Ideas for Bake Sales and Craft Fairs

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Ideas for Bake Sales and Craft Fairs
Cupcakes to be sold at a bake sale or craft fair. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Running a successful bake sale or craft fair is the difference between bringing in a lot of money and little or none for your cause. With proper planning, either event can turn into a success by following some tried and true advice in terms of event planning. From appointing a leader for planning to the variety of items available for sale, the more thought that is invested into the event, the better the chance of bringing in a lot of money for the cause.

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The key to success for bake sales and craft fairs is to advertise your event. One that is done at a school can be advertised by sending flyers home and posting them around the school. Additionally, notify the newspaper, post about it on online forums, take out a classified ad and hang flyers at all public notification boards. You might also contact certain groups that would be interested in your event, such as crafting groups that might want to sell items at the fair.

Combine Events

The more entertainment you have to offer people, the more likely they are to attend your event. Bake sales are often combined with book sales, craft fairs, holiday parties, sporting events or plays. If you are doing a craft fair and bake sale, advertise the two together to get more interest from the public.


Variety will draw more people to your event. For the bake sale, offer cookies, brownies, pies, cupcakes, small loaves of bread, sugar-free items and no-bake items. In planning, make sure people are bringing a variety of cookies -- you don't want to end up with 20 dozen chocolate chip cookies. For craft events, make sure you give vendors enough time to plan for the event; you will draw more of them out, and this will increase the customers' variety.

Something to Drink

Be sure to offer drinks for sale at your craft fair or bake sale. At bake sales people are buying food and will usually want a drink to go with it. Coffee, juice and water are good drink choices for the bake sale. At a craft fair, people are walking around looking at items and often forget to bring a drink to carry. Bottles of water are a good choice for the craft fair because of their portability.

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