Monmouth Children’s Market
The Wednesday before Christmas saw Monmouth’s first ever Children’s Market. Over twenty local children, ranging in age from 7 to 18, gathered at the Shire Hall to sell their home-made goods. There was a wide variety of food and gifts for sale: artworks including pottery, paintings and photography by young local artists, decoupage covered furniture, and some curiosities such as bowls made out of old records and hand-carved walking sticks.
There were dog biscuits in various flavours, home-made Christmas decorations, beautiful and tasty edible tree decorations from “Baublicious”, hand-knitted hats scarves and jumpers, original jewelry and “The Viking Voyager” selling traditional craft products including faux fur gilets and sets of runes. The stalls were beautifully decked out for the festive season and the quality of the goods on offer was impressive. It was a real showcase for the creative and entrepreneurial skills of local children.
There was a good stream of customers throughout the day. Shoppers were entertained by the magic tricks of Duncan Lyster and some carols on the cello by Caius Gordon-Bruno. All the stallholders enjoyed themselves, particularly towards the end of the day, when there was a flurry of special offers and last-minute reductions. Stallholders donated 10% of their profits to Save the Children.
The market was organised by 14-year-old Isaac Gordon-Bruno. “Lots of children have really good ideas but it is very hard to get them into the marketplace. I wanted to give children the chance to sell the things they have made and try out their ideas. And I’ve always wanted to have a market stall - setting up my own market seemed the only way to do it!” Isaac approached the Shire Hall, which he thought would be the best venue. “Everybody was really helpful and friendly. We had lots of good advice from the regular market organisers and we talked to some of the stallholders, who warned us to wear lots of layers as it can be really cold standing outside all day! The Market was much harder to organise than I had thought it would be; there were lots of regulations to deal with. But in the end it was worth it because we all had great fun and learned a lot about marketing and business. We all agreed that we’d like to make it a regular event in Monmouth.”
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