All are invited to shop Wheaton Public Library’s Student Craft Sale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11. The sale will take place in the library’s Arts & Culture Center, and feature a variety of homemade goods available for $10.00 or less. All items at the sale are made by student crafters in grades K-8.
The Student Craft Sale started 7 years ago as part of Money Smart Week, a national campaign focused on financial literacy organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. After taking a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the craft sale returned in 2022. “I’m looking forward to the creativity that the students always bring to the craft sale,” said Youth Services Department Head, Rachel Weiss-Binder. “All the participants really think about how they want to market their products and they take pride in their creations.”
Beyond a chance to show off creativity, the sale is an opportunity for students to practice real-life business skills. Marketing, interacting with customers, and networking with their neighboring makers are just a few examples. “One of my favorite things is near the end of the craft sale, the crafters will shop and trade with their fellow entrepreneurs,” said Weiss-Binder.
Students in grades K-8 interested in selling crafts at the sale must fill out an application before Tuesday, March 7.