Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GaTE Marketplace, year 2

Our entrepreneur is at it again! After the success of selling freshly made waffles at GaTE Marketplace last year, this year I suggested that Bilal find a less labor intensive product to market to the students at Paine Elementary. We grossed a lot of money for the Gifted and Talented Education program, but the work involved was a bit much, especially for the parents! This year Bilal wasn't involved in a partnership, and the product could be made well ahead of time: jewelry. Admittedly, it wasn't a completely unique concept; Hamza sold guitar pick necklaces at marketplace, with a good bit of success several years ago. This year we had made a little over 50 necklaces. We saved money on the raw materials by purchasing guitar picks in bulk online, and keeping the design relatively simple. Also, the clearance racks at Michaels were great!

I got to school a little earlier, and was able to set up the tables before Bilal came.

Some necklaces had charms, others beads, and some both. We also chose some characters such as Star wars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Star Wars, in particular, is always a hit! This was my favorite necklace, I loved the way it turned out:

Princess Leia!

As is typical, I donated the cost of my materials to the school, so the gross profits were about $68 and some change. Not bad, for 2 hours of work!

Next year will be the final year that Bilal participates in Marketplace, and I know his mind is already spinning with ideas for a new product to sell!


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