Whether it was paintings, mini sculptures, homemade cookies or a pretty piece of jewellery, the initial Homeschool Artisan Market helped give mini entrepreneurs their first taste of retail.
Homeschool students from around the Bundaberg Region set up shop at HSG at the Gardens on Sunday to sell their handmade craft, while also taking the opportunity to mix and mingle with each other.
Five-year-old Lucinda Dumont and her Lauren Corvino came up with the Homeschool Artisan Market idea after Lucinda wanted to sell her handmade craft and make some pocket money to buy puzzles.
The Homeschool Artisan Market idea was well received by others in the homeschool community, and about 10 stallholders were excited and ready to greet customers as they walked down the path at HSG at the Gardens.
Ivy and Alice Montague said they both enjoyed being creative and it was nice to now be able to sell their products to locals.
Ivy’s Wild Iris store was made up of a variety of brightly coloured acrylic or brass earrings, and she said she had really enjoyed her time at the market, which had helped her build skills.
“I thought I wanted to start a business I could take anywhere with me, and so I thought about jewellery,” Ivy said.
“I started with the acrylics, then I moved on to hanging earring and now brass.
“We have sold quite a few already.
“It’s really a great way to make money and while being creative.”
While younger sister Alice had sold out of her handmade pom-pom animals within the first hour of opening.
“It took me about 20 minutes to make each animal and now they’ve all sold,” Alice said.
HSG at the Garden’s Dion Taylor said they had a focus on community, and he welcomed more community groups to approach the Branyan restaurant with unique ideas to celebrate the Bundaberg Region.
“I like the fact the kids have put a little of their heart and soul into their creations,” Dion said.
“It’s custom creativity, and it’s great to see.”
Lauren and Lucinda thanked the other stallholders for taking time to participate in the inaugural Homeschool Artisan Market, and she said they hoped to hold it again before Christmas.
“It’s really good to see so many unique things that the children have been creating,” Lauren said.
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