Summer Anderson is an elementary student in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia. She started painting intricate mandalas on rocks she found on local shores and her grandfather suggested she go into business.

Summer took his advice and decided to share some of her proceeds with the SPCA animal shelter in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Summer’s line of Summer-Time Rocks has expanded to include small boxes. All are available for purchase and Summer welcomes custom orders.

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Summer Anderson tells her story in an article published in the Bedford-Sackville Observer, January 21, 2019.

PHOTO Jen Donaldson, All rights reserved.

Photo courtesy of Jen Donaldson, All rights reserved. Summer Anderson is a youth entrepreneur and active participant at several Our Social Markets. Summer takes custom orders in addition to having a line of ready-to-purchase items.


New community market encourages social spending, shares profits

There’s a new Community Marketplace in town and founder Roberta Hibbert can’t say enough about it.

The goal of the Social Marketplace Society is to facilitate local, social spending, Hibbert explains. “We have many organizations, families and individuals fundraising, but we don’t necessarily hear about them. It’s nice to have a Community Marketplace where we can work together.”

Hibbert says the event, which takes place the last Saturday of each month, offers a variety of goods and services. These include low-cost, 10-pound vegetable bundles from Square Roots, handmade crafts, custom giftware, jewelry, textiles, baked goods, books, kitchen supplies, personal care products and more. There is always music in the air and lunch from the canteen.

Visitors may purchase tickets for a variety of raffles and 50-50 draws or drop off donations of food for the Feed Nova Scotia collection. It’s a one-stop local, social shopping experience.

For anyone who’s moved to the Bedford-Sackville area in the last 12 months, the local Welcome Wagon is on-site as a sponsor of the event and with welcome packages to distribute.

The Community Marketplace offers tables to vendors at no charge. Vendors are strictly non-profits, social enterprises, youth entrepreneurs and/or small businesses donating a portion of their proceeds to a local non-profit, says Hibbert. …

“People are going to spend money on vegetables and face cream anyway, so why not get it at the monthly social marketplace where you know you are directly helping [your community]?” says Hibbert.

“And the marketplace gives the public a chance to meet the people behind the non-profits,” she adds.

Among the vendors at the November marketplace was Summer Anderson of Summer-Time Rocks. Anderson custom paints mandalas on rocks and small boxes, an art form she learned at school.

“I started making them and my grandfather said, ‘You could make money off those,’” Anderson recalls. Soon after, she started selling her art at flea markets and taking custom orders.

Anderson is 11 years old and was one of several youth entrepreneurs at the Beaver Bank Community Marketplace.

“I liked it because it made me feel professional and I liked talking to people … and getting feedback about the rocks,” she says.

Anderson donates a portion of her earnings to the Nova Scotia SPCA animal shelter in Dartmouth.

Hibbert hopes the idea catches on so that community markets are held across HRM. If you would like to reserve a free vendor table or learn how to set up a social marketplace in your community, contact Hibbert at 902-488-9122 or look for Our Community Market – Social Marketplace Society on Facebook.