Often if you're a crafter or fan of making your own preserves or growing your own vegies, you'll end up making or growing far more than you can use. What do you do with all the surplus?
One option that we've come up with among the local homeschool community is to have our own markets. This both gives an outlet for those who are producing something to find customers for their goods, and it encourages children and families to work together, get motivated and creative and produce something for sale...and then get to plan out how they will set it out, how they will interact with their customers and also they get to practice their maths/money skills with taking payment and giving out change.
Plus the children/families get to work out how to spend their income. Last year our children earned enough to buy a bicycle each from a local retiree who restores old bikes...so they got what they wanted and had also blessed another DIYer by buying his goods.
There will be various items homemade, homegrown and other cottage industries...and a cafe! Last year it turned out to be a very social event, with participants mingling for hours. So this year we're trying to accommodate the socialising with somewhere to sit (in the shade!) and chat over a cuppa and cake....or sausage sandwich. I will also mention that the lovely mum running the cafe is gluten free, so will have food catering to those with allergies.
We have also opened the stall holding opportunity up to the Simple Living community this year, the more the merrier! Holding a stall costs just $5 (to help cover advertising).
Anyone interested just needs to contact me (Racheal Cameron) via the contact form on this website and I can reserve you a place at the markets.
Stallholders need to bring their own shade and float, and preferably their own table/chairs as there are only limited tables and chairs at the venue.
If holding a stall is not your thing, please come and check the markets out on Saturday 15th October, and we'd love it if people would mention the markets on their blogs and social media to help spread the word.
Hope to see you there!