Teen traders get a pop up shop for Christmas

Visitors enjoyed a Halloween themed Teenage Market on Saturday in Sleaford with live performances, market stalls by teenage entrepreneurs and activities for all ages in St Deny’s Church Hall.

The next Teenage Market will be held beside the Barge and Bottle on Carre Street on November 29, to coincide with the town’s Christmas Market.

Sleaford Town Team Teenage Market. Ava Newell 11 and Jack Newall 10 of Ruskington with their stall 'Fun Things to Do'. EMN-150211-153551001

Sleaford Town Team Teenage Market. Ava Newell 11 and Jack Newall 10 of Ruskington with their stall 'Fun Things to Do'. EMN-150211-153551001

Organisers Sleaford Town Team have also announced they will be opening a Pop Up Shop for the teenage traders from this Saturday.

Jenny Sherlock, owner of the unit which was formerly Soft Options in Sleaford Market Place, approached the team during Saturday’s Teenage Market, so impressed with the quality of the stalls that she invited them to take on the empty shop for seven weeks in the run up to Christmas.

This will be an opportunity for young entrepreneurs and start-up retailers to share a shop and gain real retail experience. Crochet Pixie, Beatty-May Home Interiors, The Wood Elf, Alright Ducky and Terry’s Treasures will all be sharing, plus chosen charity Cats Protection Sleaford and District Branch. The traders will share the staffing of the shop on a rota basis, and the offering will be focused on Christmas items – decorations, gifts and crafts. Visit www.facebook.com/popupsleaford for weekly opening hours, offers and news.

The grand opening will be at 10am on Saturday, November 7. The first customer spending over £25 will get a bottle of fizzy wine.

A Town Team spokesman said the sharers will split the rent and added: “We will assist with business advice, support and through our specialist umbrella insurance policy.”