SYRACUSE -- Cook Elementary third-graders hawked their handcrafted items created just in time for the holiday season.
Parents, teachers, staff and siblings shopped in the school's auditorium at more than 100 booths loaded with novelties such as decorated candy, candles, magnets, bookmarks, bracelets, necklaces and miniature bowling kits.
Customers bought tickets at the door to exchange for items inside the auditorium. Pink tickets were worth 25 cents each, and green tickets were worth $1.
Third-grade teacher Jodi Breese said the four third-grade classes spent the past three months learning about businesses. They learned how to work together, how to decide what products may sell and how to market their products.
Proceeds from the daylong fair go toward a field trip at the end of the year and books for the classrooms.
Donelle Vanderstappen came Wednesday to support her twin sons, "but they're already sold out," she said.
Brek and Brigham Vanderstappen had made sucker creations and candy bracelets to sell at the annual event. Each boy sold out of his 25 items within minutes after the fair opened its doors, right next to their booths.
Across the auditorium, Joey Eversten also put up on her desk a "sold out" sign 15 minutes after the fair opened. "I braided yarn into bookmarks," she said, adding she has no idea why her bookmarks sold so quickly.
Gavin Tremea put teddy bears dressed as firemen inside small red Christmas stockings.
After an hour, he had sold a few.
Economics means when the demand is high, increase the price, but when the demand is low, decrease the price to bring in the customers, Gavin said.
"We're raising money to go on a field trip," he said.
Caleb Mason made Mod Podge Christmas lanterns filled with saltwater taffy and a candle. His sign on front of his desk said, "Have some Mod Podge and don't dodge Christmas."
Next to him was David Adams, who made countdown calendars with either a Santa head or snowman head.
Audrey Alvarado had her sister tie hemp beaded bracelets.
"I saw the one she had on her backpack, and my mom thought we could make them and sell them."