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Help a Mom: Kids craft sale ideas

Posted September 24, 2013

Rainbow Loom bracelets

As most parents of grade schoolers know, the Rainbow Loom is huge right now. Kids are spending hours weaving colorful rubber bands on the plastic looms to create bracelets, rings, necklaces and more.

I've written about it, Lynda has written about it, The New York Times has written about it.

I received an email from a local mom who hopes to help her daughter take it to the next level - she'd like to sell them. Here's what the mom wrote: 

"We did the Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea last Sunday and she sold Rainbow Loom necklaces, bracelets, etc. She is eight years old and quite the crafter. Do you have any other ideas for the eight-year-old to sell her craft? She has a lot left and we would love to do another vendor spot, but I'm not sure of a place that would have kids. She has a business name, her own email address, and getting into making her own money :) We are trying to teach her about advertising and business concepts - supply and demand, etc. Any help that you can give would be wonderful. She is a talented kid!"

This mom talks of the monthly event at  Ornamentea, which I've written about. The day includes craft vendors and food trucks along with a special spot for young crafters. It's a great opportunity for kids like this eight-year-old.

I've written about a few other one-time festivals that have included a spot for kids to sell their wares. But I'd love to learn about other regular opportunities for kids in the region. 

I've actually seen kids in my neighborhood selling them on a corner as part of a lemonade stand. And our neighborhood also has kid vendors selling treats and items at an annual July 4 parade. Neighborhood Halloween parties and fall festivals might be other opportunities to sell.

But I would love to hear from other parents who have kidpreneurs ... so to speak. 

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  • shall6 Sep 25, 2013

    I love that idea @mbglbenn!

    Sarah

  • mbglbenn Sep 25, 2013

    I am interested in this as well because my 10 year old whips these bracelets out by hand. She is trying to figure out a way to sell them and donate 100% to the Wake County SPCA. As a community outreach, we're hoping her school will let her set up a table at events like the book fair, open house. We haven't gone so far as to create a name and so on, but we're getting there. Maybe she can choose a charity and ask to have a display set up there.