Clay Bead Forest

March 14, 2019

My name is Rachel and I am in 7th grade. I had a lot of fun in TREP$ this year. I worked with two partners named Mary and Shai. We sold necklaces, bead bracelets, and pots with small polymer clay animals on them. Something we all had in common was that we all loved making things. So, we decided on the concept of making things out of beads and clay. We first were planning to do a whole bunch of stuff. We were even planning to sell clay figurines by themselves! But, we soon learned that a lot of variety may not be a good thing, so we narrowed it down to 3 things. Through a lot of talking and debating, we finally came to a conclusion about which products we should keep and which we should throw away. I definitely learned that when you are in a partnership with somebody else, communication is very important.

Making the products were also fun, but also very time-consuming. I’d advise you to keep in mind how much time and effort you are investing in the making of your product. It will greatly change the price in the end.

When the TREP$ Marketplace finally came, I felt very excited and nervous at the same time. I could tell that my partners felt the same. When we set up our table, I looked in admiration. I could tell we improved from last year. We sold much more than I expected, and I’m very proud of that. It’s truly an amazing feeling to see all the work and effort you’ve put into one thing blossom in front of you. We were pretty successful this year and I sure enjoyed the experience.

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