Wordful Wednesday. The Lemonade Stand is Open!

The lemonade stand has officially opened for the season.

fresh lemonade

He charges $.25 for a cup.

For $.50 you get free refills and a gumball from the machine.

lemonade stand kid

To enhance his profits over last year’s lemonade stand, this season, my budding entrepreneur changed his uniform (apparently the bowtie will be saved for special occasion stands only, and he will serve most of his customers while wearing a hand designed apron).  He also requested a new booth (he said last year’s cardboard model was silly because it got all soggy in the rain, didn’t have good sun coverage, and tipped over when he brought out his better treats later in the season).

So, I built him one.  Natch.

I started with a plan…

lemonade stand plans

A, um, master plan.  That is completely useless and totally uncopyable.  So don’t bother.  If you want to make one for your crew, just eyeball it.  It’s pretty intuitive.

build lemonade stand

Plus, building it took me less than two hours and it only set me back about $20 (some of that was to replace screws I’d depleted in previous projects and for the set of wheels I absolutely had to have).  I could’ve painted it for added awesome, but I got hungry and I had to pee, so I decided not to.  He doesn’t care anyway and neither do his customers.

I added the sun shade for him and the wheels for me (I hate hauling it out to the street for him; this way he can roll it himself).

He added the tablecloth and the flowers (because customers like pretty shops best).

Seems like he was on to something: he made $15 on his first shop of the season!

He’s got a last day of school popsicle stand planned.

Now, if I can get him to stop eating all of his inventory…

lemonade stand

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  1. says

    That is awesome. I can’t believe he made money last year. I see kids doing this all the time and no one stops. Jerks.
    The popsicle thing is a fabulous idea. Great for those hot days.

    • DudeMom says

      He owes my dad a portion of the profits since he bought him the bubblegum machine. They worked out a deal…

  2. says

    Go #3 Go!! He has mini-Trump written all over him. You know, aside from the creepy spray tan and absurd comb-over. I think I’m gonna start a lemonade stand…seems like a good business plan.

    P.S. Your blue prints are quite inspiring. I probably would have just started nailing shit without any plan whatsoever.

    • DudeMom says

      Dude, he BETTER have more awesome hair than Trump. It’s like my only requirement as a parent. And, the blueprint. It’s because when I was building their tent (coming soon!) I had to go to the store 3 freaking times because I kept forgetting to buy stuff. This is mostly a shopping list.

    • DudeMom says

      He saw some kids with a shabby version of it last year and he said he wanted to do that, but better. He made over $50 last summer and he’s well on his way again this year. My favorite part is that he changes his offerings every time he hosts a stand and the menu is entirely created by him.

  3. Melissa @mel_AWideLine says

    So adorable! I’m so impressed by his rad business acumen and your dedication as a mom. Heart warming. Can’t wait until mine are old enough for a roadside stand!

    • DudeMom says

      He’s growing a garden also (just him, not me, I hate to garden). Tomatoes, peppers, flowers, beans, and watermelon. He has grand plans to sell his food by the end of the summer.

    • DudeMom says

      I’ve determined two things: 1) I am better at DIY than I am at crafting and, 2) I am only good at any of this because he makes me! The other Dudes weren’t interested in my crafting or building them things. This guy wants it all!

    • DudeMom says

      I would hate it, but the kid is rolling in the dough! He’s saving his money for Disney this year. He actually thinks he can buy his own plane ticket:)

    • DudeMom says

      He’s still not to the age where he understand the value of money. He just likes have a lot of it. Doesn’t matter what denomination. Like give him 4 quarters or 50 pennies to choose from and he will pick the 50 pennies every time. But he likes having paper money. He’s figured out that paper money “makes you richer” which is why no one really gives him that. He asked if we could just sell everything for $1.

    • DudeMom says

      Thanks. I’ve gotten pretty good with a drill around here. Just don’t ask me to cook something pretty. Maybe I’ll tackle the art of creating food that actually looks as good as it tastes next?!

  4. says

    That is seriously the coolest (and cutest) lemonade stand I’ve EVER seen! I better not let Princess Nagger see this, she’ll want me to build her one and I’d rather wait until after we move. ;) Your little entrepreneur is so stinkin’ CUTE! Oh, wait – make that ‘handsome’, he might not like be referred to as ‘cute’. ;) And thanks so much for the shout-out! :)

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    • DudeMom says

      He’s good with cute still. I won’t let him kick all of his baby-ness to the curb just yet. Kindergarten is still months away!

  5. says

    What a genius you are! And a handy one too. This is too cute. Love that your son is such a ham for the camera. ;)

    • DudeMom says

      He’s a life ham. I don’t even know if he notices that I have a camera out!

  6. says

    50 cents is an awesome deal for refills and a gumball! Kudos to your son for doing such a great job… $15 right off the bat is great!