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How to Organize a Gift Basket Raffle Fundraiser

Welcome! So you are interested is holding a gift basket raffle? Great ~ because you have come to the right place. You will find everything you need to know (and then some) about organizing a successful gift basket raffle fundraiser. I’ve brainstormed some pretty creative ideas to share with you.

There are eight steps below ~ let’s get started.

STEP 1: Where to Start in Organizing a Gift Basket Raffle

First, there will be decisions that need to be made . . .

  • Will you be soliciting donations? Or do you have the funds to purchase the baskets and their contents? The most profit will be made if you solicit donated items from local businesses. This way, businesses get the opportunity to easily advertise their products and services. And your baskets will be filled with brand new items at no cost to the fundraiser.
  • Who will be doing all the work? Set up a team that will work together on this fundraiser. Determine set jobs for each member to ensure that everything that needs to be done is accomplished.
  • How much money do you wish to raise? This will help determine how many total baskets should be included in the raffle.
  • Who is your target audience that will likely purchase raffle tickets? This will give you an idea of which basket themes would be best.
  • How many total baskets will be created? If the target audience is a group that has 100 members, you may want to only create three baskets or so. If the audience is much larger, let’s say a well attended carnival, create a dozen baskets to ensure a great profit.

STEP 2: Types of Baskets to Use

To keep your costs low, you can find baskets at a thrift store for a minimal cost. You may also know people who are willing to donate unused baskets.

But, wait! The container does not actually have to be a basket. For example, let’s say you are creating a basket for a baby. Why not use an infant bathtub and then fill it with related items. Or, let’s say your basket theme is “kitchen.” Use a large soup pot as your basket and then fill it with kitchen items.

You will find many creative “basket” ideas in the chart below.

Hat Box

Picnic Basket

Garbage Can

Baby Bath Tub

Sewing Basket

Wash Bucket/Pail

Plastic Storage Container

Market Shopping Basket

Ice Bucket

Large Gift Bag

Large Soup Pot

Large Roasting Pan

Beach Bag

Wagon

Plant/Flower Box

Tool Box

Lunch Box

Dog Bed

Cat Litter Box

Cooler

Easter Basket

Any type of baskets will work!

Fill a gardening cart with tools, plants, etc.

STEP 3: Gift Basket Themes and Content Ideas

The key is to choose basket themes and content that will attract those that are likely to purchase raffle tickets. You want to make sure you have enough baskets to entice many different tastes.

I've created 24 different theme title ideas for your baskets including ideas for what each themed basket might contain. Have fun with this and include your own unique ideas too.

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Add a bottle of wine, opener, candles, and maybe cheese & crackers.

STEP 4: Gather Baskets and Contents

Now it’s time to begin shopping and/or soliciting. Collect all the baskets (containers) that are needed and their contents. Each basket should have at least one “big ticket” item that is the focal or selling point of its theme.

STEP 5: Put Gift Baskets Together

Schedule a time when all members of the fundraising team are available to put the baskets together. Arrange the baskets as attractively as possible. Use tissue paper to line the bottom of the basket/container to add color. Use cellophane to seal the baskets and then decorate with ribbon or a bow if desired (see video below).

Also have a container available for each basket to place the raffle tickets in. Number the container to coincide with the numbered basket. You may wish to paste the basket description to the container.

Excellent, Detailed Video on How to Wrap a Gift Basket

STEP 6: Number and Describe Each Gift Basket

Type or write out a list including the basket theme and all of its contents. On this list, be sure to acknowledge the business names who donated items. Add an "estimated value" if you wish.

Number each corresponding basket, content list and raffle ticket container.

Below is a Sample Basket Description Sheet.

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STEP 7: Market Your Fundraiser ~ Advertise, Display Baskets and Sell Tickets

  • It is important that you have time to sell tickets to make enough profit. For example, sell these raffle tickets during a long-weekend carnival. You could sell tickets at “bingo night” for four weeks in a row stating when exactly the winner will be announced.
  • Let people know upfront if the winner needs to be present at the drawing. Obviously, chances are you will sell many more tickets if the winner does NOT need to be present.
  • Make posters to advertise the fundraiser. Advertise in a group newsletter, church bulletin, etc. Let people know what the proceeds will be used for.
  • Display baskets on clean tables with attractive table clothes.
  • Consider offering a discount to those that purchase multiple tickets. For example: 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, 13 tickets (baker’s dozen) for $10.
  • Allow ticket buyers to choose which basket they are trying to win. Have them place 1/2 of their ticket (with name and phone number) in the container that coincides with the basket(s) they are interesting in winning. They will hold on to the other half of the ticket to show proof if they are a winner.

STEP 8: Announce Gift Basket Raffle Winners

Set an exact date and time when the winners will be announced. If this will take place at a large event, use a microphone and advertise that the raffle is coming to an end. “Hurry, come get your tickets now. There is only _____ minutes (or _____ hours) left until the winner is announced.”

Draw and announce the winners.

Have fun and be sure to thank everyone for their support.

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Fill a dog/cat bed with accessories!

Inexpensive gift bags work great!

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What places would be good to ask for donations to gift baskets? What places have you used for gift basket donations?

Answer: Well, just about anywhere! Where I live, I've gone to restaurants, of course, any mom & pop shops, veterinarians, bowling alley's, sports bars, pet stores, grocery stores, gas stations, ice cream shops, pizza parlors, exercise places, fast food restaurants, specialty shops, garden centers, auto repair shops, hair boutiques, nail salons, putt putt - summer fun places, and so many more. Take a chance even if you think it is a quirky idea. You never know who would be willing to donate, especially if their business gets advertised through your event.

Question: We want to sell two baskets of wine at a raffle. How much should we charge for the tickets?

Answer: Charge $1 for each ticket and six tickets for $5. If they are high-quality, expensive wine, try charging $5 each and five for $20.

Question: We have two large liquor baskets for our event, and were wondering what would be more profitable; raffle tickets, or silent auction?

Answer: I believe raffle tickets is the way to go!

Question: We want to give out two Valentine's baskets for a raffle. How much should we charge for the tickets?

Answer: The easiest and most popular would be $1 per ticket and six tickets for $5.

Or, you could do $2 per ticket and three tickets for $5.

Question: We are having a raffle drawing with 40+ baskets. What type of container or bag would you use for the tickets and should it include items in the basket?

Answer: You need a "container" for tickets for each basket. I've used paper bags taped to the item with the number written on the bag. I've also spray painted Folder's 1 pound plastic coffee containers and then used a stencil to paint paw prints for a dog rescue I volunteer for. I like this idea because you put the lit on and cut a slit in it, and therefore, no one can take tickets out.

Question: Raffling off a cruise gift themed gift basket- beach bag with other items and a gift certificate for 250.00 towards a cruise itself. 1.00 seems low per ticket but I don't want to turn people off. Pricing suggestions?

Answer: I don't feel you would turn people off if the prize is worth it. I would make sure people are aware of the value of the basket.

Try $5 each ticket or $5 tickets for $20. So if they can spend the $20, they will get an extra ticket.

OR $2 each ticket or 6 for $10.

Question: Is it illegal to do a fundraising basket just for family fun?

Answer: No of course not. Have fun!

Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 06, 2019:

Hi Rebekah,

I'd sell tickets either $1 per ticket and 6 tickets for $5. OR $5 per ticket and 3 tickets for $10. Good luck and have fun!

REBEKAH on December 05, 2019:

OK I need help were high school mom ( HPO) we need to raise $$ for after prom we have 4 man ten and a grill how would you go about raffling these items off ?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 28, 2019:

Awesome, thank you Mark!

Mark on September 26, 2019:

Thank you for this post! What an informative piece of Successful Fundraising Ideas. We have some fundraising Ideas on high school level on it https://usafundraising.com/high-school-fundraising... hope you might be like, It'll help you to raise fund in different way.

Thanks

Silvia E Alfro on February 25, 2018:

Thanks!

michelle on June 03, 2017:

Hi, I was recently placed in charge of putting together a "candy" themed basket. In past years they combined the soccer teams and got more money to do tickets to Hershey Park. This year, it is just one soccer team and I am hoping to get around $150. Do you have any good ideas? I don't want to just put candy in the basket.... I wanted to something more creative.

Thank you in advance for any thoughts.

Christy on July 15, 2016:

How much do you suggest that you charge for the tickets to be purchased for the gift baskets. Baskets being valued at $30 (approx 30) and only big ticket item is a TV valued at $175.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 17, 2014:

infoweekly ~ awesome! I hope your fundraiser is a huge success!!!

infoweekly from South Africa on October 30, 2014:

Thanks! I have to organize a raffle for a charity fundraiser soon and this is going to really help me so much!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 21, 2013:

Hi Wendy,

That's a cute idea for a themed basket. My first thought on what to put Bunco items in was a sun hat. I was thinking older people who play Bunco and that it may be mainly women? I thought maybe a hat turned upside down. Or how about something like a nice lunch box with a carrying handle so that the game supplies can easily be transported. Those are my thoughts for now :) Thank you for stopping by.

Sharyn

Wendy on August 17, 2013:

Any ideas on what I could put items for a bunco themed basket in? I have item ideas but am struggling what to put them in. Suggestions?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 15, 2013:

Hi Kevin ~ well, I think you need to people, ha. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 15, 2013:

cre8ivOne ~ glad you are back :)

KevinC9998 on January 15, 2013:

This basket is beautiful but how the heck do you carry it - looks heavy! :)

cre8ivOne from Midwest, USA on January 14, 2013:

No problem. I took about a 4 month hiatus and I am back to Hub!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Cre8ivOne ~ well, thank you SO much. I appreciate you stopping by and for the follow as well. Take care,

Sharyn

cre8ivOne from Midwest, USA on January 14, 2013:

Really excellent and useful hub!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Laura ~ nice to see you! Thanks so much for your feedback and vote.

Laura Izett-Irwin from The Great Northwest on January 14, 2013:

Awesome wonderful great ideas. This hub is packed with so many ideas for everyone! Voted up.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 14, 2013:

Hi Amber ~ I'm so glad you liked these ideas. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

alwaysamber on January 14, 2013:

This is such a great, fun idea for a fundraiser. Would also love to use this idea for a guy's birthday gift or even for father's day! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 10, 2012:

Hi Chewy Mommy ~ Thank you so much for sharing this article and also emailing it to yourself :) I'm so glad you'll be able to use these ideas. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Chewy Mommy on December 09, 2012:

Excellent Hub! I shared this and emailed it to myself for future reference. We have a basket raffle at my daughter's preschool each year and this article gave me GREAT ideas for our basket donation. I voted up!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 05, 2012:

Hi HappyDay ~ It IS so confusing. Since we were talking about this, I did a little research on different state laws. It is difficult to understand what you can and cannot do as far as "gambling." As far as the auction basket, maybe think of doing a silent auction. I'm not too familiar with it but I'm thinking that you need to start each basket at a certain price so that you do not lose out. Let's say if a basket's value is $75, start the bids at least $25 so you are sure to get something out of it. If I think of any other ideas, I will be sure to contact you. Good luck!

Sharyn

happyday1114 on December 04, 2012:

raffle truly brings all the money in. Since an auction is approved, my thought was set up baskets as auction baskets and sell tickets as auction tickets. Place a sign that said you have to put a minimum of 2 auction tickets per basket and then pull a winner. I live in PA and we are a PTO for a public school, all prizes are donated and we are non profit. I can't wrap my head around the fact that you can't sell a raffle ticket but you can write me a check if you win the auction? it doesn't make a lick of sense to me. That is why I am trying to just call them auction baskets and sell auction tickets but I was hoping there was a better idea to come up with the same end result :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 04, 2012:

Hi happyday ~ If you are allowed to have an auction vs. a raffle, of course, that is the way to go. Although maybe you could make up much smaller type baskets and sell them instead of raffle them. But that probably would bring in much less profit. Would a basket raffle still be considered "gambling" if all the items were donated. I think it probably would but rules can be extremely different depending on where you live. Good luck!

Sharyn

happyday1114 on December 04, 2012:

you have some great ideas out here, thank you. I hope you can assist with this question because I am at a loss. My school will not allow gambling as a fundraiser so when doing "raffle" baskets that is considered gambling. I need to strategically think of a way to sell tickets for baskets (because that is the biggest way to make money for a non profit) and have it considered to be an auction, which is permitted. I thought of selling tickets as auction tickets to the baskets but I am drawing a blank after that. do you have any ideas?? Thanks in advance

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 16, 2012:

Hi Jo ~ Thanks so much for your compliments. Here are some ideas I can think of for a basket for an "author." Also you said "book lover." Any type of books that have to do with writing and publishing. A subscription to something like "Writer's Digest" magazine. Book marks. Small "book light" for reading. A desk chair cushion. A "book a month" club. Blank notebooks and journals. Pens. A digital voice recorder. Coffee mug and/or t-shirt with saying on it. A laptop computer. A printer. A coffee pot. A video camera. So, that's my quick "brainstormed" list. I hope you like it. Thank you so much for your feedback, very much appreciated.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 14, 2012:

Hi Denise ~ really, you think so? I am really glad you liked it. Thank you SO much for the compliments.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 14, 2012:

Hi Rebecca ~ thank you for such sweet comments. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 14, 2012:

Hi petertebin ~ I agree you can make a lot of money on a basket raffle if organized properly. And if you can obtain donations, that's even better. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Jo_Goldsmith11 on November 14, 2012:

What an excellent and useful hub full of great ideas! :) Okay, I wish to pick your brain for a moment. What kind of "basket" could one create for Author's? Like a "book lover basket"? What kind of books should be used. many different taste in reading.

Voted this up and tweeted.

I saved in my favorite folder because one never knows when I may need these awesome ideas! Video was great too. :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 14, 2012:

I really like the creative basket chart. What a pretty Hub, and useful for organizations.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 14, 2012:

Wow! This deserves a HOTD award, Sharon, seriously. What a fantastic hub. It's thorough, has such creative gift basket ideas, and easy to follow steps 1-8. Rated way UP/U/A/I Thanks for sharing.

petertebin from Maryland on November 14, 2012:

Great Hub! Baskets can make some serious money for your organization if you can get donations and are put together correctly.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 05, 2012:

Hi Veronica ~ That would be so fun to have making up gift baskets as part of your job. The romantic basket is a great idea and I'm sure very popular. Thanks so much for your feedback. Hope all is well with you and the new baby!

Sharyn

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 03, 2012:

AWESOME ideas, Sharyn! At a former job, we'd do things like this often. It was always fun to see what we (& others) could come up with!

One that we did was a "Romantic Randevu" basket, with a gift card for dinner at a restaurant or movie tickets (or a couple of romantic comedy movies), a bottle of wine w/ 2 glasses, some massage oils, bath salts, & maybe a couple of robes.

Voted up, useful, shared, & pinned!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 26, 2012:

Hi Cooper ~ I agree, making gift baskets as a full-time job would be awesome. So much fun.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 17, 2012:

Hi Rachel ~ Thanks so much for the compliments. I love your story about the "Vegas basket." What fun! I love the cooler idea, so many things can fit in it! I appreciate your feedback, have a great day!

Sharyn

Rachel McCord from Las Vegas, Nevada on October 17, 2012:

What a fabulous idea!! I love the unique gift basket idea!! One of our clients traveling to Las Vegas wanted something special waiting for her beer drinking fiancé on their upcoming trip. We ordered a plastic bin designed to hold your beer and ice, and filled it with all kinds of vegas novelty items.... magnets, bottle openers, insulated cup holders, etc. They loved it!! We might try the cooler for the next bachelor party!! Thanks for the tip! www.elitestatusgroup.com.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 09, 2012:

Hello chloelozano ~ great to meet you! I'm thrilled that you like the basket theme ideas. I really had fun coming up with them all. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

chloelozano on September 09, 2012:

Excellent ideas! My kids' preschool has a basket raffle every year and I struggle to come up with basket ideas. You have supplied me with some great ones :-)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Pinkchic ~ Great to meet you! I'm glad you liked this. The theme ideas could be used for Christmas gift ideas too. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Vicki ~ yeah, a "cat basket" would be one of my favorites too. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on August 28, 2012:

Awesome options here! I love that you included what to put in each different gift basket idea!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 28, 2012:

Wow, you give so many different ideas! I'll take the cat basket!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 27, 2012:

Hi Deb ~ thanks for stopping by and pinning this article!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 27, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ Aw, thanks for the compliments. I agree, the basket theme ideas would be great for any gift basket, not just for a raffle. I love doing baskets for people during the holidays. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on August 27, 2012:

Awesome ideas! I'm going to pin this one.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 27, 2012:

Whoa! Very cool! You know what, I might not have a need for a fundraiser right this moment, but I love the fact that all of your ideas for creating a "basket" make fantastic gifts - on a smaller scale, of course. Geez, I LOVE this! I'm going to come back here and build baskets for the holidays based on some of these themes because there are some people I know that would love these!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 27, 2012:

Hi mvillecat ~ well thank you so much! I appreciate the pin and votes too.

Sharyn

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 27, 2012:

Great information! I voted up and pinned.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 04, 2012:

Hi Mel ~ I love trying to win a gift basket especially when it's one that has all my favorite things packed in. I hope you get your wish ;) Thanks for stopping by,

Sharyn

Melanie from Midwest, USA on July 03, 2012:

Wow! These ideas are so unique! I've seen at silent auctions where local businesses have gift baskets like these. They put a little gift certificate to their business in them too... and magnets and stuff.

I kind of wish I could win one of the baskets you've come up with! I need to go somewhere where they hold cool raffles like that!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 12, 2012:

Hi Donna ~ Thanks so much for stopping by. I saw your recent fundraising hub, you have some great ideas too! Welcome to Hubpages!

Sharyn

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on June 10, 2012:

Love this! Thank you!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 09, 2012:

Hello Levertis Steele ~ thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I hope you enjoy these ideas.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 08, 2012:

Hi Kris ~ Thank you. I'm glad you found the instructions easy to follow and you liked the theme and basket ideas too. I appreciate your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 07, 2012:

Hi Marcy ~ Thank you so much. I've always liked the idea of having a useful "container" as the basket too. I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 07, 2012:

Hi Julie ~ Nice to meet you. Thank you so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 07, 2012:

Hi Angela ~ Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 07, 2012:

Hi Tammy ~ Yes, I was brainstorming and got quite detailed :) I love the red wagon idea too. I really appreciate your compliments and sharing. Thank you so much!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 06, 2012:

Hi Chrissie ~ Especially coming from someone who has organized basket raffles before, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. It means a lot!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 06, 2012:

Hi Brenda ~ Thank you so much for your compliments. I hope these ideas will be helpful for the raffle at your son's school.

Sharyn

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on June 06, 2012:

What great ideas!

Kris Heeter from Indiana on June 06, 2012:

What a great step-by-step hub! You've given some really great theme ideas here and I like the non-traditional "baskets" you've shown in the clip art photo.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on June 06, 2012:

What a great idea - making the 'basket' useful as well as its contents. Such terrific tips here; thanks for sharing with us!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on June 06, 2012:

Very nice ideas for gift baskets!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 06, 2012:

This is so cleaver!

Tammy from North Carolina on June 06, 2012:

Wow.. I think you covered everything in the exceptional hub. Those are fabulous! I love the red wagon idea. I don't have any thing to raise funds for, but I would love to win any of these baskets. You did an outstanding job here. Sharing!

chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on June 05, 2012:

Such an awesome hub. I have organized basket raffles and gone to them and if someone follows these guidelines they will be able to have a successful basket fundraiser year after year!!!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Hi urmilashukla23 ~ thank you for that compliment. I have never had an HOTD. That would be awesome. I appreciate your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Kelly ~ "Fabulous", why thank you dear! I'm glad you like the ideas and hope your PTA likes them too. Maybe they will ask you to organize it next year?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

That is a GREAT idea Susan Z! Yes, the basket themes would make a great idea for shower gifts too. Thanks for your feedback, glad you like this one :)

Sharyn

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 04, 2012:

These are great ideas and tips. You are so creative Sharyn. How cool! Thanks for this Hub. We hold a fundraiser at my son's school every year and raffle baskets.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Hi Angela ~ YES, ABSOLUTELY, you are the lucky winner of a huge cooler filled with delicious HEALTHY candy, sodas and munchie foods. CONGRATULATIONS! I will ship it to you through email. Hope it all does not get smooshed! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Hiya Pooh ~ gosh, you are too kind. A national magazine, really? I wish! I do hope you are correct though at some point. Thank you so much for your compliments and support.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ I'm so glad you found this useful. Hopefully you can incorporate some of the ideas with your Labor Day weekend run. Thanks for the votes and shares!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 04, 2012:

Hi Paula ~ well, gosh, I think I received your comment only minutes after I hit publish. You are quick girl! And you are a junkie too? I knew that, ha. I think your idea of not gambling and that raffles are okay is RIGHT ON. Yes, you are helping charity in one way or another. And you have the excitement of possibly winning too. The way you "plan your route" also reminds me of garage sale hunting. I believe you do that too :) You know, when I was doing a little research for this hub, I saw where the suggestion was to collect all tickets together and then the winner can choose which basket they like in order of when their ticket was pulled. I thought NO WAY! I really think it's better to be able to try for what you are interested in only. I can see that you agree with me. Thank you always for your fun feedback ~ may you be lucky sometime soon!

Sharyn

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on June 04, 2012:

Very impressive lay out and ideas with perfect pictures and video demonstration. I am sure this will score Hub of the day award. Voted up and shared!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 04, 2012:

Fabulous! I think I'll give this to the person that does this committee at PTA! They do this once a year and your ideas are wonderful!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 04, 2012:

I like all of your basket ideas and think a lot of these would not only be great for fundraisers but for shower gifts as well. Awesome job!

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on June 03, 2012:

Love the first photo, I really want to win that basket! Can we win it by commenting on your hub!

Poohgranma from On the edge on June 03, 2012:

This is jam packed with great ideas AND the layout and video make it so professional looking. I would expect to see this in a national magazine! One day you are going to be writing for big name publishers, I'm certain of it!

kelleyward on June 03, 2012:

This is a fantastic hub! I organize a 5k run here labor day weekend and always need new ideas to raise more money! I'm bookmarking this! Voted Up and Shared! Take care, Kelley

Suzie from Carson City on June 03, 2012:

Sharyn...this is Fab-U-Luss!!! You scored a win with me!

Confession time: I am a Chinese Auction Junkie. Have been for years. When I see all those miles of tables, lined with big, beautiful baskets full of wondrous goodies....I'm worse than a crazed BINGO freak!!

You see....it could be worse....I would love to gamble, but I'm much too sensible and budget-minded to do such a crazy thing.....Soooo, I realized that I could go to Benefits and Fund Raisers galore....and easily justify gambling by balancing it out with the "charity/donation" aspect. This way, I can have fun....maybe be lucky enough to win something ....but if I don't, at least I have not thrown the money away. It went to a good cause!

I copy down all the advertised benefits in the area, check the announcements in the newspaper....and off I go. I have won nice prizes a few times. I LOVE the Baskets!!! I enjoy the thrill of walking the floor, checking out all the baskets and droppping my tickets in my favorites!!

Up and up and up!!!