Showbags – fun collections of items including, merchandise, food and toys. Showbags can raise significant funds for your club, the secret to making them work is to have a collection of goods that represents great value to the buyer, the kids! Sold at events such as fetes, fairs and christmas parties, Showbags can appeal to a wide cross-section of people and good margins can be made on their sale.
The best showbag providers will provide flyers detailing showbag options and order books as well as point of sale merchandise (posters etc). The idea is that parents order showbags one or two weeks before the fundraising event using the orderbooks, the showbag provider will then deliver the showbags to the club and they are distributed to the kids, with much pomp and fanfare, on the fundraising day.
Best to deal with showbag providers who provide pre-ordering so there are no upfront costs. Try not to buy the showbags and then sell on the day of the fundraiser as you may be left with excess stock.
Promote the showbag drive by leaving flyers and order forms provided by the showbag provider in high-traffic areas of the club (eg. canteen). Ask the showbag provider to email you electronic versions of the flyers and order forms so you can attach to the club website and newsletter.
Revenue comes from the sale of the showbags.
Factors to Consider
Deal with showbag providers that make it easy to order and provide easy to access assistance. And make sure you promote your showbag drive to parents before your fundraising event, don't wait until your showbags arrive to promote them.
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.