Kid-Made Market allows local kids to make and sell their own products

Learning lessons on money management through Kid-Made Market

By Erin Brookshier - Virginia Today Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - Local kids are learning a lesson in money management as they work to create and sell their own products.

The monthly markets take on the feel of a real farmers market, with everything from food and baked goods to crafts, woodworking and gardening supplies for sale. But in these markets, all of the vendors are kids.

"The kids get to learn all about money and making things," says Chad Young, a co-founder of the Kid-Made Market. "It gives them an outlet to be creative, plus it gets them out from behind their screens."

Chad's sons Ayden and Blane have been selling their delicious snacks at the market for the past two years. They say they've already learned a lot about money management, as they use their money from past markets to buy supplies.

"We write it down on a list, go buy the ingredients and make the stuff," says 11-year-old Ayden. "Then we tally up the money and I pay for it."

The vendors have a wide array of items to choose from.

"Some are selling bracelets or mini clay animals," explains 7-year-old Blane. "There's a lot of tents you could see, just go and look around everywhere."

The Kid-Made Market kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. on Colonial Avenue in Roanoke. For more information, click here.

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