- Try to choose a good location, somewhere where your table will be well lit and easily visible. It's also a good idea to make sure there's enough space to work and accommodate any lineups.
- Be sure to have everything set up and ready to go at a good time. You want to catch the morning coffee break crowd as well as the lunch crowd, so usually a 9am to 2pm sale works well, and if your bake sale is a hit, you can stay open longer.
- Let people know what your bake sale is raising funds for, either by announcing it or putting a sign out for display. People are more likely to purchase something if they know it's for a good cause.
- Presentation is key! Make your bake sale table inviting. Sure, maybe your brownies look inviting enough, but it doesn't hurt to get creative and use some decorations like coloured tablecloths, napkins and pricing signs. If you can tie it in with a theme, like Christmas, even better. Take care to make your goods visible and presentable too.
- Another good idea is to have a little variety, and you can even include healthier alternatives, so if someone passes up on your decadent chocolate chip cookies they might go for your breakfast bars.
- If possible, have your bake sale on a day that's close to pay day, people will be much more willing to indulge their appetites with a full wallet.
- Make sure you have enough staff to deal with any lineups, usually 2-3 people is enough, but if you're working alone you may find that you can't keep up with demand. And you don't want keep those customers waiting!
As a little added incentive, here are some of our favourite baked goods recipes:
Banana Buttermilk Cupcakes
Butter Tart Squares
Crispy Rice Pops
Chocolate Coconut Mounds
Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Shortbread Cookie Cutouts
Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies