Schools and PTAs

Fundraising Gift Shops at School

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One of the most successful ways of raising funds through a Gift Shop is to hold a shop at school.

The idea is that the shop is held during the school day so that pupils can buy gifts as a surprise for parents and siblings - when they take them home they are already wrapped so there is no guessing what they've bought! This works really well on Mother's Day, Father's Day and at Christmas too.

If you advertise the shop well, then almost all the pupils will bring in money as they will all get a chance to browse and choose a gift/gifts. We recommend that in your advertising you suggest a maximum amount children can bring (for example 6 per child - two gifts). This helps prevent pupils bringing all their pocket money in and spending too much, but also gives parents some guidance about how much money they should send in - as well as giving you an idea of how much stock to order.

You lay out all the gifts in the hall, bring in a couple of classes at a time, and sell! All you need are volunteers to run the shop for a couple of hours.

Each gift costs you just 2 + VAT. If you sell at the recommended 3 then you make 60p - 1 per gift sold (depending on your VAT status).
So if you sell 100 gifts then you have made 60 - 100 with very little effort! And if you are a larger school or organisation, selling 400 or more gifts then you could make 240 - 400 in just a couple of hours.

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