Daily Archives: June 29, 2011

the plum and daisy stand

My eldest has been begging me for months for money-making opportunities. She’s been fired up by lemonade stand ideas, a Fancy Nancy fashion boutique story, her friend’s cookie making enterprise, and so on.

Problem: we live at the end of a cul-de-sac. I love it for the safety, that my girls can ride their bikes and scooters at any time, that Macie can chase a ball in the street and I don’t have to leap shrieking from my perch on my folding chair on the driveway (classy, no?). But for a lemonade stand or fashion boutique, or a yard sale, for that matter, the lack of drive-by or walk-up traffic can be a bit of a bummer, especially for a 6 year old.

But, after months of pleading, I finally caved when Bailey suggested selling the plums she picked at summer camp yesterday. Though my conscience was a bit concerned about the ethics of selling fruit that was given to Bailey freely by a kind teen girl running a FREE summer camp for the kids from our church, I figured I could offer my own cash to the sweet summer camp girl when I tell her the story.

Ethics out of the way, the next concern was customers! I did give a little notice on Facebook to my local friends (okay, I shamelessly begged for some drive-bys) and ended up having a lovely conversations with myself (Bueller? Bueller?). But armed with taped together cardstock, Bailey fashioned her sign (I wasn’t going to run to the store for posterboard at 9am, sorry) and was ready to open up shop.

Then Natalie had to get in on the action. She has plums that she picked at summer camp, as well, but we’d already discussed how she wanted to keep and actually eat them, since she likes plums. Hmmmm, what else can the Nat sell . . . daisies! Sign #2, a card table and folding chairs, and the merchandise; and the girls were in business.

Teehee, the signs are my favorite part. Design and execution all their own.

Macie, of course, had to get in on the action. She was quite keen on the MONEY aspect (she loves to carry handfuls of change around the house) until I put the cashbox away and she went off to play in their new tent (my project I teased about yesterday).

Who could resist these two cuties?

Bailey was adorable. She kept asking me how we could get customers to come and dreaming up brilliant ideas.

“Did you give lots of details on facebook about the plums? Details make things more interesting and make more people buy them.”

“Will you tell them that the plums that I’m selling are very juicy and ready to eat?  Some are sweet and some are tart!”

“Hmmm, we need to make this more exciting so more people will come.”

Sweet, excited girl.She reminded me of myself four years ago when I first set up shop as a photographer–I was naively convinced that all I’d have to do to get an enormous client base was simply create a website and print myself up some business cards. Customers would surely come rolling in!

For my girls’ sake, I’m so grateful for their local grandma who found time to stop by for a little shopping and even brought a friend! Two satisfied customers and two very happy girls later, they’ve each earned $3 for the day, which isn’t bad at all for a dead-end street.

While they were busy selling (and playing) I was working away on my dresser re-do. Remember the before?

She’s shaping up! Today I finished the sanding, wiped the entire surface down with a tack cloth, and rolled on a couple coats of primer. This is going to be so pretty when it’s done!

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