We saw, we came, we shopped! Cyan's Craft Market Day finally arrived. Thought we were ready...think again. There were all sorts of challenges and final touches to our market day that took a lot of effort or had to be left to the wayside for our market to go ahead.
Firstly, what went well. Well, we made lots of money. Thank you to our dear customers at Fort Street. Our market research paid off. As the class's teacher, and a superficial minimalist, I was doubtful whether any of their items would be of high quality enough to sell. But sell it did. Which just goes to show why I'm not in business. There were over 30 sales of God Eye's...what is even a God's Eye. But these kids showed tenacity, strength and perhaps downright irreverence, because ignoring my lack-of-real-business-ecumen criticism, they went ahead with it! Well done!
What didn't went well...not much, thanks to the input of so many people it. Our beloved P&C President, Christina, worked as a soundboard initially, but soon her alpha-boss-in-chief persona and her entrepreneurial experiences kicked-in and she pretty much filled the holes of our market day, e.g. petty cash, point of sales procedures, market zones and signage, price tags, business signs and much much more. Thank you very much, Christina.
Our teaching assistant Nic also gave his blood and sweat to help the kids along. Silly me thought of adding some writing, speaking and maths objectives to the whole entrepreneurial experience...like they needed more work to do. Each business (there are 11 businesses) had to finalise their legos, create a little bio to introduce themselves, an advertisement for their product, a revenue-cost-profit balance sheet, pre-order sheet and a short blurb to give as their door-to-door sales pitch. Well, Nic was thrown into the deep end and sink he did not. He jumped into each business team and tore their writing to shreds until nothing was left but Tolkien-brilliance. Kudos, Nic! Oh yeah, he also cut, painted, drew, lifted, accounted and took money off students, sorry beloved customers, in order to support Cyan's businesses. Your constant use of colourful language, not quite under your breath, was a reminder of how dedicated you are to getting the job done right!
And finally, thank you to all our customers who saw the good, the useful and the I'm-not-sure-what-yet-beauty of all our products. Thank you for showing our class of Cyan 2016 that they do have the right stuff to be entrepreneurs (cool word for someone who makes their own money).
Oh, right. Yes, most of the businesses made lots of money. Enough to cover their costs. But, they'll be back shortly for another market, and maybe with some new stuff to sell. Stay tuned.
Below are some of Cyan's reflections of the market day.