The Junior Achievement Clubs of Kagman High School and Saipan Southern Highs School showcased their hot-selling items at the Street Market last Thursday. Both KHS’ fabric fresheners and SSHS’ phone charms sold out that night, according to both clubs.
“First your charm it, cap it, and love it,” Yvonne Indalecio, president of the SSHS JA Club said, when asked to describe how to place the charms on your phone.
The baubles come in different symbols, each with their own special meaning. One bauble was shaped as a pink ribbon to support breast cancer awareness; another one was teal, in support of the fight against sexual and substance abuse and ovarian cancer.
SSHS JA Club’s company is called “Pacific Bauble.” They sold charms at $2.99 per piece.
“A lot of meaning, a lot of messages, a lot of accessorizing” come with what they offer, Indalecio said.
Their booth was decorated with Christmas lights, balloons, and their “Pacific Bauble” logo that night. Indalecio appeared excited and confident about their club’s chances in the competition. She said the “fire was on.”
“We are attracting customers like flies,” she told Saipan Tribune. They sold all their 272 charms, according adviser Jonathan Aguon.
The money will go to the stock capital of the JA club, Indalecio said, so they could have more money to buy marketing supplies and improve their company.
There were also rubber charms as well in the shape of butterflies, hearts, American flags, suns. They also had silver charms in the shape of starfish, dolphins, feathers, and bicycles.
Aguon said his students spent weeks to discuss, formulate, and get their business up and running. “They came up with a product. They manufactured it, and even created a commercial to promote it,” he said.
“We’ve had different selling events to promote the company and to promote the products, and it all culminates tonight with the final selling event.”
“We are very proud because their hard work really shows,” he added.
Allison Arellano, vice president of the Kagman JA club, described their product as an “anti-bacterial air fabric freshener.” Its purpose, she said, is to take away the “moldy smell” of household items.
“It has certain components, like geranium, lemongrass, and rosemary, and we are selling it for $10 [a bottle],” she said.
People should buy it because it’s Christmas and it comes in Christmas coding, purple and gold, she added
“We are officially sold out. We made a great profit,” she said. They brought 25 bottles to the market.
The students made the products themselves, combining and measuring the ingredients, and ordering the bottles online.
“This island has a need. It’s so common for houses to have molds, so we tried to find a solution,” said club president Jason Salgado.