William, It Was Really Nothing
The book fair has drawn to a close and I think we did really well in terms of sales. The Family Night was a big success. I can’t say it was better or worse than last year, just that it was good. More money was raised, which is a good thing, but not everything. I think people had a good feeling about the event and will attend next year, which is probably the most important thing in my mind. With that in mind, I would like to share my “Book Fair Success tips”:
1. At the Family event night, our craft table was not set up properly, which ended up working to our advantage. I was supposed to have “demo crafts” set up that the kids could replicate, but never got the time. Instead, stuff was lovingly placed on the table, which ended up giving kids the opportunity to experiment and have fun making all sorts of different things. It was the most popular table at the event night.
2. A freezer from Cold Stone Creamery can indeed fit upright in the back of a Honda Pilot, but you need two people to carry it back and forth. Just thought you might need to know that someday.
3. Last year people were surprised to see Ice cream there and were not prepared to buy. This year, we advertised that we were selling ice cream, so many came prepared to purchase, which was good.
4. Have more volunteers that you think you need. We had some hard workers, which helped, but we didn’t have some of the kid volunteers from last year who gave the event a certain energy. With fewer volunteers, kid and adult, we were at a bit of a disadvantage but made it work.
5. Delegate! Think Tom Sawyer painting the fence. Don’t try and do everyone yourself. There are people who want to volunteer – find things for them to. It makes everyone saner. I tend to be a controller, and I can’t do the crafts, put together the games, bake all the food, and so on. (See why I say it was “really nothing”? Ha!)
6. Handselling works at the book fair too! Classes have set times to visit the fair during school hours where parents can attend as well. Teachers can put a wish list together and kids/parents to buy books for the class. Have one of the parents offer the wish lists to the other parents to make sure they are aware of the list. Not pushy, but a great way to do something nice for the class.
Can’t wait for next year!