IF YOUR children love baking or making accessories like bracelets, then they might want to join the Creative Kids Market organised by event venue Hello Deer, which is the sister company of the Wondermilk cupcake shop.
While Hello Deer has organised markets in the past, this is the first time it is organising one with child and teen vendors.
Liyana Azizi, co-ordinator at Hello Deer, said, “We always organise markets and a few of our markets are quite popular. We are very happy with the one we had during Hari Raya and the Little People Market, which we are having on Nov 26. It is a market for kids’ stuff sold by vendors. Most of our customers and clientele are parents. Wondermilk started out 10 years ago and our customers have grown with us. Now, they are parents and every time we have a market, there will be a good crowd. Our vendors are also very pleased with the crowd. This is held almost twice a year.
“We also have workshops during the school holidays. We have had cupcake decorating, crafts and sewing workshops in the past. The sewing workshop saw a brand bringing their sewing machines so the kids could experience using them.
“This year, for the school holidays, we thought we would do something different by having this Creative Kids Market with goods sold by the kids.”
While it is a risk because Hello Deer has not done this before, the company is giving it a go and if the event is successful, it will definitely be held again.
At the time of the interview there were still some slots available for children who want to sell their products (baked goods, drinks, accessories, crafts, handmade items) or even pre-loved items. According to Liyana, those who had signed up are very keen to sell their wares.
One of the participants is Andi Miranti, 17. According to his mother Intan Miranti, Andi is planning to sell the books he has written and illustrated from his Ned Dickens series. He will also have his Andi Tees T-shirts for sale. Andi Tees is his T-shirt line which he designed around his autism experience. So far there are two designs.
“As always, he will be donating a portion of sales to a charity or good cause. This has been a ‘tradition’ since his first bazaar experience, which we have encouraged to help him develop a sense of community service. We encourage Andi to choose lesser-known good causes as the recipients, as part of our Share the Spotlight initiative, meant to use the increased media and public awareness of autism to highlight causes that have not had as much attention.
“Due to his autism, Andi does struggle with communicating about his products. For the past year, we have introduced a Young Sales Apprentice programme which gives other young people a chance to to benefit by earning a commission when they sell his books and T-shirts, by helping them practise their speaking skills, and by building their self-confidence. The Young Sales Apprentices are also briefed on the charity or good cause that Andi supports, and that helps these young people learn, too. Andi benefits by having help with the selling aspect.
“Andi might need much more adult help than other kids, in setting up and managing his booth, but he is making progress every day,” says Intan.
Details on his products and the good causes he has contributed to through sales can be found at his Facebook page “Ned Dickens – Original Comic Character by Andi Miranti”.
The Creative Kids Market will be held on Dec 3 from 10am-5pm at Hello Deer, 39 Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. The market space is just above the Wondermilk shop.
Young entrepreneurs aged between eight and 17 can sell their handmade products and explore any aspect of creativity that they enjoy from creating art, making crafts, open up a lemonade stand, sell baked goods, play music or just about anything they can think of.
“We are strong in the ‘markets’ scene so we thought the Creative Kids Market could help them gain more customers and boost their self-confidence, especially if it’s their first time venturing into something like this,” said Liyana.
There is a small fee for children who want to join the market as vendors. Liyana said it is just to help them understand about cost and how a business is run.
Liyana said Hello Deer is confident that even though the Creative Kids Market is being held on the first floor of a row of shoplots, the response will be good as the venue has seen a steady stream of customers at previous markets held there.
She said that the Creative Kids Market is a good opportunity for children who like to bake or make crafts. They often end up with an oversupply of items at home, and the market offers them a chance to sell their wares.
“Kids these days are pretty creative. They watch videos on YouTube and they learn how to make crafts. We encourage the crafty ones because we want to teach them how to do business. Their parents might be business owners who understand what is involved and would be able to teach their children. We allow the parents to help but we do not encourage them to take over and they cannot sell for their children,” said Liyana.
Parents with kids who are keen to become vendors at the Creative Kids Market can apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.