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#1 cantthinkofone

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:59 AM

Hi all

My boys school is having their 21st birthday fete in March.

I'm looking for great ideas and ways to fundraise for it. Or even tell me things you've seen at other fetes etc that have been great.

We are having people who like to hold stalls etc come in also.


Edited by Therese, 09 November 2012 - 07:17 PM.

#2 mindy05

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:31 PM

We have found that rather than let outsiders come in with their own stalls, we have had school run ones. For example, one parent had a face painting stall one year and would have taken home over $700. She only had to pay $30 to the school, so made a huge profit.

I would look into children's rides and book them now. The kids seem to love the jumping castle and giant slide the most. If you have several rides, then you can sell wristbands to the kids for unlimited access. Ours are $25 if bought before the day, and there are 5 activities to choose from.

Your basic stalls could be:

BBQ- sausages in bread, souvlaki (we're in a big Greek area), falafel .

Cold drinks/ icypoles

Coffee stand- We've just bought a coffee machine. It almost paid for itself on the election day 2 weeks ago.

Cake stall- send a paper plate in a plastic bag home  the week before, ask parents to bring cakes, listing ingredients, the morning of the fete.

Lolly stall/ candy bar. We make up bags of mixed lollies and fairy floss.

Craft stall- I belong to a group which meets every fortnight for a crafting session and we make things to sell. Also get donations from other people in the school. This also includes a badge making area.

Secondhand books/ clothes/ toys.

Jams/ Fresh produce. We have lots of jam making sessions in the canteen through the year. People also donate excess vegetables and herbs from their gardens.

Kids' activities- hair and nail bar, face painting, sideshow games, lucky dips.

ETA One of our most popular stalls is the cupcake decorating. Lots of mums make uniced cupcakes. The kids can use frosting and lollies to decorate their cupcakes. We charge about 2.50 each.

Edited by mindy05, 09 November 2012 - 12:33 PM.

#3 lisazee

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

Great idea r: cupcakes

Sand art stall?

#4 FiFo

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:44 PM

One thing I've seen at local fetes which the kids seem to really love is badge making. If you can get your hands on a badge press (I think Officeworks sells them) then you can have magazines or paper and let kids design t\and rpess their own badge...

Good Luck!

#5 --binda--

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:59 PM

I live around that area (well blacktown).

Most of the school fetes we have been to have hair accessories, tupperware, kids clothes, toys, candles, etc.

#6 Natahs_mum

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:09 PM

We just had ours.. and we got each year level to be involved... as well as people outside with stalls and rides etc...

Also asked parents to volunteer on their child's year stall for some part of the day.

Preps didn't have to do+ much but they had a guess the baby photos where the prep teachers and other teachers put their pics up and you had to guess who was who.

Level 2 (grade 1 and 2's) had a cupcake stall, where parents (of this year level) were asked to bake some and bring them in and then peoiple could decorated them.

I think one year level had a 2nd hand bookstore.

Another level did cakes and thinks to sell.

We had a lot of arts and crafts stalls, intimo stall, clothing store, and also an area set up for smaller kids.

#7 Marchioness Flea

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

Plants are good. i bought some at a recent fete which were seedlings grown in newspaper tubes filled with soil. Most were 50c, bigger ones $1.50.

#8 no spring chicken

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

We've just had our fete and was a great success.
The big winners were the Chocolate Wheel, Tombola and Dunk 'em (where teachers and other volunteers get dunked into a small pool and people pay money to try to hit the trigger). I believe the school invested in the Dunk'em set up many years ago and it's always a money spinner and good fun.

#9 Mumsyto2

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:16 PM

QUOTE (mindy05 @ 09/11/2012, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have found that rather than let outsiders come in with their own stalls, we have had school run ones. For example, one parent had a face painting stall one year and would have taken home over $700. She only had to pay $30 to the school, so made a huge profit.

Not understanding something here. Our stalls are all school run and we have a face painting stall also every fete year. The face painter(s) provide their services, are reimbursed for the equipment i.e. paint, sparkles, whatever and the school takes the profit - its all about getting people to donate goods/services to profit the school. In the example you use the face painter  benefits but the school does not? The face paintings are deliberately kept smallish and are low cost accordingly in order to pump maximum numbers through and normally makes around 2K.  All of our stalls run like this. Another big favourite is the cupcake decorating stall.

A big money spinner is the rides, the kids buy armbands before the day which allows unlimited rides - the prepurchase of armbands pays for the rides up front plus runs a profit. Theyn make even more of a profit on the day by kids coming who do not go to the school buying armbands or just paying for tickets for individual rides.

Another money spinner is the food stalls. The school canvases food businesses asking for donations for the day (such as spring rolls, satay skewers etc) and buys any perceived shortfall at cost. They hire deep friers/bain maries etc and this along with the traditional sausage sizzle makes a good profit.

We are a smallish public primary school of around 400 kids and after costs the fete usually brings in around 30-50K dependant upon weather on the day.

Edited by Mumsyto2, 09 November 2012 - 01:17 PM.

#10 tothebeach

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:33 PM

We are a small school in a lower socio-economic area.  Stalls that work well for us:
- plant stall (all donated plants from parents or school kitchen garden)
- toy and book stall (everyone always has heaps of kids books and toys that they want to clear out and kids love to buy these)

We also do the usual chocolate wheel and raffles/silent auction.  They don't raise quite as much money as they could because parents can't afford to bid that high.

We get the local footy team in (Manly Sea Eagles) and kids pay to try to get the ball into a hole for the prize - always lots of boys waiting for this.

Oh, and pre-purchased mixed lolly bags.  I think that they cost 50c to buy and we sell for $1.50.

Edited by tothebeach, 09 November 2012 - 01:34 PM.

#11 belindarama

Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

On top of all the suggestions PPs have made we do a hamper stall.

Each child gets a small box, some cellophane and some ribbon sent home a few weeks before the fete. You are asked to make up a little hamper.

Popular ones are small baby gifts, coloring in sets or other little craft hampers, small kids toys, just any collection of little things that don't cost much but can be packaged up into something cute and appealing. The kids return them to school on a mufti day.

On the same mufti day the older year levels bought a bottle for a bottle lottery. That did well also. People brought wine, homemade jam, sauces and that kind of thing.

Not everyone brings something in but enough come back for some really good stalls that make good money.

We also had a vintage clothing stall and people donated things in good condition they didn't want, including school uniforms. That was a cracker.

We do the ride armband thing as well. Last year we made $70k in a school of 360. It was enough to buy 1 iPad per 2 students in the K-2 year levels as well as other things. So even though I donated a few things my child sees the benefit.

#12 StilettoMum

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

For a church I used to volunteer at I ran the 2nd hand /white elephant stall every Melbourne cup day. People would donate unwanted smaller goods over a set period of time and then on the day bring any larger items. Best I did was sell around $2000 of goods in one day. The downside is storing items until the day (thus larger donations only accepted on the day). But given Christmas is coming up and people like to get rid of things before and after a good time to be collecting for a school fete.

PS goods were stored in the church basement not in my house!

PPS a good trick when selling 2nd hand is to not price general items (only items that should go for a good price or larger items and bulk items ie 6 cups for $2 etc and when people say how much on an unpriced item say make an offer generally people if they know its for a good cause will pay slightly more. The aim is to get rid of everything so as the day wears on sell more items in bulk. The new vicars wife once had a go at me for selling items off too cheap she believed - I had at this stage been runing the stall for many years, she started asking higher prices and people wouldnt buy, so she kindly removed herself from the stall and let me get on with raising funds! I told her the only time to be strict with buyers was first thing in the morning when dealers would come buy hoping to get bargains to resell. Other that that it was mean to be a fun day when people dropped buy to have fun, talk to friends and buy bits and pieces. It didn't matter if something sold for 20c it all adds up and is one less thing to put back under the church basement!

Edited by StilettoMum, 09 November 2012 - 04:36 PM.

#13 becstar101

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

We recently held our kinder fete, which was exhausting but lots of fun.

Best stalls for us were the cake stall(so many delicious things), badge making stall, and raffle. We also had silent and loud auctions, craft stall, second hand clothes, books and toys, decorate your own ice cream, sausage sizzle, beer and wine, cream teas, face painting and nail painting.

#14 The Old Feral

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

Rides and more rides!  Big ones people can see from the street. They bring the kids in from far and wide. Sell unlimited ride passes and while the kids line up all day,  the parents spend a fortune original.gif

#15 Indi

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

Our old school did mystery bottles/jars.  People donated a jar filled with something - lollies, glow sticks, hair ties etc.  Each bottle/was numbered and people bought a ticket and "won" the jar.  We charged $1.50 and made heaps of money.  Our local general store donated a lot of lollies which were put into empty donated jars - really simple and the kids loved it.

Agree with rides and wristbands.  Even better, try and get some local businesses to sponsor the rides to cut costs.

Silent auction - seek donations from wherever and "auction" them.  Have a corresponding sheet of paper for each item with a starting bid.  People write their bid and there is a closing time.  We also had each class make a hamper with a theme (Mums, Dads, Family, Wine and chocolate, Thank God its Friday etc) and put these in the auction.

Our little country school with just over 100 kids would make roughly $23,000 profit each year.

#16 livvie7586

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

one thing our schools do (our school and it's sister school) that hasn't been mentioned is have 'stars' or 'hands'.  each point or finger has a different offer on it, so our school this year (fete was last saturday), was one point with a sausage sandwich, one with a drink, one with an icy pole, one with a free toy/book from the white elephant, and one for a ride (this year it was a choice of a balance beam competition, or a tractor hay ride.  the sister school had a one as a tattoo/face painting).  stars sold for $5 each, and they sold out on the day, plus it was great for the kids as they didn't have to ask for everything (so groups got together and went off on their own), but it didn't include the big money spinners of the jumping castles or laser tag.

#17 adnama

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

Our schools biggest and quickest seller (sold out in 1 1/2hrs) was buy a jar.

certain classes were asked to bring a jar (3 classes and they wanted 100 jars from each class)

Each jar had its own number. you drew a number out of a bucket and what ever jar had that number you won. There were some really bad items and some fantastic jars. People could donate crafts, lollies, stationary, groceries etc... as long as it was in a jar of some sort.

The only suggestion if you did this was have the jars behind and the volunteers hand out the jars we had a few go missing. But the excitement of not knowing what they would get drew ppl in.

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