Most mums ‘love’ a glittery handmade card or decoupage tissue box cover, but if you’d prefer to outsource Mother’s Day gifts this year, and make a bit of money at the same time, you can always set up a stall with the professionals.
In a Nutshell
Fundraising idea: a range of fun and curious gifts for Mums
Suitable for: school Mother’s Day stall, any fete or fundraiser, Christmas
Profit: approx. 15%-100%
Mother’s Day Stall is an online company dedicated to Mums, run by Aussie parents. It has a range of fun gifts that range from 50c to $4.95 that can be re-sold at a Mother’s Day Stall at your school, childcare, kindy or club at a profit of your choosing.
By selling items with a mark-up of 50c to $2, the gifts are within reach of most school children (or at least their parents who will be sending cash along to school), and kids can have the excitement of choosing their own gift for Mum or Grandma.
The gifts are predominantly gag or curio gifts, but most either have a practical use or are just plain fun. Mums (and kids) will get plenty of joy out of items such as a pretty pink picnic blanket ($4.95), a jewellery hanger in the shape of a lamp post ($3.95), a magnetic flower pot that lets you stick a flower (or other important thing) to the fridge ($3.50) or a face mask ($2.95) that would be very handy when you are meant to watching the kids’ recital and want a little nap instead.
The ordering process
You can order online, and there is no minimum order. Freight is capped at $20 no matter where you are in Australia and no matter how much you order. For orders of more than 100 items, they will include 100 free gifts bags.
You can also download their current catalogue here.
Mother’s Day 2017 is May 14th and orders must be received two weeks prior (Monday 8th May) to ensure that gifts are received in time (ie to run a stall on the Friday before Mother’s Day).
Schools do not need to pre-pay – an invoice will be sent at the time of the goods being dispatched and you have seven days to pay. You can hold your stall, raise funds and pay the invoice without ever needing to be out of pocket.
The fundraising process
Promoting your stall in advance is key. List some of the items you have chosen (and clearly identify the price points) in newsletters, signage and other marketing.
The company recommends ordering one to one and a half items per student. Choosing products with a variety of price points is essential – the cheapest products are a recycled pen and pencil set (50 cents) and tray that makes ice cubes in the shape of jewels ($1.00) up to $4.95 for products like picnic rugs, multi-screwdrivers and a kitchen tong set.
Organise a roster system so classes can visit the stall at specified times – this helps to keep things orderly. Older kids can act as ‘sellers’ for the younger classes. Another idea would be to have a separate gift wrapping stall set up alongside to raise extra funds.
Profits are entirely up to you – you can add a set margin to every item (ie $1 or $2) or sell everything at the same set price.
There is also a flat rate of $20 delivery across Australia.
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