Every fall the ladies of my church ask for donations of used artificial Christmas trees. We take a piece of 2X4 with chicken wire wrapped around it. Create grave blankets (and/or pillows) by sticking the tree branches into the chicken wire. They are then decorated with silk poinsettias, pine cones which we spray with gold paint. Then a large bow is attached. These sell really well, and we don't have a lot of money in them. They can be used for a few years, if taken care of.
We hosted a salad/spaghetti dinner (ice tea included, cans of generic cola for .50) where the kids all had a moment on stage to present entertainment. We limited the kids to no more than 5 mins each (most took less). Some sang a song, some played an instrument, and every parent was obligated to be there lolol. We charged $7.00 per adult, $3.50 for children over 2, extra meatball (med size) for .50. Jello dessert, (Included) slices of pies and cakes for $1.00, whole cakes for take/home $3.00 - $10.00 according) We had a volunteer film the kids and offered the tapes to the parents for $5.00.
we asked all families attending to bring at least one item for out upcoming tag sale. (they brought tons of stuff)
The secret to the success was to make sure the food was good, not an overcooked gooey mess. We called upon the families involved in the restaurant industry to supervise the quality control, and most were kind enough to donate ingredients.
The families had lots of fun, and the profits were great.
Our church accepts items (in working order) small & large appliances, tv's, all types of entertainment items, movies, cameras, books, toys, linens, clothing, furniture, glassware, lingerie, jewelry, wardrobe accessories, shoes, tools, knick knacks, decorative items, pictures, holiday decorations, etc. from the public & has quarterly rummage sales. On the actual sale days, we also serve lunch & homemade baked items & beverages.
We take usually 4 days of 'setup' (Mon-Thurs, 8-12 noon) & 2 sale days (Fri 8-4pm, Sat. 8-1pm). Between rummage sales, each Monday (8-12 noon) we have "pre-sort", which is sorting of the newly acquired donations received, boxed and marked for what season, & for what department (ex. Men's Summer, Women's Winter, Toy Room, etc.) Presort makes the actual SetUp days so much easier, as during SetUp days, each box is taken to it's own department & unloaded.
If an upcoming sale is for Spring/Summer & a box is marked "Men's Winter", it gets kept in storage till it's needed sale time. Sometimes, depending on how much items we have for a specific holiday, if we have an abundance say of Christmas decoration items, we'll have a special sale, prior to that holiday, what's leftover goes into the next sale. Hope this helps you & your church out tremendously!! God Bless!
I'd love to hear how you make the tea cup lights. Please post the instructions and a pics , if you can, as Ii know many would appreciate it! Thanks!
I think the tea cup and saucer lights using candle stick lights is cute and you can do so many combos if you decide to use this one email me I can help ya get it started and tell you how to do it I make them for friends and the cups saucers are so cheap and lights you can find in thrift for so cheap plug in candle lights!
A couple of years back a friend and I bought some wooden embroidery hoops, lace remants, and loose potpourri. We hot glued one lace piece, cut to size, to one side of the hoop, filled half way with potpourri, and fitted the top, already fitted with lace, right over the top. Accessorize with a small bow and loop for hanging. We made a hansome little profit and it was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Make sure you are extra thrifty for what you pay for the materials and price them for between $5 and $10 (dependent on size). Added bonus, your house smells wonderful for days afterwards! Good luck
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