Auction, live or silent, of donated goods and services; popular items for elementary school auctions include field trip for 3 or 4 children to the zoo, or a tide pool, or a nature hike, led by a favorite teacher; the opportunity for a child to be Principal for a Day (2 hours plus lunch with the Principal is usually enough for most kids); for adults, seats at a 12-person dinner party hosted by a school family and featuring an elaborate menu.
Balloon bouquets for special occasions (birthdays, Valentine’s Day)
Bead jewelry and accessories in school colors
Book sale, especially used books donated by students and resold for $1 each (also CD’s, videos, DVDs)
Car wash; tickets good for a wash can be sold in advance; may be held on the playground at school.
Earthquake kits; among the most useful items are a manual can opener, matches in a waterproof container, a utility knife, and a gas shutoff wrench. This can also include light sticks, 4x4 inch gauze pads, adhesive tape, “space blanket” (to retain body heat), flashlight, and a fire extinguisher (ABC type).
Emergency kits for cars
Flowers or plants, especially for holidays such as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day
Glow in the dark novelties (necklaces, earring, tumblers, etc.); these are incredibly popular at high school dances
Graduation Day sale of flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, for families to buy on the spot to give to grads.
“No Bake” Bake Sale (from the Reach Every Child/Horace Mann web site, by Alan Haskvitz) “My favorite fundraiser is the No Bake Sale - Bake Sale. It is easy, all profit, and the parents appreciate it. First, create a list of baked goods and complete cards with the item names and prices, for example, "Carrot Cake, $5." The parent selects this baked item NOT to make and sends $5 instead. You respond with a note thanking them for the carrot cake. Offer a variety of baked goods from "First Marriage Wedding Cakes" to "Crestfallen Angel Food Cake." The students can name the items and research how much they would cost to make, so it is educational as well.
“Send the list home and have parents decide what not to make. You can also send the list to others in the community. Obviously, it is all pure profit and pure fun, especially the "Oops I Burned the Turnovers" which usually go for $10 and the $15 pan of "Brown Knees." “And the best part is, think how many calories aren't consumed!” Reach Every Child is a wonderful site and has links to many other fundraising ideas.
School spirit items – tee shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, lanyards, pennants all printed with the school logo.
School supplies - spiral notebooks, assignment pads, pencils, pens, calculators with school name and logo or just interesting design. Raymond Geddes Atlas Pen Student Supply
Stuffed animals Barry Beanies
Teacher gift shop; set up before the winter holidays and during the last weeks of school, as parents are shopping for teacher gifts. Could sell typical gifts such as candles, soap, note cards, picture frames, gift certificates from bookstores or supermarkets (especially if bought at a discount and sold at a small markup), bookmarks or book covers, bud vases, pretty mugs filled with fancy tea bags, scarves, mufflers, gloves, book lights, travel coffee mugs, disposable cameras, Macy’s scrip, etc.