Great and Easy Fundraising Ideas that Sell in School Fairs

Fundraisers are some of the most popular ways of earning some money for clubs, classes or schools, and an easy one at that, too. All that is needed is an eye-catching portable gazebo with a banner and great items that sell.

There are practically a lot of various items that you can sell in a school fair or community market (if you and your school are participating in one.) From foods to drinks and non-consumable items - the list is endless. If you're still having a hard time figuring out which item you should sell or offer potential customers, here is a list of easy to make items as well as some cheap fundraisers ideas that you can have under a shady gazebo that will help make your money-making event fun and successful.

Customized Cupcakes

If you have a knack for baking, then selling homemade cupcakes is one great idea for a fundraiser. Everybody in class can contribute for the ingredients needed, and the teachers and parents can help in the baking process. You may want to install a protective gazebo wall to protect your cupcakes from dirt. If you're fairly new to baking cupcakes, here are some websites that can help you out:

In order to make s great selling cupcake, you'll need to add a touch of creativity to your masterpieces by personalizing them. One idea is by making cupcakes with different toppings, like M&Ms or candy sprinkles. You can display your cupcakes and let the buyers choose the toppings that they want. 

The image "Crabapple Bakery Old Fashioned Cup Cakes - Mornington Recourse Market" by Alpha on Flickr is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The image "Engagement cupcakes" by Kristin Ausk on Flickr is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The image "Whimsical Secret Garden Wedding Cupcake Tower - Montreal - August 1, 2009" by Clever Cupcakes on Flickr is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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Alternatively, you can learn to make mouldable chocolate toppings by watching this instructional video by My Cup Cake Addiction in order to better customize your cupcake toppings.

Fundraiser Success Tip: Even if you are leading a group with your fundraiser, you also have to take an active part in the event. Don't just sit there and plan and give orders. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. As the leader, be ready to set an example for your group members.

Shakes and Beverages

On a hot day, the one thing that will surely sell is a cool and refreshing drink like shakes or smoothies and juice, which makes for great fundraising items to sell.

Setting up a juice bar on a school fair is not that difficult, although you would need a gazebo with awnings to help protect your customers from the hot sun. The equipment needed are readily available at home or in school, while the ingredients can be bought from the market or grocery store. Here are some links that will help you prepare your shakes and juice:

The image "Cool Smoothies!" by Antonio Picascia on Flickr is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The image "Juice Stall in Barcelona Market" by Gavin Anderson on Flickr is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The image "Barcelona Smoothies" by Mitch Altman on Flickr is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Fundraiser Success Tip: Planning is an important part of a successful fundraising event. Be sure to have everything covered, from who will bring the tables, napkins, trays, and so on. In addition, assign someone to take care of the publicity, from creating and putting up posters to handing out flyers. Delegating gets the job done in a quick and organized manner.

Cadbury Chocolates

Who doesn't love chocolates? Chocolates are some of the best sellers in a school fair. But many are not keen towards the idea, thinking that the chocolates are expensive and the profits are pretty small. Well, what if you can make as much $20 in profit for every box of branded chocolate you sell? Not bad, huh?

Cadbury, one of the most popular names in the chocolate industry, has come up with a great idea that will surely help a lot of fundraisers who want to sell their products. They have a special pricing package tailored specifically for people and students who are planning a fundraiser, so you can choose from a wide array of products and items and purchase them at discounted prices. Check out their order form with profit calculator so you can see for yourself just how much you can earn by selling Cadbury chocolates in your school fair. You can even contact a Cadbury Financial Consultant based in different Australian regions to help you out.

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The image "Chocolate Milk Tray" by Sean MacEntee on Flickr is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Fundraiser Success Tip: Monitor everything that happens during the event - from the money you're making, to the items you are selling, and how well the members of your class are doing. To have a successful fundraiser, everything must be working accordingly. In addition, be sure to have a backup plan, like who's going to run to the market when the mango is running out. Also, always give updates about how much money you're making - this helps to boost everyone's morale.

Healthy Snacks

Some school fundraisers have a theme that they follow, and if yours happens to be about health, then a gazebo filled with healthy snacks is a great idea.

Living Fundraisers is one of the best suppliers of healthy nut and no-nut snacks, pretzels and others which will surely be a hit among customers who are avoiding chocolates or looking for a delicious alternative for one. They sell pre-mixed bags, or you can choose from single varieties and come up with your own mix. For every bag your group sells, you get to keep 40% of the profits, which could be around $20 or more. You can contact Living Fundraisers through phone or their website or download a free info kit and brochure.

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Fundraiser Success Tip: At the end of the day and after counting your profits, be sure to thank each and every person who played important roles in your fundraising event, including the school principal, teachers and parents. Of course, if you had help from an outside company like the one above, be sure to email them a thank you note as well.

A school fundraising event is a great way for classes and schools to earn some extra cash which can be used to fund other activities and expenses. It doesn't have to cost a lot to set up a stall, a little research and some creativity will help you come up with something to sell in under an excellent but affordable gazebo. Besides, fundraising events teach students and those involved in making wise financial decisions, as well as foster values of thriftiness and industry among young and aspiring entrepreneurs.