This year, we decided it would be fun for Lucy to have a lemonade stand in my grandma's yard during the big sale. SHE decided she wanted to try to earn enough money for a new bike WITH TRAINING WHEELS!
(She had a tricycle and a balance bike . . . but she had outgrown the tricycle and just never got the hang of the whole balance bike thing.)
And yes, I know she's a little behind the curve when it comes to bike riding. She's four-and-a-half, and can't begin to ride a bike!?
Well . . . she CAN ride a horse.
Anyway, back to the bike -- and the lemonade stand.
(And please excuse this post full of iPhone-only photos!)
How to make a lemonade stand in a very quick and simple fashion . . . ???
Some old wooden crates in my garage caught my eye, and my vision began to come together.
I put three of them together with a hammer and a few nails and got this:
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that this past week, I'd be able to buy my OWN new bike!
Next was the paint . . . the best part. :-)
All (Rust-oleum) spray paint, of course.
I used stencils to paint the white letters over the top of where the black letters had been.
I strung them all together with some twine and hot glue . . . and hung them between two flat, thin boards I nailed on each side of the base.
And my trusty ol' chalk ink markers, of course!
It all came together great (considering the few hours it took me and the fact that I used only items I already had laying around my garage!).
Lucy's Lemonade was a big hit!
Lucy worked so hard (especially the first day). This was on the way home from Grandma's house (five minutes from our house). She fell fast asleep about 30 seconds after we pulled onto the road . . . with a tight grip on her money case! : )~
She made over $100 at her lemonade stand (AND sold her old tricycle and balance bike), which gave her more than enough money to buy a new PINKALICIOUS bike . . .
. . . and a pretty rad unicorn helmet, too!
Pretty darn cute, if you ask me!
All-in-all, it was a VERY successful weekend! We learned a great lesson about earning money . . . and got a cool new bike out of it, too!
I had about a dozen people ask me if the lemonade stand was for sale.
And I had several people tell me I should really consider building and selling them.
Tempting! : )~
For now . . . the lemonade stand is going in the play room. I'm sure it will provide countless more hours of fun for Lucy in there. (And I'm sure we'll bust it back out for the big yard sale again next year!)
I wonder what she'll be trying to earn then . . . ?
Maybe we'll start her car fund. : )~