Basic Bake Sales

I’m seventeen and for the first time in my life, I had a bake sale at my school. I had always seen bake sales as somewhat bureaucratic.I never knew who was in charge of allowing the bake sale and whether or not anyone had to oversee everything. How would I get the food? What kind of food did I need, and how much? How did I know what to charge for each item? It seemed impossible to have a bake sale and even more impossible to pick a charity it would benefit, but with the pen pal program fees looming over the KidsForShe checkbook, every penny I could get seemed worth while. I decided I would tackle the process of having a bake sale. Of course this wasn’t my first time selling some sort of nourishment to a mass of people, but I never considered the lemonade stand I had when I was nine in order to buy myself a Harry Potter wand worth commemorating. The bake sale I had this Monday at my school, is.

While I was handing out cupcakes and cookies to hungry middle schoolers, I realize how important it is for young people to have that experience. It is vital, that from a young age, we teach young people easy ways to raise and give money to charity. So here it is: BAKE SALES 101. All you need to do to host a successful bake sale.


Step 1. Know your customers. Has your school had a bake sale before? How successful has it been?If it hasn’t, would introducing bake sales successfully get you the money and awareness that you need?


Step 2. Set a date. Talk to your school administrators and ask for a specific time and day to have your bake sale.


Step 3. Find people to “man/woman” the bake sale. You can’t sit at the food stand all day, so coordinate a schedule that works with your friends


Step 4. Know what to bring.  Everyone is going to want to bring in chocolate chip cookies, but for a truly successful bake sale, diversity is key. Here are some yummy alternatives: brownies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, candy, donuts, etc. If you and your friends each agree to bring something different, people are more likely to buy more things.


Step 5. Set a goal for yourself. If you know how much money you want to raise, then you can calculate how much each item should cost depending on how many of each treat you are going to have and how popular some treats are.


Step 6. Have that bake sale. Set up a station somewhere in your school, and sell some sweets! People Are going to LOVE you and your organization.


If you want to practice these mad bake sale hosting skills, but don’t know what charity you want to give your earnings to, start with KidsForShe! Any contribution counts.


Happy baking!