Have a team of keen gardeners associated with your organisation? Well; a plant sale fundraiser may be just the way to go. Not only is it immense amounts of fun, but you could also generate a rather healthy sum of cash for your charity too. Let’s take a little look, shall we?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to planning a plant sale fundraiser is to not plan it in advance. You have to realise that many of the gardeners that will be taking part will have to plant a few extra seeds in order to have something to sell. If you give people a week’s notice then you will have nothing.
How to Run Plant Sale Fundraiser
Whilst many organisations will run a plant sale fundraiser as an independent event, I find that they tend to work best when partnered with another event that the organisation is running. After all; attracting people to a plant sale fundraiser may be difficult, but attracting them to a fare where the plant sale will be running is going to be a whole lot easier for you.
Some organisations may not even wish to sell plants. One idea that seems to be working quite well at the moment, and something which is encouraged by many organisations out there, is the idea of a plant swap. The idea is that you charge people an entrance fee. They can then enter and swap seeds and plants to their heart’s content. You could also have refreshments out on offer to make a little bit of extra money.
How you run your plant fundraiser is up to you. You may want a large stall with everything that people have offered up for sale on it, or if you have a lot of people planning to come to the show in order to sell their wares then you may have multiple stalls. It is important that you have some way of managing everything though!
Obviously your main goal at a plant sale fundraiser is to try and make as much money as you possibly can. It is however important that you do not fall into the trap of selling the products that you have on offer for too much money. You may make a couple of sales here and there, but the majority of people will be put off by purchasing from you. It is better to make a small amount of profit on each item and sell more of them. You will end up raising a lot more money for your organisation that way!
Apart from this; there is very little that you are going to need to think about other than ensuring that the visitors to your plant sale fundraiser have the best time possible. You may even want to consider bringing in a plant expert from the local area to give a short talk. This will encourage people to come through the door and it may even lead to a few additional sales.
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