LOGAN – A group of young entrepreneurs dressed in purple shirts will be joining Logan’s Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend, July 13 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m across from the Tabernacle. The Children’s Entrepreneur Market is joining Logan City for the second year in a row. Their markets span across 11 Utah cities from Logan to St. George.
Lynne Fife, Market Manager, said their goal with expanding throughout the state is to give as many children as possible to have the opportunity to have a free market experience.
“Kids love to sell things,” Fife said. “We try to provide the venue and bring in potential customers for them, but the kids do all the selling.”
Parents are allowed to help their children with set up and products, but only children are allowed to process the entire transaction, from the sale to receipt.
“An adult is so impressed when a child can articulate what they are selling, why they started and why they chose that product,” Fife explained.
Children age 5-16 can participate in the market and can bring any product they choose, homemade or store bought. Fife said items vary each year and include the latest trends.
“Last year, we had a lot of fidget spinners. This year you’ll see a lot of homemade slime and bath bombs,” she said.
Other items include doll clothes, wood crafts, lip balm, oil paintings, bow ties, magic wands, and chicken eggs. Attendees are encouraged to purchase lunch there, with kids selling hot dogs, cinnamon rolls, bread, honey, cotton candy, fudge, snow cones, and other baked treats.
Fife said the learning experience for children is hard to beat.
“They come to a market and totally bomb and have a great conversation with parents about pricing, competition, and products. Sometimes they’ll completely change their products, or just make a small adjustment, and come to the next market and have a really successful day, which fits in with the real business experience.”
There is a wide variety of ages and participation levels.
“I’ve seen a two-year-old sell soap like nobody’s business,” Fife said. Other children might get too nervous to be able to sell in a busy setting. Either way, the kids walk away with a great memory.
Fife encourages the community to come out and support the kids.
“I can very easily get hundreds of kids to sign up, but it can’t be successful for them unless they have customers,” she explained. Customers give children practice selling and understanding what makes a good product.
“It helps teach children to talk to adults. It’s always good to role play before the market so they have an idea of how they are going to sell to real customers.”