An excursion to the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market on Wednesday is always an adventure. Amidst the hand-crafted jewelry, organic produce and locally-made food, shoppers will find TnT Trinkets.
At 12-years-old, the proprietors, Trinity Justice Olson-Garcia and Talyn Gean Hodson, are the youngest vendors at the farmers market, said Billie Kaye Gavin-Tygart, president of the Downtown Divas, which operates the market.
Trinity sells sea glass picture frames, driftwood knick knacks, tie-dyed shirts, dreamcatchers and necklaces. Talyn sells pine cone roses, candles, guinea-hen feather earrings, hair bows and chalkboard signs.
Trinity said the idea to sell at the farmers market originally came from her mother, who encouraged her sister to use her tie-dying skills to get a job.
“I said I actually want to do that, so I kind of came up with the idea and we slowly created these ideas with the help of Talyn too,” Trinity said.
“Also one day she was like, ‘Hey I’m starting a business! I’m going to go to the farmers market and sell stuff,’ and I was like, ‘I’ll join!’” Talyn added.
The girls say they have been at the farmers market for about a month or two — any time a grown-up is available to help out. Trinity and Talyn can also be found at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Saturday and at Live From Downtown: It’s First Friday!
Talyn, a member of Del Norte 4H, said she’s using the money she earns to offset the expenses of raising a pig for the Del Norte County Fair.
Trinity says she’s selling at the farmers market “for the fun of making crafts.”
To be able to sell at the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market, Trinity and Talyn needed to obtain a Class O business license from the city, Gavin-Tygart said. This is a $19 license that’s good for the entire year and will allow the girls to participate in any vendor-related event within city limits, including the Fourth of July, Sea Cruise and Live From Downtown, Gavin-Tygart said.
Gavin-Tygart, who is friends with Trinity’s mother, said she “cultivated that” to make sure Trinity could sell at the market. She also noted since the market opened late last month, Trinity and Talyn have added to their inventory.
“I think it’s awesome,” Gavin-Tygart said.
Sydney Clinton, Downtown Divas secretary, said that for Trinity and Talyn, selling at the farmers market cultivates good people skills.
“They learn how to look someone in the eye and answer questions,” she said. “Just have a conversation.”
Gavin-Tygart noted Trinity and Talyn aren’t the only young people to sell at the market.
Seventeen-year-old Kjirsten Kime sells eggs, produce, vegan baked goods and hand-stitched bags her grandmother makes. Kime said she’s been selling at the farmers market since she was 14 as a favor to her grandmother to get rid of her extra vegetables and eggs.
She noted selling at the farmers market helped her interact with people better.
“I was too young to have a job so this was the first social interaction I really had face to face trying to sell an object to a person,” Kjirsten said. “It feels weird talking to people because you’re not used to it, you’re used to being around your peers and your teachers. So, talking to strangers and trying to convince them to buy your product, you feel a little weird. It’s abnormal.”
However, Kjirsten said she hopes to own a bakery some day and recognizes that selling at the farmers market is a good way for her to practice her people skills.
For Talyn and Trinity, several hours go into making their products. Dreamcatchers can take a good hour, Trinity said. While, the candles can take two to three hours, Talyn said.
However, they both say this has been a good experience.
“I’ve learned to stand out in life because it’s a fun journey to try new things,” Trinity said.
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