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Monday, April 23, 2012

Lemonade-stand season

A few years ago, for New York Magazine, I interviewed kids about having lemonade stands in New York City. They were so hilarious and crafty! Their tricks to increase sales included purposefully misspelling "lemonade" on their signs and telling people's fortunes. One brother-sister team made $240! Read the story here, if you'd like.
And these photos by photographer Joanna Ebenstein made me laugh. She passed two boys in Park Slope, Brooklyn, selling bacon panini, of all things! And at $3 a pop. Haha, only in NYC.

64 comments:

Anna said...

I wouldn't mind that panini :) So cute photos.

Anna ~Moments of Libra

Cheryl said...

Love the photos!!! Love some good lemonade! I hope your weekend was wonderful!

Daisy said...

You're right, only in NYC. :D

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LeeLee said...

Haha, gotta be unique. I like the Panini idea.

AVY said...

Entrepreneurship will save America!


/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

That is so cute!!

Diana Mieczan said...

The panini idea is totally spot on and the photos are awesome. Hope you are having a great time in Amsterdam:) Kisses.

Shauna El said...

I hope you had a grand time in Amsterdam. I just moved to the UK and am planning on dragging my husband to Amsterdam and then Belgium in late Sept/ early Oct for Autumn.

That's Not My Age said...

Children are so inventive. We often go to Columbia Road flower market on Sundays (in London) and there are a couple of kids who sell cup cakes, nick-nacks anything they don't want! - on their front door step. Love it.

ohbeautifulblog said...

Ha ha never thought they would spell it purposely wrong! such clever minds! haha!

auste said...

So cute - I *always* stop at lemonade stands... Last summer I even made my husband turn the car around and go back after we passed one (he wasn't particularly thrilled to make a u-turn, but I think the sweet little girls made his heart melt when we got out of the car). What a fun interview!

Ana Degenaar said...

This is so lovely. I can't wait for the times when Emma starts her little lemonade stand.

Cara said...

TOO CUTE!

Pearl Bhasin said...

LOL, straight out of the mouth of babes! My daughter is selling bookmarks she crocheted herself, to raise funds for her adventure trek in Morocco. I shall direct her to your interview for some "words of wisdom". ;)

The slow pace said...

So cute! I would send horrible flowers bouquets from my mom's garden!

Jillian said...

Have you seen the Sh*t Park Slope Parents Say clip? It's hilarious and the panini selling somehow reminded me of that immediately!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfOY36t0uiU

Tina Ramchandani said...

Just read the NY Mag article. Those kids are so clever. It's amazing, really!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Let's not forget to mention the sitar, either :)

Kayla Boyle said...

So adorable. Sneaky kids and their cute ways to get money.

A Refreshed Take Off

Melissa Blake said...

Awww, kids can be so clever, can't they? :)

Votre Amie said...

I looove lemonade stand season - Really super cute! Gotta love the bacon panini sellers! Just look at 'em - Innovative and creative kids to say the least!!

http://iloveublank.blogspot.com/

Jacy said...

Seeing kids selling Lemonade always makes me happy! But the Panini idea.... BRILLIANT! And the Sitar.... to the NEXT level :)

Super cute!

Jacy
www.mynameisjacy.com

Lisa said...

Just read your old article. Those kids were hilarious!! You just made my day. : )

sip-n-wear said...

that is so stinkin cute!

Elise said...

completely. amazing.

Elise
ourdearestfamily.blogspot.com

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

That's pretty steep! haha, love the little entrepreneurs :-)

Angel Court Jewels... said...

How cute!!! I can remember having my own yard sales and craft sales as a child. It was so much fun!

xoxo,
Courtney

.aubrey c. said...

How cute is that panini stand!

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Liz said...

Check out this kids lemonade stand!!

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57415725-10391704/boy-6-raises-$10k-through-lemonade-stand-for-dads-cancer-treatments/

Quite an inspiration :)

Celeste said...

Those interviews cracked me up! Telling the woman she was going to grow a beard was a little mean, but mostly funny.
What cute kids!

Eliana said...

That article just put the biggest smile on my face!

mimi said...

lol, that is cute, although I imagine here in the UK some grumpy-faced beurocratic local council would stamp all over their lemonade stands on grounds of "health and safety" and protocol...

Rebecca said...

This made my day! Love it!

tara polly said...

adorable. i am constantly enamored with the creative thinking of children. paninis on the street? that rules!

andrea said...

oh my goodness, this is fabulous.
this post reminds me of the other day, on my walk to our apartment from the bus. two little boys down my block had a lemonade stand set up. when i was still at the opposite end of the block, one ran all the way down to me and asked "do you want some lemonade!?" i said i did, and asked how much it was. he said, "well, it's 25 cents, unless you don't have any money. then it's free." break-your-heart-adorable. even more, i noticed there were two cups with a little money in each. i asked which i was supposed to put it in. they said, "well this one is for charity, and this one is for sales. so you can decide which one you put your money in." :')

Olivilla said...

I sould love to have this age and enjoy time like that !!!!
;)

madiebaby said...

Oh, dear- I'm using the comments box not to remark on cute kids and lemonade stands, but to implore you NOT to use those video ads that just start playing w/ the audio... Yikes! Those are the WORST. And 2 of them?! Really, the lowest form of internet advertising, in my opinion. Just sharing some feedback. I sincerely hope they do not make a regular appearance on my favorite blog. XO

VintageDanielle said...

So cute! Kids are so smart.

Trina said...

Did you see mental_floss's 4.16.12 story "6 Illicit Lemonade Stands that Towns Had to Shut Down"? "Sometimes the law catches up with these renegade youngsters," reads the lede. What...

Trina said...

P.S. Here's the link to that story: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/123603. Those renegades!

Colleen said...

I love the idea of lemonade stands, for the kids. It gives them a sense of purpose, and they love doing it. What I hate is the whole new thing that they now have to have permits to do such a thing.

Anonymous said...

That panini stand is hilarious! I can never resist a kid's lemonade stand!

Kelsey said...

I love Joanna! I'm her intern over at the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn!

Anna said...

This is hilarious! What a clever article. I love it so much. Young entrepreneurship. Adorbz.

amynicole said...

Haaa these kids are hilarious! Loved reading your interviews with them!

nicole said...

I was worried about you and Alex when I heard about the train collision in Amsterdam. You're posting on your blog, so I guess you guys are OK! Hope you had fun! xo.

Adeola Naomi said...

Great idea!!!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

hahahaah omg this is amazing! basically a $10 meal?! i love the enterpreneurial spirit

carina said...

So cute. Did you see this adorable story?

http://carlandanderson.blogspot.com/2012/04/9-year-olds-diy-cardboard-arcade-gets.html

Monica L. Shulman said...

love the bacon pannini stand...yep, only in NYC. Don't you LOVE it here? hope you're having a great time in Amsterdam!

Sarah said...

Cute and such a coincidence! Over the weekend, I was riding a bike to check out the massive garage sales in my boyfriend's neighborhood. That's where I encountered two little brothers with delightful English accents who were selling lemonade for $1 at their family's garage sale. I bought a little Dixie cup full of the cool, lemony liquid. I found out I was their first customer! They were shy with me, but I had heard them talking among themselves regarding why they hadn't had any customers. They even played with my dollar bill afterward, pretending to be customers to their own stand. It was still early in the morning and already hot outside, so hopefully they got more customers!

Anonymous said...

Those panini kids made me think of Portlandia. Haha!

EMILY said...

I remember reading this article in New York Mag. My sister and I were DYING. "Rebecca is freaking" is the best line of all time. Oh my goodness I can't believe that was you!

Kristina Gulino said...

Haha YES! Those kids know what's going on. I say put bacon in the lemonade. It can sell anything.

Kristina
Nook & Sea

Nikkithy said...

I live on the Balboa peninsula in Newport Beach California and on the fourth of July (where the peninsula is pedestrian and bikes only and FILLED with vacationers and partiers) my 8 and 6 year old neighbors sell hot dogs, water, and otter pops to all of the visitors who only thought to bring alcohol. they make a killing every year! i'll suggest Panini's this year :)

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Genius! I can't believe how much the first kids made.

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Gail said...

Love this. Was visiting NYC a few years ago when some kids were having a garage sale/sidewalk sale of their toys. Being from Iowa, I thought this was hilarious, seeing their blanket on the side walk with toys for sale. :)

Kate said...

I love this! I remember doing lemonade stalls like this when I was younger, and I actually remember this one time when my little sister and I made a sign saying 'all the money goes to charity'. When people asked what charity it was, we made up one! Yes, I feel a little guilty about that now actually.....

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Liz said...

The kids I babysit set up a lemonade stand last summer! They made $7 and it was a BIG deal :). Keep a look out for the cuties on the corner of Jones and Bleecker this summer!

dianasaur said...

yes the panini stand is epic

quick loans guru said...

Just like the old stands. Isn't that fun.

Ellie said...

I've read your link to that story a few times, and it is just as funny everytime! Those kids are so cute, and I love that they are hustling their food and bev and making some money! I also love the answers they give to your questions!

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