A young entrepreneur attends his table at the Chester Flea Market Sunday, dressed in a buttoned-down shirt and tie with his hair neatly slicked back from his face.
What is unusual about this professional-looking salesman is he is only 6 years old.
Joshua Skolny has been learning the aspects of running his own business over the past six months by selling pine cone bird feeders as a regular vendor at the flea market, which is held the first Sunday of every month.
His father, Vince Skolny, said his son has already learned about paying business expenses and how to reinvest in other business ventures.
He said young Skolny used to make the bird feeders himself, but now pays his 4-year-old sister Rebecca to make them for a cut of the profits.
Vince Skolny said the children are happy with the agreement because Rebecca likes to make the feeders while Joshua prefers to go to the flea market to sell them.
Joshua Skolny said he is saving up the money he makes to purchase a button maker so he can also sell buttons.
“I keep the money in a box at home and buy stuff when I can,â€? said the young Skolny. “I try to save up to buy stuff I really need.â€?
He said he would like to be like his father and be his own boss when he grows up.
Photo by Leigh Ann Kaiser.
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