Saratoga Independent School’s Pop-up Shop!

SIS at Saratoga Farmers’ Market

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Middle school student crafters/entrepreneurs from Saratoga Independent School (SIS) are open for business! Their pop-up shop at last Saturday’s Saratoga Farmers’ Market displayed a terrific array of hand-crafted, student made textiles that will brighten up your autumnal table or living space.

The students dyed the fabric and created beautiful textiles with the help of local artist, Betsy Olmsted watercolor textiles. There are a variety of items for sale including pillows, napkins, scarves, kitchen towels, bracelets, and more.

The students also taught visitors about origami as part of the markets’ Kids Craft program.

The proceeds from the sales go to the annual fund at SIS, whose mission “…is to empower students to become confident learners who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. SIS strives to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly complex world, while enriching each day of their childhood.” – Source:

Not only are the student’s great crafters, but budding entrepreneurs as well. The students participated in the development of a business plan, identifying goals, and learning about tracking expenses and sales, profit and loss, and other concepts a healthy business needs to know, in order to grow and thrive.

It seems as though the SIS students have also thought of many of the little details that makes a business successful. For instance, if your education did not include learning the proper way to fold a napkin, or you just forgot – they’ve got you covered! The SIS students developed a handy “how to” folding guide to accompany your purchase. By the way, a set of 4 napkins is $20, and the expert folding students showed me not only how they hold utensils, but make great pencil holders for school as well!

If you missed them last Saturday, no worries. You can visit the SIS pop-up shop on the next two Saturdays – October 5th and 12th, during Farmers’ Market hours (9 am – 1 pm.) Look for them by the food vending area.

Now that’s what I call excellent product placement! Good job, students!

Arthur Gonick – September 30, 2019

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