Cancer Bake Sale Fundraiser - Help With Pricing Please!

Decorating By twinsmake5 Updated 19 Apr 2008 , 1:25pm by CarolAnn

twinsmake5 Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 6:00pm
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How much would you charge for cupcakes - each, 4 pack, 12 pack?

How much would charge for a 9x13 pan of brownies?

How about cookies? Each? (they will be like the ribbon usaribbon.gif)

Would you cut the brownies and pack them in smaller sizes?

How about mini muffins - I'm make mini pecan pie muffins.? Would you pack them in 4's, 6's, 12's?

I don't have much info on bake sales. Please help. My 18 yr old is in charge of this and I want to help out. I'm proud that he is doing so much for others.

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BigTexinWV Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 7:19pm
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This may sound weird but the most successful bake sales we have ever had is when you ask people to donate what they think is appropriate. Seriously last year we may $1700!!!!!

martmarg Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 7:36pm
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twinsmake5
Are you in Midland, Tx.? I just saw an ad in the paper about a bake sale/ garage sale for a cancer patient. And since you are from TX I thought what a coincidence. If so I would like to help since that is close to me. Good luck. I've seen during our church bakesales that they usually price everything between 5 to 15 dollars depending the item.

kansaswolf Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 7:37pm
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Also, MOST people who go to a bake sale aren't looking to buy BIG items (at least in my experience). Whole pies? Not touched. Individual pieces? Couldn't plate them fast enough... Seems to me that "single serving" packages went the best.

So YES, cut up and repackage the brownies, pack 4-6 mini muffins (depending on exactly HOW "mini" they are), cupcakes, probably individual and maybe a 4-pack.

I like the idea of donation, but sometimes (as we all know) people don't have the best idea of what prices SHOULD be... Though they'll usually feel guilty about paying very little for a charity cause... icon_biggrin.gif

I'd charge $1.50 - $2 per cupcake, or $5-$7 for the 4-packs. Cookies, $.50-$1 depending on size and whether they're iced or not. Brownies, cut them small and put multiples in a package (2-4) and charge similar, maybe slightly less than cupcakes, since they're not iced. Mini muffins, charge the same as cupcakes.

Of course, you have to know your audience as well. This kind of pricing works for me in a SMALL town (under 7000), but if you're in a big town or a pricier neighborhood, they'll be used to paying more, and will be happy to shell out for a good cause.

Good luck to you and your son! icon_biggrin.gif

minorfan Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 11:23am
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Recently went to one and the pricing was:

$2 for 2 minicupcakes

$2-3 for individual (pretty) cupcakes

Cookies - large $1.50 each small 3 for $2

Mini cakes 4-6 inch $10 really decorated to the max

They also had a really pretty box made up for DONATIONS for people who wanted to donate but not buy the sugar! This is full!

They also had chocolate covered strawberrys for $1 each and these sold out first.

Good luck.

Swede-cakes Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 12:12pm
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Let's see. The Town Library bake sale I participated in last month had the following for pricing. Cookies: 3" across, $.75 each, Brownies $.50 each, and the 8" gold w/bc cake I donated was priced at $10. There were also miniloaves of banana and pumpkin breads for $3 per loaf.

The way I see it is; yes, it's to raise funds, but many people here don't expect to pay full retail price either. I agree with kansaswolf that individual pieces sell like hotcakes. Sometimes you will get a customer or two that does buy a whole small cake or 6-pk of cupcakes for dessert after dinner that night or something (that's what I do). I live in a rural/suburban town in So. NH, and high-priced items don't go as fast. But we make a great amount of money selling things on a smaller scale at affordable prices. We actually have a good amount of children who show up at the table with a dollar in their little hands, and we make sure there are items they can purchase "all by themselves". icon_smile.gif

Hth! Best of luck for this great cause!

CarolAnn Posted 19 Apr 2008 , 1:25pm
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Boy, this is coming up at the perfect time for me! I'm doing the Relay For Life 12 hour walk for the American Cancer Society in June. We're having a collective garage sale the same day as our city wide garage sale on May 10th and I plan to sell baked goods. I'm going to make cupcakes, cut my banana bread into slabs, and make pink ribbon cookies if I can find a ribbon cookie cutter that isn't huge. When we have a team meeting I'm sure there will be more.

I thought I'd make up some boxes of 4 for the cupcakes as well as sell individually, but keep cookies and breads in packages that people will can walk away and eat. That's what my grand daughters and I like to do at craft sales, find the good cookies and munch while we look around. I hadn't even thought about pricing yet. I usually pay a buck for a bag of 3-4 cookies. I think they usually keep the prices at $1, $2 etc without the change. Much easier to eliminate having to handle change. And a lot of people will give their kids a dollar to buy something on their own, as someone mentioned.

I wondered how selling for donation only worked out for baked goods. This came up at our meeting Thursday, but it was about other types of sale items.

Thank you Twinsmake5 for raising this question!!

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