Bazaar Fundraising Ideas

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  • Introduction

    Bazaar Fundraising Ideas

    Holding a bazaar can be an excellent way to interact with your community and raise money for a cause or organisation. No matter how many or few stalls you have available, your bazaar fundraiser can be a success with careful planning and lots of creativity.

    Entice the community with lots of fun activities and attractions. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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    Food and Drink

    Buy marshmallows, assorted fruits and a chocolate fountain. Use craft-store wooden sticks to make a variety of kebabs and sell them. Charge an extra dollar to dip them in the chocolate. Set up a cake stall and sell slices of different kinds of cake. Arrange a couple dozen jars of different kinds of candy. Charge £3 to fill a cup with as much candy as desired. In winter, put up a stall for hot drinks, such as cocoa, hot tea and coffee. In summer, sell punch, lemonade and sweet tea.

    Sweet treats are a fail-safe bazaar food item. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Raffles and Quick Contests

    Canvas your community businesses and solicit donated merchandise to use as prizes. Sell raffle tickets at the entrance, and have volunteers walking around to sell more. Give away a door prize every 15 minutes so that people stay interested. Give away a "big" prize, such as a flat-screen TV, at the end of the day. You could also hold a five-minute contest every half hour. Play a short song clip and challenge attendees to identify it, or ask a sports trivia question. Turn this into a fundraiser by requiring attendees to purchase a special ticket to be eligible to enter.

    Raffle tickets are cheap and can yield big profits. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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    Set up classic games at your bazaar, such as a milk bottle ring toss or balloon darts, and charge participants a dollar per try. Put up a small stage and hold your own version of trivia game shows such as "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" or "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" Charge each entrant five dollars. You could also rent professional card tables and have a poker game. Or, fill a bucket with water and place a quarter at the bottom. Give a prize to whoever successfully lands a dime on top of it.

    Ask poker players to donate part of their winnings to your organisation. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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    Other Fund-raising Ideas

    Set up a hoop and hold a basketball shoot-out. Charge each entrant a dollar. Solicit donated merchandise from local vendors and hold a silent auction. Create a team treasure hunt with clues all over the grounds of your bazaar. Charge each team an entry fee. Stick large lollipops, some with painted bottoms to indicate they're winners, into a bucket of sand. Charge a dollar for a pull. If a winner is pulled, give away a small prize.

    Auction the cleaning services of a local youth group. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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