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Homeschooled students showcased their talents

Local youths who are homeschooled created their own products and sold items at Estevan Homeschool Collective’s Handmade Market.
Amberlyn, Margaret, Waylon, Dallas and Tiffany Bergen were among those selling items at the Handmade Market.

ESTEVAN — The Estevan Church of God was transformed into an entrepreneurship showcase on Nov. 15 for the Estevan Homeschool Collective’s Handmade Market.

Local youths who are homeschooled created their own products and sold items for customers to view. Twelve different businesses participated.

“The kids have made absolutely all of the products,” said Monique Willms, who is a local homeschool teacher. “They have come up with business names, the cost of doing business and priced all of their items.”

Students sold such merchandise as fishing lures, wall décor, artwork, jewelry, hot beverages, baked goods, popcorn treats, Christmas gifts, crafts, plants, produce and spa materials. Many of the businesses had creative names connected to the merchandise.

Revenues from the goods purchased went to the students.

“They’ve put in a ton of work and had to pay for all of their supplies, so they’re selling it as anyone else would at a market. Anything’s for sale and the kids make a profit on whatever they sell,” said Willms.

The market had steady traffic throughout the afternoon.

The homeschool collective holds different events during the school year. Willms planned this one and was pleased with the response. 

Previous activities included nature hikes, a theatre production and tours of such facilities as the Estevan Public Library and the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum. They also enjoy weekly gym time at the church.

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