Unique things to sell at school – Bake sale and market days
I’m sure your school has already had numerous bake sales, but we can’t deny the power of choc-chip cookies and the bake sale success rate of a really decadent slice of chocolate cake. Parents bake something delicious, send (read: donate) it to school and their kids sell it at their own little stall – it works every time! And kids are especially excited when you put a twist on the goods you’re selling.
Unique things to sell at school – Check out some of our bake sale ideas for creative and delicious treats:
- Unicorn cupcakes
- Frilly fondant flowers fit for a princess party
- Delicious caramel and banana pancakes, with sprinkles
- Rainbow cheesecake bake sale bites will make them the coolest kid in school
- Make your own chocolates
- Make rose bath bombs for your favourite teacher
- Make fluffy unicorn poop
Auctioning off the kids’s masterpieces
Teachers get the kids to paint, draw and doodle whatever they want, or per theme. Older kids can paint, sculpt, carve, weave, embroider or simply use their smartphone photography skills around a theme or in free expression. The school then hosts an exhibition in the school hall and sell or auction off the artworks. Because we’re sure all the moms and dads are just dying to buy a masterpiece by their little Van Gogh.
Unique things to sell at school – Engraved bricks
Students, particularly in high school, look forward to leaving their mark on the place they called home for 5 years. So why not let them? Each student, if they so wish, can pay for a brick, write a wonderful message and memory on it and sign it with their name. Once the fundraiser ends, the school can find a section of the school and build a wall, full of engraved bricks from the class of 2018. Similarly, parents can buy colourful tiles with their child’s name and year on it, which get mounted on a special wall at school. Some schools charge R500 per child so this could be a big fundraiser.
The family cookbook
Another one of our favourite fundraising ideas is the family cookbook. Have each student go home and ask their mom or dad to write down their favourite family recipe, get a volunteer to collect all the recipes and compile it in a beautiful coffee table book. Teachers, parents and students can then buy the cookbook, complete with only the most delicious recipes from your collective school family.
Yard sale and flea market
Here’s an idea that costs nothing and turns that nothing into a lot of money for your school: a yard sale and flea market! Parents donate unwanted (but still in decent condition) goods to school, and the school hosts a yard sale, car-boot sale or flea market on a Saturday morning at the end of the month (hint hint). Parents, teachers and learner volunteers can man the different stalls.
All you need are a few tables on the day and some really good advertising in and around the town and on social media. You could even combine it with a market day, and have people buy a stall for the day to sell food so that it becomes a full fun market day for the whole family. Just watch that your kids don’t buy back that tattered old toy you’ve been trying to get rid of!
Unique things to sell at school – Musical cakes
Parents bake or buy a cake and send it to school with the kids on Musical Cakes Day. After school, host a cake walk: make a huge ring on the field with the cakes and number each one. Whoever buys a ticket to play, gets to line the circle, and move around it as the music plays. When it stops, the principal will read out a number and if you happen to be standing by a particular number he reads out, you get to take the cake home. It’s kind of like musical chairs, but better… and with cake! –
Unique things to sell at school – Old stuff
If you don’t use it, why shouldn’t you make a little money on it? Selling old household items and clothing you’re not using anyway is a great way to clear out your storage areas and make some cash at the same time!
Unique things to sell at school – Handmade goods
If you are handy with arts and crafts, you can sell these through school. It may not make you rich, but it can make a great sideline income.
Unique things to sell at school – Old books
If you have a bunch of old books you don’t read anymore, someone else might want them! Used bookstores will often pay you store credit at 50% of what the books can sell for, or 25% of their value in cash. This is another great way to clean house and clean up at the same time!