Monday, November 1, 2010
The prettiest bake sale ever...
So now the night before the bake sale we had a million baked goods to decorate and package. It took us hours, but we got it all done. So early the next morning we set up our table in the building across from the church, and set up a sign my daughter made advertising our bake sale on an easel out in front of the building. It truly was the prettiest bake sale ever. And my wonderful but shy 11 year old daughter actually went out in front of the church doors each time a mass let out with a container for donations, and told people about the bake sale. It's a shame more people didn't come to see it, but those who did bought quite a bit. Our team of 3 raised a little over $30 each that morning. Not as much as we had hoped for, but at least it was something. We immediately froze any leftover items that could be frozen, so that we could use them for the next event we had planned a month later.
We learned a valueable lesson from that first beautiful bake sale, about what worked and what didn't. We learned that we didn't really have to take the incredible amount of time we took to package each item so nicely, it didn't seem to increase our sales enough to make it worth the effort. We also learned that whole and half cakes and pies sold the best, I guess because people took them home to have for dessert after a nice Sunday dinner. What didn't sell as well as we thought were the smaller packages. I wish we had packaged some whole pans of brownies or some packs of cookies by the dozen, I believe they would have sold better. But lesson learned for the next time!