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Hot on the market; kids participate in Flea Market event in Springfield

School is out for the summer, but kids did a lot of learning at the Kids' Caravan Flea Market in front of the Springfield Public Library Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - School is out for the summer, but kids did a lot of learning at the Kids' Caravan Flea Market in front of the Springfield Public Library Wednesday.

Kids are encouraged to come up with a product to sell to their peers, or bring their gently used toys, games, or clothing to sell.

Dozens of kids set up booths and blankets to sharpen their business skills and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur.


"There's a lot of good stuff," said Austin Reed Baudher. Baudher sold his action figures and "puppy kisses" from his three-year-old chihuahua.

Six-year-old Kora Flander created "slime" to sell. Her containers of homemade slime came in different colors, scents and textures.

"Some slime smells good. Sometimes it doesn't. Some slime is soft and some slime is squishy," Flanders said.

Flanders is learning what it takes to be a great business owner, like understanding your competition.

"Other kids like mine more because I have lower prices," Flanders said.

"They packaged all their stuff up and made their own signs," said her mom, Megan Flanders. Flanders said her kids learned about what goes into being an entrepreneur, like profits versus losses.

"I'm still gonna sell slime when I grow up," Kora said.

Library Manager Carrie Schindele-Cupples said the event continues to grow. The library plans to host another kids' flea market next summer.

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