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Charity Bake Sale

Good morning!!

I am thinking about having a charity bake sale for Compassion International, however I have never held a bake sale or participated. So my questions are:

How well do they normally do?
Which season is the best to hold it?
What type of goods have you sold/bought?
And please...any other advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Asked by LaceyAM at 8:26 AM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • Outside in the heat of the summer wouldn't be a good idea.
    Baked goods usually sell pretty well, especially if the community knows at least generally who made the food- say a church group, a scout group. $1 packages of cookies and brownies go well, and half cakes and pies, for those that can't use a whole cake or pie. Cakes go well, pies.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:29 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • we do some for gymnastic group fundraisers and so far the fall is best. a crisp cool saturday morning, and have also found that if you also serve a breakfast item like a sausage biscuit or ham roll single men and older retired men will buy them. at one bake sale we made more money off a pan of sausage biscuits ( $1.00 ) than we did everything else. we also did a raffle for a designer cake from a local baker for $.50 each ticket and on one cake we made like 80 bucks. i did a large pan of baklava and cut the pieces in one inch squares for $.50 each and sold every bite. one of our moms does little pound cakes 3 x 6 inch and sells them for $2.00 each and she always sells every one.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:34 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • I have done bake sales for various organizations - school and church groups, military family support groups, etc. I've also done a lot of cookie and popcorn sales for Scouts. Usually, we go where we have a "target audience" - meaning we are likely to encounter people from that group - like in front of the school if it's for PTA, by the Commissary or Exchange if it's for our family support group, after church if it's for a church youth group, etc.

    For foods that aren't pre-packaged (like the Boy Scout popcorn or the Girl Scout cookies), I've found you don't really do well (and some places outright won't let you if it's home made goods) because with all the sick, dirty people (in all senses of the words) out there, a lot of times people won't buy home made goods from strangers just out of the blue basically.

    But, if you do have a location in mind that would be good, here's what you need to do to be legal -



    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:46 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

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    About 4 - 6 weeks from when you want to hold the sale, you need to write a letter of request to the business that you want to have the sale in front of. You need to explain who your group is and what you want to do, and what you are wanting to raise the money for. You also need to request the date and time you want to sell, though it would be better if you could also put in the letter that if those dates aren't available, any they are able to give you would be appreciated.

    Hand carry the letter to the business and give it to the Manager. Some businesses, such as Target, do not allow ANY solicitation, of ANY sort, in front of them. Others, like most grocery stores, will allow you to set up next to one door, to the side, and they might tell you specifically which one, with things like you can't stand in front of the door, etc.

    Then go back about a week later to check on it. If they approve it


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:49 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • I would have to say FALL is the best time for a SALE!!! Make sure you advertise. Have all your volunteers forward an email reminder to their contacts and list it on Craigslist and maybe even your local newspaper! Find a good location Like in an empty parking lot across from a shopping strip. If you are a member of a church try that! Good Luck! Also some people are not into the "sweets" so try having some other things like cornbread, biscuits, or homemade loaf bread!

    Answer by Rebecca727 at 8:50 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

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    If they approve it, get it in writing - have them sign the letter, etc - because there is a good chance that the person in charge the day of the sale is not the person to approve it, and it's not uncommon for someone to forget to tell someone there's a sale going on. This letter is what will keep them from chasing you off or having you arrested for loitering / solicitation / trespassing.

    Then organize your bakers and put the word out to everyone you know about the sale.

    Make some posters explaining your sale.

    I've found that we make more money if we do a "by donation only" - people won't pay $1 for a cookie as a price, but will give a $1 and just take a cookie if it's a donation. Be careful if you do things like full cakes and etc this way, or if you're where people will scam you.

    Write a thank you letter and clean up afterward (even trash that's not yours) they'll be more likely to let you sell there again.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:56 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • OH - something else good to have, if you do decide to do it on a warm day - have coolers filled with cold soda and bottles of water and sell those (for a set price) too!

    If you're near a grocery, you can start with just a small amount - like a 12 pk each of cola, diet, a clear soda, and water. As you start to run out of one, send someone into the store to buy another 12 pack. That way, you don't waste your profits on a lot of extra sodas and water.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 8:59 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • I should have added, this will be through church. I'm hoping to get enough interest to get several churches involved-and the sale (should we go through with it) will be inside the church.

    Answer by LaceyAM at 9:21 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

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