Bake sales are especially popular this time of year. You’ll also find homemade sweet treats at craft fairs and holiday bazaars. Bake sales are a great way to raise money for your organization!
- Confirm a good date and get permission from where you will be holding the bake sale.
- Post signs advertising the date and time of your sale.
- List the sale information in your organization’s newsletter or website.
- Email fellow members to let them know the date so you can enlist bakers, and also buyers.
- It’s always nice to have a variety of goods. I also like to keep a list of willing bakers and what they will be making so that I can make something different.
When running a bake sale around a holiday, it is always good to incorporate the holiday as part of the theme for your sale. For example, the bake sale above was on Halloween, so I used Halloween-inspired fabrics, treat bags, containers and stands. The more pleasing to the eye, the more people will be attracted to your table! Be sure to enlist a few friends to help on the day of the bake sale; there will be times when you have more than one customer who needs help.
Don’t forget to use coordinating baking cups, sprinkles, icing decorations, etc. I love to use cupcake stands, cake stands, treat bags, and containers! They are visually appealing and it makes for a nice presentation to have items at different levels.
Think outside the box when you are having a bake sale! Candy molds, especially pretzel molds, are great sellers! Kids love them! Adult love them! And the molded pretzels fit great in the pretzel bags.
Fruit breads are usually high in demand and work well when made in the Mini Loaf Pan, as they have four or six cavities depending on the pan.
I like to price items in increments of .50, $1.00 etc. because it makes it easier to tally the total once a customer comes to pick and choose. Also, be sure to label all the items or know what you are selling. I try to stay away from peanut butter and nut products due to food allergies.
It’s helpful to have napkins handy for the treats that were consumed nearby! Make sure to have enough bags on hand to offer customers so that they can get their treats home – if they make it that far!