I hope everyone had a wonderful festive season. December came and went in a flash so I am finally catching up with the report. My notes are rather brief so feel free to correct me if needs be!
Thank you so much to everyone who supported the market and congratulations to all the talented children, we had 38 young traders on the day. Looking at the sheets, it was impossible to pick winners as everyone was fantastic. We extended from 5 planned awards to 9, but I still feel there are more worthy of special mention.
The awards went to:
Table Mountain Dragons: Best original product – Joanna Deppe (Homeschooled) *Newsflash* I have just heard that Joanna has exported her first dragon to California via Etsy. Congratulations!
Colourful Chameleons : Product innovation and advertising – Keona Missing (Sun Valley Primary), Meg Holman (Montessori Noordhaven), Rebecca Bennet (Sun Valley Primary)
Create a Cupcake: Salesmanship – Michale and Ross Joubert (Sun Valley Primary)
Message in a Bottle: Product design/upcycling – Rawk Dudly-Stead
Beach Babes: Best advert – Camryn Tabraham (Reddam), Georgia Brown (Reddam), Kyla-RoseTabraham (Reddam)
Creative Kids: Best stall- Evah, Asher, Joshua and Adi Read (Homeschooled)
Stocking Stuffers: Product innovation and originality – Ella, Frida and Lulu (Homeschooled)
The Beeswacky Project: Best Ethical Product – Ethan Hunter (Homeschooled) *Ethan is just 5 years old!
Sweeet Surprise: Salesmanship and overall Entrepreneur of the Day – Jed Volschenk
Congratulations! Unfortunately I dont have everyone’s school details and some surnames are also missing, if you let me know I will complete these details.
There was fierce competition in the pre market advertising with Beach Babes edging out the colourful chameleons by 35 likes to 34 and Steele Stall in Third. Please go and see the fabulous adverts these clever kids made here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1672818536267286.1073741838.1591673784381762&type=3
I only ever have a chance to go through the accounting sheets after the event so profits are not much of a factor for awards. I must thank all my “spies” who give me feedback on products and salesmanship among other things. During the event I try and watch traders as closely as possible and chat to everyone, but some of the best feedback is from the “secret shoppers”! This market was really quite hectic and as it was really hot we were swift with gathering sheets and doing awards so some of the accounting was a tad sketchy.
The top earners were Beach Babes, I make the takings about R1000, a new record! Well done girls! B and E Crafts (Bedine and Emil Erasmus) did really well too and their accounting sheet is perfection iteslf. I am sorry this is so late, but you guys get a late award for it! Christmas Mouse was another good earner and Table Mountain Dragons too.
There are some special mentions…It is so hard picking winners and it was all terribly close: Gabi’s Adoption Centre (Gabi Fisher) was just too lovely, All Sorts (Rachel Davidson) did really well, Urban Freedom Kids (Massimo and Milla) always blow me away with their lovely crafts, The Steele Stall (Samson and Benjamin) had many secret shopper compliments and I have had awesome feedback about the delicious goodies, Dogz and Drinkz (Emma Colyn) made thebest lemonade in the world, Gnarly Christmas (Stephen & Michale Dreyer) are always a delight to have and the Merrimakers…well you guys were exactly that! The merriest, most festive crew ever!
Many thanks to Claire for hosting us at the lovely venue at Noordhoek Creatives Studio and as always to my sister Nikki for all her help.
Sadly I am uncertain of the future markets at this stage as I have self funded them for 2015 and without a sponsor I am not sure I can continue. While its not a lot of money, it all adds up and on top of the time constraints I need to be realistic. Also this was a learning year and going forwards it should have proper infrastructure and some advertising budget as well as a budget for outreach, ideally. I really believe in the concept and that a sponsor would benefit hugely but I don’t have the time to chase one as I discovered thats a full time job on its own. With a budget of zero and a handful of hours this year I have a file of “accounting sheets” from I think about 200 children from all walks of life. I have been told of certificates being framed and touching stories of how the proft was spent. It all gives me quite a lump in my throat and I’d love to do it all better and more, especially the outreach. For more on my ambitions please see the paragraph titled “The Bigger Picture” here:https://pocketmoneymarket.com/info-for-first-timers/ and if your school would be interested please get in touch too. I have a real feeling a Valentines Market on Sat 13 Feb should be the next one but I’ll need to start moving NOW, so if you have any ideas for a sponsor I need one like air.
I am keenly aware that its all been a bit rough and ready, but at least it happened and its been great. Thank you.
Here is a slideshow of some snaps. Please send me any more photos you may have to email@example.com or share them on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyMarketSA/ or Tweet @LiveLightlyKids
There is an incredible event on the weekend of 11-13 March called Greenpop Reforest Fest: FAMILY weekend 2016 . I cannot reccomend highly enough that you try and take your children. It is a tree planting event in a beautiful forest near Stanford, about 2 hours from Cape Town. I think its the easiest way to be an awesome parent while having a blast and doing something amazing for the planet. There are loads of interesting talks, music and a heap of other fun activities. Check out http://www.greenpop.org/ and you are welcome to contact me for info too or if your school would like to know more. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/events/1525424831110231/
Oh and PS: So proud of our Canada crew too! Just wish we could get such great support here.