Spring Fundraising Ideas #3: Spring Cleaning Yard Sale

Your church group can generate thousands of dollars with a weekend yard sale.

Tis’ the season for cleaning out closets, basements, garages, and storage units to discover things that are accumulating dust. Why not take this great opportunity and not only provide a reason for people to get started on their spring cleaning, but also give them a chance to donate to a great cause!

Yard sales are common events in the Spring and Summer.  And often, people consider organizing their own yard sale so they can make a little extra cash.  However, this can be a very time consuming, tedious process. Therefore, as an alternative, people often look for other opportunities to pass along the things they no longer need.  Ah-ha, this then becomes a very ripe cherry for your organization to pick…they are just waiting for an announcement from you so they may donate their things towards a worthy cause.

Host the event at an accessible location familiar to your community…a local recreation center, a school gymnasium, a church cafeteria, etc.  Make sure to promote your yard sale on community bulletins, in the local paper, on Craigslist and encourage members of your organization to spread the word. You’ll also need volunteers to help with organizing the details: set-up and tear down, displaying and pricing items, managing money, and promoting the event.

A few more tips:

  1. If this becomes a large community event, you may also want to consider selling baked goods or lemonade as an adding additional money-raising opportunity.
  2. Consider renting a small U-Haul for a day or asking volunteers with trucks to offer their services on a “pick-up” day to travel to homes to pick up donated items. This could be a great way to receive larger items such as furniture that people may be willing to donate, but don’t have the resources to deliver (and could bring in high-dollar sales).
  3. Because there will be money on-site, you may want to reach out to local police to see an officer might donate his or her time to be on-site during the event.

Visit our Fundraising Resource Center for additional fundraising event ideas!