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Calling all kids….want to run a market?

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Hey kids, have you ever dreamt of running your own market stall? Well good news, a kids run market for kids is coming to the South side!

Started by a group of volunteers, mums and proud community members of South Canberra, The Little Village Markets came to life after a coffee date turned into an inspirational idea. Totally self funded by locals Tara Swift and Tracy Hall of Trace of Colour Designs, the markets are a way for kids to learn about running their own business on a small scale.

“We talk a lot in this community about leaders and I think this is just one aspect,” says Tracy.

 “They have to lead this, they have to learn about pricing, about product development, they have to make their own product, they have to work out how much they’ve spent on that and then they have to price it to make a profit…they are responsible for all of those elements in running a stall.”

“It’s very important! It’s a lesson learned for kids and hopefully they get a little bit of pocket money.”

Running Saturday 11 September from 2pm to 4pm, registrations for a stall are now open and with only 10 spots left they want a variety of offerings, from classic crafts to services and busking. 

“We have a lot of stalls already registered for kids making cupcakes, biscuits and slices which is fantastic!” says Tracy. “What we need more of is a bit more of the crafts.”

“We’ve had one person doing propagated plants with his grandfather…I thought that was a brilliant idea.”

Open to kids aged 15 and under, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. In some special cases 17 and 18 year olds can accompany a younger sibling to be a part of the fun. 

Registering for a stall is free however Tracy says all stallholders will need to raise their own start-up costs. Supported by the Gordon Community Centre and Luxton Coffee, The Little Village Markets are also asking stall holders that make a profit to donate what they can to help the community. 

“The Gordon Community Centre is allowing us to use their building for free, they run a community pantry and if you make a profit on the day we’re asking for a donation toward the pantry,” says Tracy.  “That provides vulnerable people of our community here down South with food.”

As proud supporters of the community, Tracy and Tara are excited to launch what they hope to be the first kids market for kids. 

“I think we were already quite community spirited, all of our kids play out on the street,” says Tracy. 

“We’re just taking that next step to involve all of the community as well.”

For more information visit The Little Village Markets Facebook page. 


What: The Little Village Markets

When: Saturday 11 September from 2pm to 4pm

Where: The Gordon Community Center

Web: The Little Village Markets Facebook page

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