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Make Stand – An Opportunity for Young Entrepreneurs

We are offering an opportunity for local kids to test their entrepreneurial skills this summer!

Make Stand is a summer holiday program designed to give young makers a chance to test the market with things that they’ve made.

Products include homemade baking, hand sewn goods, jewellery, knitting or crochet, wood work and even the traditional lemonade stand! The main rule is that the goods must be made by kids (and yes of course they can have some help along the way!)

There are no fees to take part in this program and each entrepreneur keeps their days takings! We encourage participants to consider donating part of their proceeds to local charities, but this decision is entirely up to each individual. We find that having a goal outlined helps encourage the public to show support.

Past goals have included; saving for a sewing machine, laptop, trip to Disney World and various animal charities.

We provide a table and chairs, table-cloth and cash box. We also provide marketing support and a location with lots of passing foot traffic!

We encourage participants to create bright and clear signage to make the most of their opportunity.

Make Stand operates on Saturday afternoons in July and August with 2 shifts available a day (11am-1pm or 1-3pm). We find that this is the busiest time of the day for foot traffic in our area.

If you are interested in applying for Make Stand, please email with the name and age of the entrepreneur and your proposed items for sale (you can bring more than one type of thing to sell).

Please let us know the Saturday/s that you are available and your preferred time slot. Bookings are on a first come, first serve basis and participants can book a maximum of 2 places over the summer to make sure we have room for everyone!

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Make Veggies at Esquimalt Farmers Market!

Come and make felt vegetables with us!

We will be on-site May 26th from 4:30-7:30 to hand sew veggies with you and your kids! (But don’t worry if you don’t have kids, we won’t turn you away!)

This is a free activity!

We are looking for a couple of crafty volunteers for this event! If you would like to help out please get in touch by email:

You can find more details about the market here:

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Getting Crafty at the Festival of Trees

Blue needle felted bird with large eyes on foam block with needle.
We are pleased to be partnering with the BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees – Victoria and to bring a holiday craft studio live from The Bay Centre.
Each Saturday during December we will be at The Bay Centre offering holiday themed crafty activities for children including Christmas card and gift tag making as well as hand sewn decorations and pom poms.
Crafting Hours:
Saturday December 5th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 12th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 19th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 26th 10am-5pm
We are also hosting a Needle Felt Workshop
Saturday December 12th from 10am-12pm
(this workshop mst be pre-registered as places are limited)
All the Bay Centre events are free to attend.
We are looking for material donations and crafty volunteers to help make this event a big success! Please email for more info.