2018 Events and stats from 2017

Hi everyone and all the best for the year. It is going to be a very busy one for us filled with great things. Bookings are open for around 30 markets already and there are 2 workshop days on 3 Feb and 5 April which will include awards too.

Plans this year are to grow the sustainability side as we start building our own Precious Plastics recycling machines. This will allow any members to collect plastic and use it to produce materials for products, initially we will start with beads as I feel the artisanal content is where we can add real value. Any interested folks are most welcome to participate, we need techies, co-ordinators, sponsors and admins for this project which is aimed at growing the profits for our outreach traders as well as reducing pollution. This is a natural progression from the Plastic Free Pledge which we introduced last June banning single use plastics from our markets.

We also have great plans to grow the performing arts side as it is the way we can reach the most outreach candidates effectively. All performing arts are welcome, age limits are flexible as if there are groups with mixed ages they are welcome. Solo artists up to around 20 years old, all those older than 16 are asked to help out a little behind the scenes. Any teachers or music professionals are invited to join us, we plan a big concert for 16 June and again in Dec at Cape Town’s best venues as well as busking opportunities at all our regular events. Please register here.

I know there are many people asking for events in the Northern Suburbs and Table View areas as well as Strand, Overberg, Boland etc and then PE, Joburg and Durban. Unfortunately I work full time and so until there is some funding I can only really manage central and southern Cape Town areas, however I am more than happy to support anyone willing to arrange events elsewhere and come and do workshops etc.

At this stage we trade every Thursday at Cape Point Vineyards from 4:30 to sunset, second Saturday of every month at Rondebosch Park Market and the last Saturday of every month at Longbeach Mall which is 6 markets a month! Then we also have special events and festivals as well as our flagship Youth Day event at the V&A. Here are the first lot of weekend dates, the times, venues and more about Thursday markets are on the booking page.                                                                                                                                          Jan – 27                                                                                                                                                    Feb: 10 & 17
Mar – 10 & 31 Easter Market (holidays)
Apr – 14 & 28 (long weekend)                                                                                                              May – 12 & 26
Jun – 9, 16 & 30 (holidays)

All traders have to create a pre market advert, complete a detailed accounting sheet with costings and returns and adhere to a number of POS requirements in order to gain their certificate and at each market there is an “Entrepreneur of the Day”.

WANTED: I need volunteers for 2018 please, for buskers management, outreach assistance, youth day flagship event, admin, PR, social media and fundraising. If you have any time to spare we have a need for both online and practical assistance.

LOOKING BACK: In 2017 we had 42 markets of which 15 were full “stand alone” events and 26 were “guest events”, 10 had our young buskers performing and of those 5 were fully “wired for sound”. Also 10 free workshops and 10 speaking engagements plus 3 TV shows and many radio shows. My admin is never up to date but I estimate about 350 kids have participated, maybe 400 including all the performers. Earnings vary dramatically with some kids consistently netting over R1000 per event and others not making R100 but on average its around R350 net profit per stall. This translates into about R110 000 net profit for the kids in the year, sadly about half of the net profit in 2015 and about 25% down on 2016 despite amazing improvements in goods, venues and skills. This is a reflection of the tough economic reality we face, many of the adult traders are experiencing even greater reductions. The only real solution is to raise funds for paid advertising or brand events, get volunteers for PR help and spread the message as far and wide as possible. I tried to communicate the benefits of shopping with us in an article at Christmas, and I believe it applies 24/7, 365.

There is so much potential for growth and improvement but time is limited and funding is hard to find. I have covered expenses in excess of R100K to date and had donations of about R15000 in total since the beginning, mainly paid directly to table hire or for transport. If you would like to assist on any way please check out our back a buddy page and donate or become a champion. I am more than happy to brand events and we have great support from the media.

Thanks for your support, all contact info is below.

See you at the market!

Lin x

Contact Linda: 0833840590
E-mail: linda@livelightly.co.za
First timers please see the https://pocketmoneymarket.com/info-for-first-timers/ page and you are welcome to call for advice.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveLightlyKids
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyMarketSA

16, 20 & 21 Dec events plus awards and free workshop

Hi everyone and welcome to the new traders!

We are pretty much full for 16 and 20 Dec in Rondebosch but let me know if you wish to join and I’ll try make a plan. We also trade every Thursday( except 21 Dec at Carols) Cape point Vineyards. Please drop me a line if you are able to bring a table. I’ll waive the stall fee – we have people wishing to join but no more tables available.
 
Please see each event detailed below:
Thursdays at Cape point Vineyards: Dec 2017: 21, 28. Jan 2018 4, 11,18, 25Bookings on the Monday for the Thurs via Whatsapp (Join the CPV group by sending a request to 0833840590). Trade from 4:30 to sunset. Outdoors, sun, wind etc so please check the forecast when booking and be prepared. 5 Tables available so we share if needs be, up to 10 traders. Tables must be confirmed by 9am on Tuesdays. Mainly tourists so Made in Noordhoek/Cape Town lables are a good idea. Kids activities are also great so long as you can manage in the wind.
Thurs 21 Dec: Oni & King, Khaya, Beauty, Glitter & Skins, Frantastic, Michaela – Face PaintSweet Tooth Brothers, Cook & Craft
Rondebosch Venue:Map: https://external.fcpt1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/map_tile.php?v=29&osm_provider=2&x=18065&y=19674&z=15&language=en_GB Cnr Campground & Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, 7700 Cape Town, Western Cape
Tables supplied, please bring chairs, cloth, sign etc. Umbrellas and Gazebos welcome. Vehicles may unload on site BEFORE 8:45 and then must be parked off site so you cannot have your car at the stall. You can only bring vehicles in much later so I think its easier to unload from the road, we are near the corner of Sandown and Campground roads, its about 20m to carry and you can unload on the pavement quite easily. Some shade but don’t depend on it! Gazebos and brollys are welcome. Outdoor venue and we trade in the wind, only rain will cancel so please check the forecast and decide if you are game. Saturday looks breezy but Rondebosch is not as bad as some parts of Cape Town! However plan a fairly robust display;)
Sat 16 Dec Rondebosch Park Trade from 9:30-1, option to stay on to 2.
Khaya’s Emporium
Sweet Tooth Brothers
Glitter & Skinz
Made by Teens
Gabriels Mucky stuffs
Cook & CraftKing
Made it Pretty
Plants n Stuff
Sweet Treats
Soap Cellar
SHAAW – Second Hand All Around the World
Frantastic
Set up from 9am. Adverts all in, thank you!  https://www.facebook.com/1591673784381762/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1967015790180891It is mandatory for everyone to share them please.
Wed 20 Dec Rondebosch Park Main market is 3-8pm.  We can trade from 4-6:30 so its not too long and BUSKING SLOTS AVAILABLE. Set Up from 2. I’d like us all there as close to 3 as possible but its a long day for younger ones. If you can only come later let me know and I’ll set up a bit for you.https://www.facebook.com/events/337468226719332/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1512205363193065
Khaya’s Emporium
Sweet Tooth Brothers
Glitter & Skinz
Beauty
Gabriels Mucky stuffs
Cook & Craft
King & Oni
SHAAW – Second Hand All Around the World
Made it Pretty
Frantastic
Alley Cats
Plants n Stuff
Sweet Treats
Rainbow Unicorns / CTC
The Soap Cellar
Parents wishing to trade at Rondebosch we are short of tables. I am working on it. Let me know if you have a table. I have Marianne, Ben and Marrihett and Anjo looking for tables. And myself.
GENERAL:
Please remember: NO SINGLE USE PLASTICS at any of our events and regular traders BRING YOUR PLEDGE.

 
Tables are provided for all the kids stalls but you may like to bring a chair. Please bring a cloth.Remember your change float.I attach the accounting sheet and suggest you complete as much as possible at home before the market.Completed sheets must be handed half an hour before the end please, if you need help please just ask during the market. This needs to be completed in order to gain a certificate. 
When you arrive, please see me and book in BEFORE setting up.All stalls must have a sign please.
A couple of rules:
No playing on cell phones during trading please, they are best packed away for security anyway.
Please try not to eat at your stall, it looks unprofessional. I know the kids get peckish and a quick bite is fine but don’t make the stall a picnic area.
No gum chewing while trading please.
While younger kids need adult help I think from about 10/11 years they should be fine without and I am around if they need help. For those needing help please can we keep it to just one adult at the stall, otherwise the event loses the kiddie vibe. 
When you pack up please leave your area immaculate, if you have had messy activities please pick up any bits. 
We are all ambassadors for the PMM and I am always proud that the kids are so much more professional than the pros!
STALL FEES:These are totally voluntary, however it teaches a good lesson about overheads. As there is always a rush to pack up at the end please calculate your stall fees as follows: Work out your net profit on the accounting sheet by the end of trading. It really helps to use this sheet when you prep and keep it up to date while you trade. You are welcome to customize for your products. Fees are not compulsory but do teach the concept of overheads. The general idea is a maximum of R50 per stall but not more than 20% of net profit. This should motivate accurate costings;) If you are raising funds or require start up assistance no fees apply. Please calculate before the end of the market, ask if you need help and if needs be wait until after. The accounting is an important part of PMM, please do not gloss over it.I would prefer fees to be paid electronically into the PMM back a buddy account: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/give-the-pocket-money-market-wings-to-fly If you are happy to do this please write that on the accounting sheet too so I can reconcile. Use your stall name as a ref. You are more than welcome to pay ahead for those of you who know you do well…I can always hold credit if needs be.
ADVERTS
Please send a Jpeg advert as soon as possible, at least three days before the event. I will be sending out links with the ads and it is compulsory to share them please. Please feel free to call me on 0833840590 if you would like any help or have questions. 
 
As always thanks for your support. New traders feel free to shout for help. I think everyone is in the whatsapp group but if not message me on 0833840590.
 
We have some money coming in Jan for our annual awards and a party! I am planning last week of the holidays. There will be a short workshop section, followed by awards and an activity….if we find a suitable venue it will be tie dye. I’m looking at 10 or 11 Jan, 10am to 2pm. All welcome, past and present traders. Non traders may join but will be asked to contribute to costs. Venue suggestions welcome, I have a venue in the far south but perhaps we need more central. If you are keen drop me a line.
 
Full lists of stalls along with the fabulous adverts the kids have made are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyMarketSA
 
We have also had a great little story this week: One of our regular traders is teenager names Khaya and he is a competition skater. He has been saving for a new board and made his target during trading on Saturday. He went directly from the market to Billabong with his cash still in his market tin. The manager queried where he got the money and when Khaya explained he was trading at the Pocket Money Market she was amazing and gave him a huge discount. He was over the moon!
 

 
I am so so proud of these creative and dedicated youngsters, they are more professional than many adult traders and keep impeccable accounting records. They are a delight to work with and customers get awesome products at great prices while they are doing something real to fight unemployment in SA.
 
All traders also sign a Plastic Free Pledge and we permit no single use plastics.
 
This is an NPO, everyone is welcome, start up assistance is available and there are no mandatory fees.
See you at the market!
L
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Heritage Weekend event & new bookings open

We have a fab fun event on Sat 23 Set at the amazing Cape Farmhouse! Thanks so much to Zoe and Vusa Mazula for hosting us!

Dates open for bookings:

23 Sept Fun day at Cape Farmhouse

21 October 2017 Longbeach Mall Saturday 10:30-1
28 October 2017 Cape Town Kite Festival (Muizenberg) 10:00 – 12:00
11 November 2017 Longbeach Mall 10:30-1
14 October True Grit Farmers Market Somerset West 11-1

Trader BOOKING FORM

NB BUSKERS PLEASE SEE THE BUSKING BOOKING LINK: https://pocketmoneymarket.wordpress.com/buskerbookings/

Holidays are coming soon and I will be offering the following modules:

1) Costing & Pricing
2) Marketing & Sales – Incl need identification, market research, 4P’s
3) Operational management – incl production, product optimisation, etc
4) Basic financial management – incl record keeping, capital investment, returns & profitability, depreciation
5) Online marketing & sales – get out of the sun, wind and rain!
All suitable for children from about 6 or 7 up to adults. Younger kids are welcome too although they won’t get quite as much out. Workshops are structured around a fun activity to keep it interesting and largely related to actual traders to keep it practical and real. There is no charge for traders.

Its a short holiday so I’m looking at 3 and 4 Oct only.

Please visit our FACEBOOK page for photos, videos and more regular updates and give our creative traders a like and share!

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Please support us by getting involved HERE!

 

Youth Day report & holiday dates

 

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Just a quick report back today:

We had a lovely Youth Day market at Imhoff Farm on 16 June, many thanks to Imhoff for having us at their delightful venue. The weather played along too thank goodness!

We had 20 stalls and 26 official traders although some “visitors” also joined the fun. The youngest trader was just 4 years old and the oldest 16. I thought the atmosphere was great and I was really pleased to see such good presentation and also lots of refinements by those who have attended workshops.

As always picking a winner is the toughest part of the day, everyone was so fantastic. Congratulations to Kaira and Stella of Cupcakes, Critters & Crafts who won Entrepreneurs of the Day. Their advert was lovely, they sold very well (in fact sold out) and had a fantastic attitude too. They also handled a couple of mishaps with aplomb and all the “secret shoppers” were very complimentary. Highest earner was Robert’s Organic Plants (by a long way!), followed by Hannah’s creations with Kaya and the Soap Cellar joint third. Well done! I am very pleased to see the detailed costings and improvements from the regular traders. On that note some sheets were incomplete or poorly done, they will not be accepted like that again so please take note!

Special mentions to the Soap Cellar for outstanding products, costings and a fabulous stall. Also to Colour Me Crazy for excellent presentation and Hanna’s creations for lovely original products.

For those wanting figures, one trader had a net profit of over R500, 6 traders had a net profit over R300 and another 5 over R200. Considering this is after costs and the kids are between 4 and 16 I think this is pretty good! I am available on skype or you can come and visit if you need some help getting there…this is a safe space to try out all the ideas.

I will do the other awards in the holidays instead of month end this time…I am looking at 13 July (see below). I need some time to study the sheets and think things over  to do the awards in more detail, market days are getting pretty hectic.

If there is enough interest I will do a workshop in the holidays on Wed 13 July from 2 to 4pm with awards after. We should be all done by 4:30 but the kids generally like to socialize a bit and weather permitting I’ll organize a fun activity again. I am flexible with dates but can only do afternoons and evenings so feel free to get in touch if you have an alternative suggestion. Remember workshops are free for traders and any group of 5 or more can initiate one.

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The winner of the LUCKY DRAW was Enid Pemberton. Congratulations Enid, I have mailed your four tickets to Snow World to you, enjoy and thank you for supporting the Pocket Money Market! The lucky draw was a great selling tool for the kids and as each sale = a ticket I think it really boosted sales. If anyone has connections for another prize that would be awesome…even if a company wants to sponsor  something smaller like movie tickets or a voucher…anything would be most appreciated!

Below are some snaps of our traders…in no particular order….Apologies I was a bit busy so didn’t take many pics and I missed a couple. Please send me your photos! Or better still I am hoping for  a young photographer (Hannah?) and a young reporter too. I could really use some help on market days too if anyone is keen, plus admin and PR too.

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Soap Cellar

 

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Kaya: Stick a frame, Twiggit, Scratch n win
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Save the Rhino

 

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Save the Rhino
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Color Me Crazy

 

 

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Cupcakes, Critters and Crafts

 

 

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Funky Dunky Danika

 

 

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Kidz Zone
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O’STEEZ
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Natural Nature & Molly’s Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wishmakers

 

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Robert’s Plants
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Cook n Craft

 

 

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Sweet Pop

 

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Monsters at Work

 

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Hannah’s Creations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Request a Beanie and Sydney’s Gifts

Here is also a link to the ads the kids have to send in before the market…and while you are there please give our Facebook page a like & share: https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyMarketSA/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1737537636462042

Many thanks to Nikki Mountified for her hard work as well as Leigh Palmer for coming to my rescue when I could not fit the tables in my car! My continued thanks to Rotary for supporting the market, I saw a number of their members shopping and to SNOW WORLD for their fabulous prize worth R480!

We were also lucky to have a visit from Kieno Kammies of Cape Talk and they have given us some lovely encouragement. Here is an old article someone sent me that I was not aware of:

http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/13512/your-child-can-become-an-entrepreneur-at-a-young-age-find-out-how

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Please book here for the next market at Longbeach Mall on 9 July and I will open booking for 6 August this week too:

https://pocketmoneymarket.wordpress.com/market-stall-bookings-for-kids-from-3-to-16?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

Until now I have collected the stall fees at the end and adjusted down where takings are on the low side. However its too chaotic to manage so all fees will have to be paid up front from now, unless you make a special arrangement ahead of time. If any children do not earn enough I will be happy to credit them but this will be done at a later stage when I have time to assess properly. ( I work on not more than 20% of net income as a guide) Please remember you may apply for charity dispensation and outreach stalls are at no charge. I also have some start up assistance available for outreach too. This is a non profit, I do this in my own time “for the love” and self fund but I am really battling to stay afloat. Certificates, prizes, and a host of set up costs need to be paid, plus each event takes about 5 working days to set up. I work full time too so its not perfect, but on balance I think still worth doing. If anyone is able to assist in any way…nothing is too small. Printing is a constant expense and posters, accounting sheets and certificates are essential. It is my dream to get a proper sponsor and “do it properly” – I have a document prepared if you have any ideas!

Lastly we are now on Instagram too: https://www.instagram.com/pocketmoneymarket/

Thanks to everyone for your support!

Lin

PS sorry this is not a very pretty report…having a glitchy day and nothing wants to go where is should…but the basics are all there.

 

Feb Winners, March plans & bookings are open.

I am so impressed with the improvements I have seen in the regular traders this month.

We adapted to a new format of smaller weekly markets instead of the larger monthly events of last year. We are really lucky to have space every Thursday at Cape Point Vineyards and although week day evenings are tricky for many kids, it has been super for them to be part of a “real”trading environment. We did manage one Saturday event too at The Red Herring so a bumper month with 5 markets…with another 5 in March too. Stalls can be booked here: https://pocketmoneymarket.com/market-staltstl-bookings-for-kids-from-3-to-16/

The grand prize for February was kindly sponsored by THE SWEETEST THING PATISSERIE in Simon’s Town and is a voucher for R250 and a tour of the business with some hands on experience of running a small business from real entrepreneurs.

And the winner is….

Over all Entrepreneur of the month for February 2016:                                                       Robert Palmer – Robert’s Organic Magic Plants. Robert progressed a long way this month, getting to grips with his accounting and he produces all his wares without assistance, using things with little or no cost. In addition his point of sale displays are great and although he is not naturally a salesman or people person, his product knowledge and love of plants equips him to hold his own with even the most demanding clients. Robert also picked up a job at the market and did a day’s planting – a lovely bit of market penetration. Congratulations Robert!

Robert was SO excited…he was actually gunning for Best Display so overall winner was a huge surprize.

Other awards went to:

Sales Excellence We All Scream for Ice Cream Emma Colyna1
Presentation & Point Of SaleExcellence Message in the bottle Rawk Dudley-Steada2
 Salesmanship The Sweets  Francesca McCann-Pereira3
Product & presentation excellence Beeswacky Ethan Hunter
Sales Supporter: Ryan Hunter BeeswackySm
Best original product Table Mountain Dragons Joanna Deppe7
Salesmanship To good to be true Josh Changfoot
Jed Volschenk
Innovation & Point of Sale The Fun Spot Josiah Mortlock- 8
Kian Mortlock- 56
Consistancy and positivity ICED 3 (Iced Tea) Neve Martin
Seth Martin
Finn Martin
Presentation of products & best turned out  traders Sweet Truth Michael & Stephen Bottcher20160204_175751
Accounting excellence, Best newcomer Magical Mischief Kiana Rayne Sonnenberg18
Ability to improvise & innovate Face Painting Kyara Russell17

There are also certifcates of participation for all the children who attended in February, please get in touch to arrange to get them. Thank you so much to Cape Point Vineyards for having us and they also kindly printed this month’s certificates.

The Febuary focus was COSTING & PRICING the goods with ACCOUNTING in mind. This did not appeal initially but is really the foundation in many ways and once the kids get it they ralise how helpful it is. It is a juggling act to keep it light enough to be fun while ensuring the project goals are achieved…so awards are a massive motivator and the smaller format markets provide much more time for me to work with the youngsters. On Saturday we had a workshop and everyone who attended recieved an ebook on costing and pricing too – I think (hope) many pennies droppped. March will focus on ADVERSING, POINT OF SALE & MARKETING, April will have MARKET PENETRATION, DIVERSIFICATION & PRODUCT OPTIMISATION as a theme. Newcomers will have a chance to catch up as we will cycle through all the material regularly, I am happy to repeat modules for any group of 5 or more and each session takes about an hour. There is no charge for these and all are welcome.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be adding the pages to this website for each child who wishes to trade between markets so you can order directly.

 

We featured in the Weekend Argus as well as the community papers and I have done a lot of radio this month too. However  A SPONSOR is still desparately needed as I am still self funding. Winter is on the way and I need to hire indoor venues and I also need large weekend venues for the monthly bigger markets as well as workshops and training. Prizes, learning material, transport and subsidization for the outreach kids all need to be sorted. I see so much potential but am unable to fufil it all as I still work 2 jobs – if I could give up one then this could really take flight.

At the end of the day, I am in SA for the long haul and raising my child here. The only way forward is to do what we can to make it work and it seems to me that much of what is wrong stems from financial insecurity and children who are often largely unparented. The Pocket Money Market has two main aims: The primary objective is nurturing a spirit of entrepreneurship in young children with the long term goal that more South Africans will be able to sustain themselves independently and possibly in a more flexible lifestyle conducive to less commuting and more active parenting. The second objective is to bring real and immediate income generation to families where the means for the children to join the Pocket Money Market are simply not available, via the outreach programme.

The current group of children are really starting to earn well and paying for meaningful things and saving decent amounts. I believe one day they will be able to work for themselves and take care of their families. We have been running a year already and I think I have some 200 accounting sheets on file which is a requirement of each stall. I anticipate at least double that this year, possibly much more.

I simply do not have the time to fundraise but if you have any ideas or contacts please drop me a line: linda@livelightly.co.za

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As always thanks to everyone who supports this project and my sister Nikki for all her hard work and especially for arranging this lovely prize.

If anyone missed the last report on the actual markets please check it out here: https://pocketmoneymarket.com/budding-bransons-took-flight-in-feb-awards-free-seminar-march-schedule/

See you at the market!

Lin

Bookings Open For Feb Markets At Cape Point Vineyards Every Week

PMM flyer Feb 16

I am absolutely thrilled to announce we have been given a great new venue!

We have 10 stalls every Thursday at the fabulously popular Cape Point Vineyards Community Market.

The first one is already on 4 Feb so please help me make the most of this amazing opportunity by booking a stall.

Bookings are open for 4, 11, 18 and 25 Feb here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sX_5GJAh7sJr4iNLBf7FjfGHipEpuPmgs9muWOODp0c/viewform Please complete the form with all details, otherwise you application cannot be processed.

Trading will be from 5 to 7pm, older chidren may trade on later if they wish.
Setup details will follow, we need to be mindful of traffic as this is a BUSY market.
Venue: Cape point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Contact Linda: 0833840590
E-mail: linda@livelightly.co.za
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveLightlyKids
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PocketMoneyMarketSA

Applications will work on first come first serve with some preference to those who attended in 2015 if we are oversubscribed. If you wish to attend more than one a month that will be possible if all applicants have been accomodated and there is still space.

Stalls are R50 for one or 2 children and an extra R10 for additional children. Tables are provided at this venue.

Goods and services:
Please note some details may change as we are still in the trial phase at this venue. We may not clash with existing vendors, details are in the booking form.

ACTIVITY STALLS ARE ENCOURAGED. I prefer to avoid “made in China”. Please note electricity points are not available.
I would encourage a variety of items for their first market to get a feel for what sells. Plants, veggies and herbs, crafts, activities like guessing the number of sweets in a jar, temporary tattoos and nail decoration are all fun and easy. I suggest keeping some items small and simple and selling them at lower prices but a few larger items with a higher return help to bump up profits a lot. 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, upcycling and creativity are encouraged.

The young children battle to concentrate for two hours so I advise keeping the set up time minimal and stalls simple. The children will get a simple sheet to complete  with expenses, float, takings and profit. This is compulsory as the aim of this project is to educate. As this is an evening event, accounting forms can be completed at home and returned via e-mail. Certificates will then me emailed back unless you prefer to collect at a later stage. Awards will take place monthly and winners will be given opportunities to trade at the bigger events in the year and a early booking option for each month.

I am looking for children who would like to become Pocket Money Market photographers and reporters too.

As always feedback, suggestions, help and sponsors or donations to costs and prizes are welcome as are volunteers to assist with the outreach children, graphic design, PR and loads more!

Many thanks to Cape Point Vineyards for this fantastic oppotunity. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

PS The last market report is here: https://pocketmoneymarket.com/2016/01/14/december-pocket-money-market-report/

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December Pocket Money Market Report

 

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

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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!

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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.

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Here is a slideshow of some snaps. Please send me any more photos you may have to linda@livelightly.co.za 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.canada pmm