The Young Entrepreneurs Market (YEM) by The Community Tap is a bi-annual event that provides a safe environment for kids to practice and sharpen their entrepreneurial skills. You’re invited to come out and purchase handmade items and special services from these motivated kids in our community!  Customers will find items like hand-made resin jewelry, planters, pet treats, fine artwork, stationary, ornaments, yard services, accessories, and so much more!  All vendors accept cash, and most will accept Venmo and PayPal.  Bring all your money, folks!

You have two opportunities to shop this Fall (2023):

Sunday, November 5th
3pm – 5pm

The Community Tap North Main
(217 Wade Hampton Blvd.)

Sunday, November 12th
3pm – 5pm

The Community Tap Travelers Rest
(321 South Main St.)

Vendor sign-ups are due by October 18th. The sign-up form requires the vendor information  (name/email), a description of the product or service, and a business name.  After signing up, vendors will receive a Business Plan Form to fill out and submit by October 25th. This form will include a more detailed worksheet requiring a marketing plan, customer base thoughts, cost of goods sold, labor estimate, and estimated profit.  Vendors should think through their business model in detail for a successful market!  Scroll to the bottom of this page for more FAQs about vending at the market.

New Partners for Fall 2023:

All entrepreneurs have the opportunity for a Young Entrepreneurs Market Workshop presented by the TR Makers Co! Kids will connect with fellow youth entrepreneurs, share their brand journey, and discuss upcoming market products. Led by Kristin LaRoy, owner of TR Makers Co and a celebrated entrepreneur, YEs will gain insights from her 8-year journey as an Artisan Entrepreneur and Business Person of the Year. Make sure to sign-up by October 18th so you can participate in this workshop on October 22nd in Travelers Rest

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is excited to offer two participants in the Young Entrepreneur Market the opportunity to sell their products in The TCMU StoreProducts will be judged during the market based on things like creativity, brand alignment, and fun factor. The winning entrepreneurs will be offered a deal from The TCMU Store buyer and a featured retail display at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. So if you can’t attend our markets in November, be sure to check-out the YE’s at our very own Children’s Museum!

Interested in participating as a Young Entrepreneur? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Prices should not exceed $20 per product or service.
  • Some examples of products and services offered by YEs are jewelry, make-and-take crafts, toys, costumes, face painting, gifts, original artwork, fundraisers, magnets, paperweights, upcycled/repurposed items, and more!
  • Baked goods are allowed but must be labeled with ingredients.
  • Kids can work together as a school group, scouts, a local fundraiser, with friends, siblings, or alone. We encourage parents to assist their children when necessary (for example: purchasing supplies, getting organized, using the oven, driving) however, parents are not allowed to make items for the children to sell OR sell their own handmade items at their child’s table.
  • All sign-ups are approved to vend unless we contact you directly to update your product/service in case of duplicates. (We don’t want a market with only slime or only cupcakes!)
  • YEs will be provided with a 3′ or 6′ table space. Your vending area may be inside or outside (depending on which location/date is chosen.)
  • YEs can sign up to be at both/either the North Main Event on 11/5 and the Travelers Rest Event on 11/12.
  • $10 will be due the day of the event as your table fee. This fee will cover new event expenses (in TR, we do have to pay for a permit to close the road), and the remainder will be donated directly to our partner, Project Host!
  • We have anywhere from 50-150 customers that come through the markets for each event. YEs should be prepared with 20-30 items to sell MINIMUM! Most customers are 25-65 years of age, and ready to shop for gifts and trinkets! Holiday items are very popular in the fall market, and Mother’s Day gifts are very popular in the Spring. Kids’ items (toys) are also popular with fellow vendors/their siblings at the market.