With the current economic situation raising concerns over increasing cost and dwindling resources Mississauga Schools are sure to be looking for ways to increase the monies they raise through fundraisers. A bake sale might be one of the options your school’s parent council considers…
Bake sales are a great school fundraiser. To make sure your school bake sale is a success here are a few tips to help you raise some dough!
10 Tips for a Successful Bake Sale!
- Find a willing business partner - grocery stores, banks, and large retailers are great to call on.
- Pick a busy shopping weekend – Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter are the best.
- Give parents and teachers lots of notice and remind them often.
- For those who don’t like to bake there are loads of other options. Volunteer to help package and price, donate cello wrap, trays and ribbon, buy bulk candy that can be packaged in cello bags and tied with pretty ribbon, donate supplies to an avid baker – flour, sugar, butter, etc.
- Reach out in your community for help. Talk to your Ladies Auxilary Club, Red Hat Society or other service organizations.
- Ask for all goods to be delivered unwrapped, uncut and the day before.
- Have a crew ready the night before to help package and price. Spending some time making things look pretty will help you sell out faster and get a better dollar for your goods. Remember this is a school fundraiser and you want to MAXIMIZE your profits.
- Hot sellers – whole pies, whole coffee cakes and loaves, sucre la creme, cookies, chocolate covered marshmallows on sticks, candy on sticks, decorated cookies, homemade jams and jellies, homemade truffles. Think “What would people make at home if they had the time?”
- Not so hot – anything that needs to be refrigerated, items with messy icing.
- Spread the word about your event beyond your expected clientele! Use local event calendars and website like Mississauga Kids to let everyone know about your event.
If you are holding your bake sale for the kids at your school then all of the above is null and void. Single servings work best, don’t worry about the packaging and the messier the better! Messy icing is a must! All kinds of cookies or cupcakes with candy in it is also a big mover.
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$4 from the purchase of each kit goes directly to the school to help with fundraising initiatives for something that parents would have to purchase anyway.
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