A few weekends ago, a few girlfriends and I had a bake sale at Glebe markets to raise funds for Cancer Council. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you probably would have seen the flock of photos that I have posted in sheer excitement leading up to the day. Bel hosted the bake sale as part of the Cancer Council’s Girls Night In event, so on Friday night we congregated and turned her house into a sweat shop of baked goods. In one room we had girls making aprons for those that will be present at the markets, one group of girls were in charge of baking cupcakes, another decorating and packaging them, there were almond croissants and cake pops baking and I wrapped marshmallows into individual packs.
I love the markets but sadly, I don’t get to go often as it’ll take me a while to get into the city and honestly, I think I prefer to sleep in on the weekends. Although, I think it’s probably a good thing that I don’t get to go to the markets that often because within the first hour I had purchased a beanie, jacket and several ceramic cups. Damn impulse purchases …
An early morning start was required of us to reserve a spot in the markets. We missed the chance to score the prime position of being next to the cafe as we thought that when people grab a coffee, they can grab some baked goods as well. The stall that we managed to get was in and amongst the other stalls, most of which were selling pre-loved clothes and random knick-knacks. I preferred this location as it was in a more open space and I felt like we are apart of the markets.
As we walked around the markets, everyone would recognise us as “the girls with the charity bake sale”; the coordinated aprons definitely helped. Everyone was very supportive of what we were doing. The vibe from the markets was very friendly, and they were generally pleased to see new, friendly faces to the markets; some were disappointed to learn that this was a one-off event.
The goodies that I made were some of my favourite tried and tested treats that would be easy to pack into individual packages. These included vanilla bean marshmallows, chocolate and almond cookies and marblised chocolate and blueberry cream cheese cookies. I was extremely chuffed that people are buying and enjoying my baked goodies.
The store was up and running from about 9am but things started off pretty slowly at the beginning of the day. However, it might’ve been because we had set prices ($1-5, average price was $3) on the baked goods and that deterred people. We took a gamble and decided to scrap the prices and changed the sign to say “Donations for baked goods” and we also gave away samples for people to try. I think that must have guilt tripped people into buying things from us.
Everything sold out well before the markets officially close. Seeing as all the money we raised went towards Cancer Council, we were pleased to have raised $509.85 from the bake sale. Not a bad effort at all.
Throughout the entire process of baking, packaging and selling the baked goods, all I could think of is organising more bake sales to raise funds for various charities. One of my memories from my American holiday in 2010 was a food blogger bake sale that my cousin took me to in LA. I remember seeing a variety of cookies, cupcakes, cake and candy spread all over several tables and there was a sense of excitement in the air.
So I wanted to know, are there any bloggers out there that would like to participate in (possibly) monthly bake sales and whether or not you would visit us if there were organised? What charities would you like to see us raising funds for? Register your interest here.