Looking for a fundraising idea with a difference? Well, here it is. Why not put a unique spin on your club’s trivia night by having an Op Shop theme. Everyone arrives at the event in garments purchased from the local “Oppies” and you can even hold a fashion parade with a winner for best dressed.
Often major fundraisers like the trivia night get old and haggard after a few years with the same format being used over and over again. Adding an Op Shop theme will help freshen up your major fundraiser, engage your community and appeal to the thrift and bargain hunter in all of us.
As this event is purely an add on or a spin off to increase awareness and the success of an existing event, there is very little in the way of financial considerations for your club. Clubs may consider a prize for a best-dressed or Fashion Parade to entice more people to enter. Prizes should be sought from sponsors and local businesses at no cost in return for promotion.
Since this is a add-on to an existing event, such as a Trivia Night, promotion will be part of the Trivia Night promotion.
Revenue opportunities arise from an entrance fee to participate in a Fashion Parade. Don't underestimate the return as many people are keen to show of their thriftiness and fashion sense, especially after a few wines, and will pay up to $10 for the privilege.
Licences and Permits
No Licences or Permits are required to run an Op Shop fundraiser, just a lot of imagination and thrift - one of the many reasons that makes it such a winner.
Factors to Consider
Appropriate MCIt is imperative that the Op Shop fashion parade is run by an experienced MC. This will ensure everyone gets involved.
Celebrate the Best and WorstAs well as competitions to award the Best Dressed for Men, Women and Kids, clubs should also have a fashion parade for worst dressed.
JudgesConsider well know club or community members as judges. If your club members have access to high-profile sportspeople or celebrities, then get them along to be a guest judge. It all adds to the spice and fun of the night.
This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.