How Kids Sell Lemonade

5 squeaky voiced kids decided to host a lemonade stand in front of my house. Not only did they not have lemonade, they had nothing. I mean nothing. They had an idea. That’s all it takes.

The six children that decided to grab life by the cute little posies had it all figured out. “We’ll sell lemonade and make millions! But we need supplies first.” With six gooey sets of eyes asking for lemonade, water, sugar, cups, table and anything else needed for a successful lemonade stand, I couldn’t help but offer up what I had which was everything but cups later to be conned off another parent for the false promise of cleaning their room later that evening.

The supplies were given and a sign was made. The sign was detailed “Leomide for $1.50.” Sure the price was high but for top shelf misspelled Kool-Aid it is a small price to pay.

Their prospects were low but with their high hopes and no fear of failure even with a car passing rate of 1 per hour nothing could knock their hustle.

The first car stopped. It was an old woman in a red Buick. She read the sign and said “$1.50?” Then haggled down 5 kids with a combined age of 37, which is clearly less than half her age, to an even $1.00 for a cup. They agreed and screamed as they made their first sale in a little under an hour.

The next car gave a $3.00 donation. This is a complete breakdown in letting kids find out that entrepreneurism is really hard. Next thing you know they’ll be dressed like hipsters selling “hand made” jewelry that’s really beads they bought off the Amazon and put on fishing string for $13.99.  (I’ll never fall for that B.S. again.)

An hour later parents were called to make the lemonade stand more profitable. The first and only parent to drive by had the same complaint as the other customers about the price. She gave some business advice and told them they should sell it for $0.50. They smiled and nodded and proceeded to tell her it’s a $1.50 for a cup, not to be taken for suckers again.

Another neighbor kid came along, without cash, looking for handouts as she was quickly turned away and put to work holding the sign. After 15 minutes of hard work and no lemonade she took one of the 5 partners and headed to her house increasing everyone’s profits by 20%.

As dinner time rolled around shop was about to be packed up for the day and quite possibly until further notice. Laughter ensued and so did consumption of all left over lemonade.  One kid said, “See we shouldn’t have drank it. More people are driving by. People are coming home from work and people that come home from work are thirsty.” Indeed they are.

With the temperature reaching 75 degrees at the start of August all sugar buzzed, hope filled children decided the best investment for their profits would be to buy sundae cones as I yelled, “You better get me one. That was my god damn sugar!”



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