For Sale: Lemonade! Cookies!
This afternoon, my girls had a few friends over. Yes, I said "a few". All of them, the whole lot, were looking forward to this day for a while, as they had agreed to have their annual lemonade stand today. Three of them hunkered down and worked on their signage. A couple of them worked on perfecting the recipe. We had walked by a neighbor's garage sale earlier, and the neighbors agreed to lend us their electric juicer for the day. Tomorrow, we'll return the the juicer, and they'll sell it off as originally intended. My husband, two days ago, bought the girls six organic lemons for use today. And, good thing I just stocked up on agave sweetener, as we were all fresh out of sugar. A few taste-tests later, the kids were stocked with two pitchers of lemonade. Bonus: the girls had also found my emergency stash of homemade cookie dough; they made a couple dozen bite-sized cookies to add to the sale.
They set up shop on the sidewalk and started to sell their drinks and cookies for 25 cents a pop. We didn't have any disposable cups, so they used plastic picnic cups and ran inside to wash them after every customer. The health department would think that was a major no-no. In the end, each of the six kids made at least three dollars. They were quite happy.
I'm not here to talk about what you think about health inspectors shutting down little kids' lemonade stands. I'm here to talk about best practices, tricks of the trade, share a little intelligence on the juvenile commercial endeavor that has crossed generations: Did you have a lemonade stand when you were little? (I never did, so I support every effort for my kids to host their own. I live vicariously.) Have your children hosted a lemonade/cookie stand? Do you set up shop right in front of the house, or perhaps a little bit down the street where there is more traffic? (Next time, I am thinking that we will set up shop at the corner instead of right in front of the house. Perhaps the kids can see more action.) Any rules for the kids? (One of ours is: don't ever leave anyone out on the sidewalk alone.) What are the best marketing tips? (I admit: I posted the sale on my facebook status and sent a quick email to neighbors). Most of all: Do you use lemon concentrate, fresh lemons, or a package mix? What is your secret recipe?