- Written by Mike Melanson
- Published: 01 May 2013
For more than four hours last Saturday, 90 children worked 63 tables, selling homemade arts and crafts to 1,000 customers who passed through the Duxbury High School gymnasium at a kids-only craft fair.
Proceeds from the youth arts and craft fair will benefit the Duxbury Art Boosters, founded in January 2011 to promote and support the visual arts in the public schools and preserve excellent art education standards, said Lisa DiVasta, who organized and chaired the fair.
DiVasta said her daughter Beni DiVasta, 16, a Duxbury High School sophomore, and her friend and schoolmate Catherine Jordan, 14, a freshman, started selling hair ties at grown-up arts and crafts fairs to raise money for Duxbury's trip to Disney to perform.
DiVasta's son, Jared DiVasta, 14, a freshman, melts old records and turns them into bowls, and he wanted to set up a table too.
Lisa DiVasta said Beni drafted a "How to Successfully Continue & Grow Your Own Business" brochure based on her craft fair experiences.
However, not many children set up tables at the grown- up fairs, so the family decided to try to organize one just for children.
The children at the fair Saturday ranged in age from 9 to 16, and came from Duxbury and 13 other communities, including from Woonsocket, R.I., said Lisa DiVasta.
"We were talking about that, wouldn't it be a cool event to have a kid one and here we are," DiVasta said.
"They're here learning business skills, about supply and demand, communication skills. ... Self-confidence, communication, all those business skills you don't learn in school," she said.
Hannah Quinn, 11, and Olivia Gill, 12, staffed the "Rock Expressions" table.
The Duxbury Middle School students were selling rocks collected from Duxbury Beach painted with symbols and sayings, such as "Duxbury Strong."
"It took three or four days," Gill said.
"It's exciting. It's very cool that Duxbury does something like this for the younger kids," Quinn said.
Gia Colombo, 13, and her brother A.J. Colombo, 10, were working at the "Gia's View" table.
For sale were pencil drawings and handmade modeling clay animals made by Gia, a Duxbury Middle School student, and A.J., an Alden School student.
"We taught ourselves how to draw," said A.J.
"You make mistakes and learn from them," Gia said. "I'm out here to try my luck and see how it goes."
Their father, Tom Colombo, said the youth arts and craft fair was an opportunity for the youngsters to try their hand at running a small business, observe people buying from each other, and to get ideas.
"This is a great outlet for people to get their art out there. It's this community entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great," he said.
Kyle Auer, 16, a Duxbury High School sophomore, said he purchased a "Meat Loaf" record bowl for his mother, who likes the singer, and a bow hair clip that he said he would try to make into a necktie if he has time.
"I'm getting gifts for my family's birthdays," he said. "It's actually kind of fun. It's nice."
Kelsey Nudd, 14, a Duxbury High School freshman, sold hair bow clips and bracelets at her "Kelsey's Kreations" table.
"I think it's kind of fun. The people are interested in the things I made," she said.