Entrepreneurship starts early on Salt Spring. Just ask Aila and Sydney Gessinder, founders of Salt Spring Slime and Kids 2 Kids T-shirts – our youngest vendors to showcase their wares at Made on Salt Spring this weekend at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.
“For our t-shirts, we do our own drawings and then we screen print them on t-shirts,” says Aila. “The design is called the wildlife of Salt Spring. Sydney drew the birds, I drew the giraffe, and we both drew the wildlife. Since everyone is hand screen-printed, every t-shirt is slightly different. We started at the t-shirts in 2016 when I was 12 and Sydney was nine.”
It didn’t take long for the sisters to branch out from their t-shirt business. A year later, in 2017, Salt Spring Slime was born from money saved from their allowances and t-shirt sales. But it was a challenge at first.
“We learned to make slime from You Tube,” says Sydney. “We thought it was going to be really easy and then we ran into trouble. We didn’t know we had to put the borax in slowly, so the first time we tried to make slime, we just dumped the borax in and the slime turn into a hard lump instead of being soft and gooey. But we learned fast!”
“Then we went to the Salt Spring market to sell it and we did really well,” Aila says. “And it’s not only kids who like our slime. Adults like it too.”
You’ll find several varieties of slime, from glittery to scented with flavours like peaches and cream. These cost about $8 to $10 for a jar of slime.
“We are so excited to come to Vancouver to sell our slime and t-shirts at Made on Salt Spring,” Aila says. “We’re bringing more than a hundred jars of slime because Vancouver kids need our Salt Spring Slime!”