The kids were busy on Saturday … busy showcasing their talents and earning a little money.
Set up outside Me and My Feet at 1570 E. F St., Oakdale, the All-Kids Craft Fair saw participation from a number of youngsters who took advantage of the opportunity to offer their products, crafts and ideas. Booth spaces were free for the fair.
The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and Me and My Feet co-hosted the event, which featured items handmade and sold by the kid entrepreneurs.
Among those on hand was Olive Harrison, 7, of Valley Springs who had some items for sale and also provided information about her Pig Luv Co., a rescue for pet pigs. It seems many people opt to get rid of their pig once they have grown beyond the cute ‘pet’ stage they were purchased for, and her Pig Luv Co. is a rescue for those animals. Mascot Princess Buttercup, a 7-month old pig, was on hand for festive holiday photo opportunities at the booth as well.
The Robinson sisters of Oakdale, eight-year-old Olivia, 12-year-old Laura and 13-year-old Rebekah, all brought a variety of items to sell, from embroidery to painting to felt crafts.
“There are a lot of new people to meet,” said Rebekah, enjoying the chance to visit with customers and sell some items.
She taught herself how to embroider and had some wall hangings for sale at the event.
Also setting up shop were a group of Knights Ferry students, Molly Link, Alexis Elting, Danyca Donahue and Maddy Watson, raising money for their school trip to Washington, DC.
The Kimball sisters from Delhi – 14-year-old Lynnaea and 12-year-old Mikayla – had items ranging from homemade laundry soap to bracelets.
“I am more than pleased,” said Jennifer Brown of Me and My Feet. “Last year was the first year and this year we have lots of crafters and shoppers, I’m excited for my entrepreneurs, it teaches them young, gives them some business skills.”
Desa Cammack of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce also pointed to a partnership this year with the Bank of Stockton, where youngsters can attend a free workshop and learn about business, as well as receive a small bank bag to help with their accounting while out working their booths.
“We doubled from last year,” Brown added of the youths participating. “Next year I would love to see it double again.”