Speaking of creativity + entrepreneurship (yesterday’s post) …
Porter recently got an idea of how he could earn some extra money. He woke up early, got out his paper and markers, and nearly finished his sign before anyone else was even awake that day. You know that feeling when you get an idea and you’re so excited about it you just run like the wind with the idea? That was Porter. He starting pulling little toys out of the play room and labeled them. Fifty cents for this. Ten cents for this. Everything under a dollar.
I was fully supportive. Heck yes. Porter is always so charitable and giving and this is his first real entrepreneurial endeavor.
The marketing? He made a list of all the families he wanted me to notify about “the sale”. I happily sent the email.
I suggested he sell some original handmade coloring books in addition to the toys. He created all the art. I took care of scanning & printing. He collated. I stapled. It was beautiful team work. (Let’s just say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree here.)
I also suggested that he sell homemade treats. Just trying to make his shop even more marketable. Claire got involved and helped me make Chex Muddy Buddies and Pretzel Hugs. Porter wrote the treat names. I scanned, printed, cut and stapled the bag labels. We all participated in snacking on the scraps. : )
We set up shop on this past Monday since there was no school (thank you, Mr. Columbus, for giving us an excuse to have a day off). The shop was B-U-S-Y. So many supportive friends & neighbors came.
It was so busy, in fact, that we blew right through all the snacks and decided to take pre-orders … 9 more packages of Chex Muddy Buddies which we delivered later in the day. (I had to explain the concept of pre-orders to Porter.)
[ My TOP TEN notes-to-self from this experience ]
10. Porter learned how to take a little idea and carry it out in a big way. Yay for that.
9. The boost in self-confidence is priceless. Porter was beaming about how many friends came to his “Sale”.
8. Wear tennis shoes for an outdoor sale because chasing after Crew down the street 7 times in flip flops isn’t the best idea ever.
7. Sell water bottles.
6. Make more treats. Have samples available for those who want to taste-test.
5. Encourage Porter to start working on his next coloring book.
4. I love where we live.
3. I love shade.
2. Being a mom is the best ever.
1. Taking the time (it was a chunk of time) to guide Porter through this process was totally worth it. We are so doing this again.