I only have pictures of the before we sold, but I am happy to report that nearly everything got sold. We were able to raise over $1500! I am so blessed by the generosity of my church. I love you guys!
Some of you might be thinking, why do I need to read about a bake sale? I have no intentions of putting one on. But I'm here to encourage you to at least think about it. I got lots of grateful responses saying they were so glad that I did this (which was the first one our church has had in over 30 years) and they were so glad for the opportunity to get involved with helping the missionary teams in a tangible (and sweet) way. So yes, maybe the idea of a bake sale is not on your radar yet, but, would you pray about it?
And while you're praying, allow me to let you in on some of my "secrets" of the trade. (I act like I know what I'm doing, but really, I don't. This was the very first bake sale I have ever organized, so it was work, but it was satisfying work.)
Tips for Running a Bake Sale
1. Decide Your Sale Format
|The Silent Auction Table|
|One of the Buy Outright Tables|
2. Decide Your Pricing Scheme
|The yellow $3 section and the uncolored $6 section|
3. Get Volunteers
Don't be afraid to ask for help. People are wanting to help but often they don't know that there is an opportunity to help, so you've got to tell them about it. And don't be afraid to approach specific people. They might not respond to the general call to the masses, but they will probably respond to a specific invitation. I set up a google document with a spreadsheet of what everyone was making. This allowed me and my bakers to keep track of who was making what and prevent too many duplications. And don't overlook high schoolers. They were so valuable to me for the running of the sale. I didn't really have to do anything beyond the set up. It was such a nice relief. Plus, their bubbly personality or no nonsense attitude can be great for getting a sale. :)
4. Clearly Mark Items
|Index card tents|
5. Pretty Sells
|This cake looked elaborate, but was easy to make, see the tutorial here.|
|In the cup and bagged for easy transport.|
|Out of the cup and ready to eat!|
6. Have a Donation Jar
|We put the jar right by the cashier so that people could donate the change we gave them.|
7. Include Specialty Diet Items
|Baking vegan can cover a lot of different allergies, and it can still be delicious!|
8. Think Outside the Box
|Breakfast in a bag with a cute label!|
|World cake balls to remember the purpose of the sale.|
|Things on a stick sell! Put them in a vase for easy display.|
9. Don't Dismiss the Normal Fare
Our best sellers were still good old chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and banana bread. So don't roll your eyes when people sign up for those things. They are an expected, and necessary, component to your sale.
10. Be Prepared for Major Blessing
If you are doing a silent auction, make sure all your pens work because people will be bidding. And if you are selling things outright, provide plastic bags because people will be going home with a haul. Expect great things from God and He will not disappoint.
This was a blessing for my church, it was a blessing for the missionaries we are supporting, and it was a blessing for me. It was so nice to find a niche that I could excel at and make a positive difference.
So please continue to pray about what you can do, and if you are seriously considering doing a bake sale to raise funds for missionaries in your church, I'd be happy to pass along any and all of the things I made up for my event. And I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of it.
What might God be calling you do to do today?
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