Sleaford’s second Teenage Market has been taking place today and has seen a steady turn out of visitors growing as the day went on.
Backed by the Sleaford Town Team, as well as around 20 teen traders, there were also around a dozen traditional traders celebrating Independent Retailers Month, bringing a bustling vibe back to the Market Place.
With a growing following the only way seems to be up for the next Teenage Market planned for September 5 which will have a ‘back to school’ theme to brush away those end of holiday blues, said Town Team chairman Claire Rayner.
She said: “It is that diversity in the teenage traders that I love. They have been really professional, dressing their stalls, offering good prices and products. You would not tell the difference between them and a regular trader, I am very impressed.”
Already some of the teenagers were raising enough to improve their stalls and buy their own gazebos to up their game.
There was live music too including a female vocalist and a classical pianist promoting their talents.
Town Team committee member Bev Jenkins said: “We are delighted with how it’s gone. We have had a steady stream of people and all the stall holders are doing extremely well, with a lot of positive comments from people saying how nice it is to see the Market Place looking busy.”
She said customers were flowing in from up to an hour before the market was officially supposed to start.
Teenage stalls varied from wooden carved animals to printed T-shirts, as well as Jay Humphries from Billinghay, the Teenage Market scheme’s youngest ever trader, aged nine, who was doing a roaring trade on his sweet stall.
Other adult traders had made a return on the strength of the success of the Easter Extravaganza including Utterly Twisted balloon modeller, a face painter, cosmetic hamper stalls and jewellery as well as a classic French style Citroen van selling gourmet food. There was also a new local business just started up called Hatchlings, making high quality garden planters and furniture from recycled pallets.