Children’s Week WA: Bassendean family launches kid’s market


Amelie Luna (9) of Bassendean and Mila Bird (4) of Bayswater. Wind in the Willows Childcare Centre is helping organise this year’s Children’s Week Walk and Market event. Picture: David Baylis
Amelie Luna (9) of Bassendean and Mila Bird (4) of Bayswater. Wind in the Willows Childcare Centre is helping organise this year’s Children’s Week Walk and Market event. Picture: David Baylis

A BASSENDEAN family has drawn inspiration from household junk to launch a kid’s market during the upcoming Children’s Week WA.

The market will be held at Sandy Beach Reserve alongside the Town of Bassendean’s annual children’s walk on October 23.

It is a community event where kids buy, sell or swap their old toys, games and books.

Bassendean resident Stacey Molloy, who helped organise the markets with her husband, said kids would run the stalls and parents could only supervise.

“We’re very lucky to live in a community that is close, inclusive and very creative,” she said.

“The idea for the markets was born out of pure frustration of the amount of toys, books and assorted junk that our two girls had accumulated in their bedrooms.

“We thought about a market but not just to make money for the kids, to be run by the kids so they learn something about the value of recycling their toys, donating what they can to charity.”

Ms Molloy said both the walk and the markets would bring Bassendean childcare centres, schools and families together.

“What we are trying to do is encourage schools to make this a learning tool where we have an information pack that teachers can go through with kids,” she said.

“It is an annual event that is already really popular but already the interest in the market is building.”

Ms Molloy’s daughter Ruby Luna said the markets were an opportunity to earn pocket money and see other children’s stalls.

To reserve a free council-provided table, email mail@bassendean.wa.gov.au