SOLD OUT! market space fee: ox cart market

SOLD OUT! market space fee: ox cart market


We are excited to announce our first annual Ox Cart Market — inspired by the children's classic, The Ox Cart Man, we hope this event will encourage our children to put their passions and skills to good use as they create items to sell and barter in their very own handicraft market! What a fun way to start off the holiday season!

WHAT: Ox Cart Market
WHEN: Wednesday, 12/5 from 10:00a-12:00p
WHERE: Location will be revealed to participating families closer to our event

REGISTRATION: As this is our first market, we will have space for 15 families to participate (with plans to grow and expand in the future). Each child who is taking an active part will need to purchase a $2 market space. We encourage parents to let their children earn their market space fee with extra chores! Additionally, siblings will be placed next to each other in case they want the option to combine spaces and create one display for their booth.


  • We want to stress that this event is child-led — the ideas, creative work, marketing and signage, and even management of the booths should come from their minds and hands. Let them have extra chores to earn the money they need for supplies, and allow them to figure out through trial and error which product ideas are a good fit for their skills. We know it's sometimes hard for parents to sit on the sidelines as a cheerleader, but we promise you will see true growth and joy if you allow your children to take the reins with this project! With this in mind, our general recommendation is for vendors to be ages 5 and older. 

  • Each participating family will be given one ticket to share with someone who would like to attend our market as a shopper! This could be grandparents, a neighbor, or even another homeschool family!

  • For inspiration, we suggest a simple online search for children's handicraft markets. And we have loved looking through the #socalcmhandcraftfair hashtag on Instagram for ideas! For this year's market, we ask that all items be priced at $5 and under with the majority between $0.50 and $2.00 — it may be a good idea for your children to have a small variety of products at various price points to encourage different kinds of customers to purchase or barter. 

  • Participating children are encouraged to design and market their wares in creative ways with their booths — we're keeping it kid-friendly by not using large tables. Be sure to have your kids design their booth with low-lying elements from home like blankets, crates, boxes, and small tables!

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