|Cool kids stuff
Rachel Rose (8)
|Jelly and Custard
|Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: product innovation|
|Coconut oil lip gloss
|Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: product innovation|
|Kirsty & Amy’s Funky Factory||Toffee Apples
Sparkle Play Dough, paint an egg
|Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: Sales and marketing|
Reagan and Luca (Both 4)
|Cake Pops (easter themed) – packed with cellophane and ribbon
Chocolate Bunnies on Sticks
|cat A Age 0 to 6||Award: Marketing and most beautiful display|
Massimo (9) and Milla (6)
|handmade little wooden model boats decorated pine cones bracelets chocolate brownies ricecrispie squares||Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: product innovation|
|Jelly & Lemonade
Finn and Aran Both 6 at Bay primary
|Lemonade, Little jelly shots|
|Skye creations / Jessy’s crafts
Skye 10 FHPS
|Skye: Face cloth easter bunnies, flower hippie head bands, chocolate bunnies on sticks, beaded jewellery, glow sticks, fluffy toys
Jessy: beaded jewellery, lucky packets, 1 D goodies, bunny cookies
|Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award: Sales excellence|
Kyra (12) FHPS
Small Cup cakes
Chocolate covered marshmallows
Michaela (16) Lilly (16)
|Face painting, tattoos and they will sing with guitars|
|Team JA Photo booth
|A fun and creative photo booth. People choose their props, smile and click! Photographs are printed immediately and given to client.||Cat C Age 12 to 16||Award: Product innovation and marketing|
|Super Soaps and Goodies
Lucy (7) Sarah (5)
|Cat A Age 0 to 6||Award: Product innovation and marketing|
2nd hand DVD’s
2nd hand books
Melissa (13) FHPS
|Necklaces, Fudge, Goo||Cat C Age 12 to 16||Award: Sales excellence|
Louis (8) Sun Valley
|Fudge & custard choc chip cookies||Cat B Age 7 to 12||Award Salesmanship|
Thank you to all the children and their parents, friends and families for supporting the Pocket Money Market. All feedback and suggestions are always welcome.
This is a new project but I have great plans for the future. I would love to roll it out all over SA and am busy writing some material to make available to grow the educational aspect. Please get in touch is you have any suggestions or contacts for sponsorship via firstname.lastname@example.org or just give me a call on 0833840590
Our wish list for Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market includes: Venue Hire sponsorship, printing, Signs and a banner, prizes, advertising and running costs. All sponsors will be given as much coverage as possible and are welcome to have a display at the market. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can use the following details: FNB Fish Hoek Business acc: Live Lightly acc no: 62477646924. This can be for a specific item or general and If you send your logos and information I will include it everywhere.
Thanks again to all who have supported this project so far. I understand that it is now on the home schooling forums and a number of other platforms too. If you are the admin of any of these sites please get in touch so I can send you direct updates.
Lastly I cannot begin to thank everyone who has helped. I am also very touched by all the amazing feedback and interest. I look forward to seeing some disabled children at the next market and some from orphanages and welfare institutions at the June holiday market too. It is my sincere belief that giving all young children an opportunity to learn skills like this at a young age in a safe, nurturing environment is really enriching may just offer them more choices in later life.
Take care until next time,
P.S. I am feeling my way forward with the reporting…If anyone has a comment on publishing the children’s details please let me know. I have mostly left out surnames here. I also apologies for the delay in publishing this, its been a bit chaotic working from home in the holidays!