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Now That REALLY Works for Me

A few months ago, I received an email from Kristen of We Are That Family that said some of my WFMW tips were going to be included in the new        That Works For Me! e-book.

To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement! But I will be honest, at the time I wasn’t sure that I would really be interested in buying it.

Now that I have the e-book in my hands on my computer, my opinion has changed drastically! It’s FANTASTIC!!

Consider That Works For Me! your new How-To Manual! I can’t even imagine the time & effort that must have gone into selecting the 800+ tips.

The e-book is broken down 24 categories. It is interactive, so you can click on a tip in the Table of Contents without having to scroll through the whole thing.

And the best part? A portion of the sales will go to Mercy House.

~*~ Save $1 when buying That Works For Me! with the code SAVE1 ~*~

I get to give away an e-book to one of my lovely readers!!!

 

There are several ways to enter:

Giveaway is closed :-)

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Giveaway ends Sunday, April 22nd.

I am honored to have 5 of my WFMW tips included. One of them is Stay-at-Home Hotel. Can you find the other four?

I am also a contributor to WFMW Ebook on Pinterest. Follow along for more great WFMW tips!

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Tips for Planning a Fundraiser Garage Sale

I recently helped organize a Benefit Garage Sale and we were blessed to raise $1500!

This was my 4th fundraiser sale and I have learned quite a few things along the way.

{My first one raised a bunch of money, but left me whimpering in a corner.}

Hopefully these tips will help you plan a great sale!

 {Planning Committee}

Divvy up the responsibilities!!

We created a private Facebook Group for the planners, but email or meetings will work fine.

{Choose a Date & Time}

  • Plan at least six weeks out to give people time to gather donations.
  • Saturday only? Friday & Saturday?
  • Don’t pick a holiday weekend. They tend to be slower, and it limits your volunteer availability.
  • Check your city calendar for big events. These can help or hurt you, depending on the location of your sale.
  • Check availability if holding the sale at a church building, community center or school parking lot.

{Choose a Location}

  • @ someone’s home on a busy road
  • @ a church building (indoors or out)
  • @ a community or rec center
  • in the parking lot of a school
  • in the parking lot of a business

{Have a Rain Back-up Plan}

  • choose a second date  OR
  • move it inside

{Sign Up Volunteers}

You will need people to:

  • sort & price donations
  • put out & pick up signs
  • arrive early on sale day to set up
  • work the sale
  • pack up & clean up
  • drop off boxes to be donated

{Collect Junque}

  • Ask people to gather unwanted items via word of mouth, email, newsletter, and Facebook.
  • Designate a drop-off location, date(s), and time.
  • Offer to pick up items for the elderly.
  • Have people start collecting plastic grocery bags – bunches!
  • Decide what you are going to do with the leftovers: donate, save for another sale, send home with someone

{Gather Supplies}

  • tape
  • poster board
  • sharpies
  • price tags
  • cleaning wipes
  • safety pins (for clothing sets)
  • storage bags
  • change – plenty of dollar bills & quarters
  • empty boxes

{Sort Donations}

Direct people to a specific area when they are dropping off donations. You don’t want unpriced items getting mixed up with ones already priced.

Make signs and tape them to tables or walls so your volunteers know exactly where to place things after they have been priced.

Suggested categories:

  • Household  appliances, dishes, electronics, gadgets
  • Home Decor  pictures, knick knacks, candles lamps, plants
  • Seasonal/Holiday
  • Linens  bedding, towels, tablecloths, curtains, pillows
  • Books  adults, kids, educational
  • Toys, Games, Puzzles
  • Baby Stuff
  • Accessories purses, belts, jewelry, hats, bath & body
  • Clothes  men, women, boys 2t & up, girls 2T & up, infants (nb to 24 mos)
  • Shoes  men, women, boys, girls, infants

Toss little toys and odds & ends in a box. Let kids fill up a bag for a quarter (my friend’s great idea). We used a box of inexpensive bread storage bags.

{Pricing}

My method is to price it low & let it go!

Make several posters that detail your pricing system.

Use neon stickers to color-code items that are 25 or 50 cents. Orange or green stickers were 25 cents, and pink or yellow stickers were 50 cents. Who wants hand cramps from all that writing?

White stickers are priced-as-marked (for items $1 & up).

Most fundraiser sales will have piles & piles of clothes. Don’t bother pricing them – sell them for $5 a bag! (That is why you need to collect a bunch of grocery bags.) Trust me, you will make way more selling them by the bag!!

If someone only wants 1 or 2, sell them for 50 cents each.

Place the nicer clothes (like coats, formals, or business wear) on hangers and hang a sign saying they are priced-as-marked.

Around lunchtime: lower the clothes to $3 a bag, and either mark some of the more expensive items down or declare everything to be half price.

Don’t want to be left with a bunch of stuff at the end or your sale? About 2 hours before the end of your sale, start selling bags for $5 . Allow people to stuff them with whatever they want. (We even handed out trash bags for the bigger stuff.) You would be surprised how much money you can make off of things that probably weren’t going to sell anyway!

{Advertising}

  • let people know why you are raising money
  • spread the word on Facebook or Twitter
  • set up a Facebook event page – add a map
  • advertise on craigslist  **I posted my ad down below if you need ideas
  • put up signs – get a permit if needed
  • grab attention with balloons or streamers
  • have people stand by the street waving signs (very effective if one of them is a cute niece dressed like a clown LOL)

{Sale Day}

  • Start setting up an hour before your opening time.
  • Appoint someone to man the money table – do not leave your cash box alone EVER!
  • Keep paper & pen on hand to help add up purchases.
  • Allow people to bargain, but don’t practically give stuff away first thing in the morning.
  • Have a person or two near the clothes to hand out bags and explain how it works.
  • Tidy up tables throughout the day. Most people don’t want to dig through a jumbled mess.

{Don’t Forget to Eat}

  • Breakfast: buy donuts or have someone bake & bring
  • Lunch: order pizza, brown bag it
  • Cold bottled water
  • Coffee!! Lots & lots of coffee!!! ( We were spoiled with a steamy box of Starbucks- did you know you can buy Starbucks in a box?)
  • Have a dinner plan in place. You will be too tired to cook when you get home.

{Extras}

Check to make sure there are not laws against these in your city.

  • sell cold drinks, candy, or chips
  • bake sale
  • raffle
  • face painting (our teens did a fantastic job!)
  • place a donation jar on the money table

Now sit back, admire your hard work, and give thanks to God for a wonderful day of Fellowship!!

Do you have any tips to add? Share in the comments!

**Our craigslist ad:

We are having a HUGE Benefit Sale on Saturday, March 24th, from 7:00 to 4:00.

The tables are piled high and the donations are still coming!

Here is just a sample of what you will find:

Clothes in all sizes – fill a bag for just $5!
Baby Gear – swings, strollers, bassinet, toys
Home Decor – wall art, frames, lighting, candle holders, baskets, knick knacks
Shoes, Purses, Hats, Belts
Bedding Sets
Books
Bicycles
Puzzles
Vintage Glass & Collectibles
And So Much More!!

Get here early – it is priced to sell!!!



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WFMW – Homeschool for FREE

{This week’s WFMW has a Frugal theme!}

It is that time of year …

Catalogs are filling up the mailbox, the conventions are scheduled, and homeschool parents start doing the math.

But homeschooling doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

At least half of our subjects use free resources that I’ve found online.

I store all of the free curriculum that I come across in my handy-dandy        Homeschool for Free eBinder.

The link for this binder is always in the right-hand column —>

There is something FREE! for just about every subject, with new ones being added regularly. And I don’t mean worksheets & craft ideas – I’m talkin’ complete courses.

You could put together an entire year for free if you are determined enough ;-)

So tell me, do you use FREE resources in your homeschool?

p.s. I will be going through all of these links in the next few days to make sure they are still working. Please let me know if you find one that doesn’t.


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Decluttering with Pinterest

Years ago, I started tearing out ideas from magazines like Family Fun and storing them in binders. I have a terrible memory and having them all in one place served as a visual reminder when each holiday rolled around.

My collection was a lovely one – Christmas, Spring, Summer, Fall, Recipes, Birthday Parties – each carefully organized.  And dusty.  o_O

In my quest to simplify our home, I decided that all the binders had to go. Suddenly it dawned on me that most of the crafts, projects, & recipes were probably online!

I now organize all of those wonderful ideas on my beloved Pinterest.

I do a quick search when I have a few minutes, and immediately throw the magazine pages away (lest I have dusty binders AND full Pinterest boards).

How do you make Pinterest work for you?

     


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WFMW – Jewelry Gifts to Make

You still have plenty of time to make some lovely Christmas gifts!

All of these were found on the always-entertaining Pinterest.

{Bird Nest Necklace}

{Butterfly Paper Clip Bracelet}

{Paper Clip Earrings}

{Enamel Pine Cone Pins}

{Sterling Silver Spoon Ring}

{Baked Marble Necklaces}

{Shrinky Dink Rings}

{Button Bracelets}

{Fabric Scrap Necklace}

Are you making any gifts this year?

Run on over to We Are That Family for some great tips!

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