Young entrepreneurs will offer cool items at Kids Vendor Day tomorrow

WAYNESBORO – Kids rule Saturday during Kids Vendor Day at Waynesboro’s Market at the Park.

During the event, child entrepreneurs will be on-hand at the market to sell anything they have handmade or home-grown, including lemonade, baked goods, jewelry, arts and crafts and more.

“We started it in 2018 as a way to get more young people involved and to attract more people to the market. We love the way it teaches entrepreneurship and the commitment to create, stage and sell their products,” explained Bill Kohler, director of economic development for Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. “The first year we had 46 kid vendors. Last year, we had 25. This year, we will have 24.”

One of the youngsters selling wares this year will be Jack Thorp.

The first-grader has been selling jars of his Jack’s Friendship Soup for more than a year. The proceeds of sales are donated to the Waynesboro Area School District to help fund lunch accounts for students who can’t afford meals.

Every child in the district has a lunch account and parents choose whether to put money into the account, according to school officials. But not every family can afford to pay for lunches even when they are receiving assistance and some might fall behind on their accounts.

“I’m selling soup so that my friends can eat,” Jack explained.

Jack’s Friendship Soup is a Mason jar stacked with dry ingredients that, when combined with water or broth, make soup.

Jack and his Friendship Soup will be at the market Saturday, sharing a booth with his mother, Brenda Thorp, who owns Brenda’s Sew Creative.

“It’s an opportunity for Jack to get a chance to use my booth as a storefront, rather than just reaching out to his regular supporters,” Brenda Thorp said. “We are going to donate 100% of the money from the sales to his cause.”

Kids Vendor Day 2020 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 5, at Mainstreet Park in Waynesboro.

Brenda Thorp said she hopes lots of people come out to support not only Jack, but all the children. “I think it’s important to support the children because it helps create an appreciation for what it is to have work ethics and encourages them to work for what they want,” she said.