There are plenty of business-savvy kids in Macarthur and this year they’ll have a chance to show off their wares in the same place.
Sharyn Wye’s Bubs and Tweens Indoor Market started life as a chance for vendors to sell goods designed for kids zero to 12 years old.
But this year, something different is happening at Camden Civic Centre.
In addition to regular stallholders spruiking their goods, the market will also welcome a host of youngsters sharing their own businesses.
Ms Wye said once she had agreed to take on one junior stallholder, she was amazed by how many other local children had their own businesses and an interest in meeting customers at the market.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to get into the business market,” she said.
“A lot of these kids have built up their own following and have great support from their parents.
“I didn’t expect to have so much interest.
“This is only the first time I’ve got young entrepreneurs as stallholders but I think it definitely has potential to become a regular thing.
“There aren’t many places that can welcome young stallholders because of things like insurance, but luckily my insurance covers them.
“I’ve got 20 kid entrepreneurs lined up.”
Ms Wye said she was so inundated with requests for stalls that she had asked Camden Council for use of an extra room on the day.
The Macarthur-raised market-runner said she had started her own business when she was young and it had taught her plenty of life lessons.
“You get a good sense of how to talk to people and be a professional,” she said.
“It builds self-esteem, financial efficiency and motivation.”
Some of the local children who will be holding stalls at the Bubs and Tweens Market include St Helens Park’s Zach Mousalli and his business Z Streetwear, Minto’s Astrid Graham and tie-dye charity Help Astrid Pay it Forward, and Harrington Park’s Izaac Wilson and his landscaping business Zaac’s Garden Service.
Ms Wye encouraged everyone to head to the market on Sunday, March 3 to support not just the children, but all stallholders there on the day.
“This is a unique market, there’s nothing else like it out there,” she said.
“Why not head out and support these young entrepreneurs?”
The market will be held indoors at the civic centre from 9am-noon. The event includes free children’s entertainment and a large range of stalls. Entry is $3 adult, children are free.