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Organizing a Bake Sale for Charity 
 
by Mary M. Alward June 17, 2005

Individual Servings

If you plan on selling to children or seniors, wrap baked goods in single servings. A child or senior will not buy a dozen cookies or an entire cake. They will be happy to be able to purchase individually wrapped products that are fairly priced.

More than Baked Goods

Don’t limit yourself to baked goods. Serve coffee, tea, water, soda and lemonade. Have a member of the group that has word processing knowledge produce a small cookbook with recipes donated by the members of your group. Keep the price under five dollars if possible. Create gift baskets and specially packaged goods that can be purchased to be given as gifts.

Prices

Keep your baked goods reasonably priced, while at the same time being certain that you are getting the price of the supplies. Though most of the items will be donated, you don’t want to set your prices too low. Yes, you will see everything, but when you have your next bake sale, people will look for very low prices. Be fair. Charge approximately the same amount as local stores would charge for the same products.

Success

All of these things combined will ensure your baked sale is a great success. Your customers will thank you for all the wonderful goodies and the charity you’ve chosen will thank you for a sizeable donation. Most all of all, make sure that all members of your group have a fun-filled experience and make your bake sale an annual event.

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