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Garage Sale Goodies

My aunt is having her yearly garage sale and she told me I should sell some of my baked goods to the customers. She lives in a well trafficked area of a nearby suburb. I usually tend to stay away from selling on an individual basis (mostly bridal and wedding showers/special occasion orders) but since my husband was just laid off, I'm willing to give it a try. I'm probably going to make small loaves of my cinnamon walnut coffee cake and the lemon blueberry version as well. Maybe some oatmeal cranberry flaxseed cookies too. Please help me come up with some more ideas for things to sell that would be easy to eat while they shop or to take home with them that doesn't need refridgeration. Thanks! I'm hoping this endeavor will at least make enough money to cover our gas bill...

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  1. A very easy recipe that is extremely popular in our region is the Chinese Almond Cookie.
    For those who might be looking for something less sweet, a platter of sliced savory Focaccia might be tempting.
    But I'd put the sweet stuff on a table seperate from the savory items. The mixed aromas resulting from close proximation might hinder sales.

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    1. re: todao

      the focaccia is a great idea. I know when i'm bargain hunting i get hungry, but most places don't serve good food or food at all. i'm sure that the adult shoppers will want some yummy focaccia! thanks!

    2. have you thought about making some kind of treat that kids LOVE? In my experience, many garage sale shoppers have kiddos in tow... and you know how they can be when they want/need a cookie. ;-) perhaps some simple sugar cookies with colored sugar?

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      1. re: jujuthomas

        i have thought about that. but i was thinking cupcakes with sprinkes on the icing or mini choc. chips may be a little more enticing. But a simple butter cookie with colored sugar is so easy and cheap i cannot overlook your idea!! Thank you.

        1. re: cookieluvntasha

          My 2 cents as a parent: I'm more likely to treat the kids to a cookie or rice krispie treat while we're out and about. Much easier cleanup than anything with icing... especially if I don't have a napkin/wipes handy.

      2. brownies and blondies, and package them up 2-3 in a baggie for small sales.

        1. Non-refrigerated, portable treats? I think you’re on the right track with cookies, brownies, and cakes / breads. All that stuff can be easily packaged. I’d keep anything with chocolate in the shade so they don’t get too melty and gooey.

          Wouldn’t hurt to have a few pitchers of lemonade or other concoctions as well stored in a cooler. Reading your post I kept thinking “bake-sale”, and I’ve thought about doing the same sort of thing when my neighborhood has their yardsale in the fall. Good luck!

          1. Don't forget the cookies!
            Peanut butter
            Oatmeal walnut

            1. Bake sugar cookies on a lolly pop stick. And can just use sand bags to cover. I used to send them to school for gatherings and they were always a hit with kids! Rice krispie treats-always a hit (those too can be put on a stick...)

              1. Since it is a garage sale, and people are there scouting for a bargain, you may want to sell slices of your coffee cake, as well as the whole loaves. As for the kids - how about Rice Crispy squares, or chocolate-dipped pretzel rods with colored sprinkles if the weather isn't too hot?

                1. And don't forget to have a plate of samples out! Once you get people lip-smacking samples, you're bound to sell more.

                  1. tasha,

                    not strictly on topic, but thoughts:

                    1. have small cubes for people to sample.

                    2. sell 1/2 loaves or slices, as well as whole loaves.

                    3. sold by the slice, you can get a dollar-fifty a slice (if it has nuts). maybe $2, depending on the size. (think starbuck's pricing). offer a better "deal" with buying a whole loaf vs. the equivalent in slices. (like "it equals two free slices", for example).

                    4. brownies are always big, and bags of three large-ish toll house cookies. plain choco chip cookies are "nut free" and thus cheaper to make, more edible by people with nut issues. a "giant cookie" or "cookie pizzas" are fun, and the kids will beg mom to buy them "THAT one!" (esp. if decorated cutely). pricing on those -- maybe $3 for giant cookie, and $4.50 for larger, decorated cookie pizza?

                    there's a bake sale thread i'll find for you (i have it in my favorites). edit: i can't find it because i have too many favorites! sorry.

                    oooh, looky, this thread (while not what i was looking for) is perfect for you to get ideas!!!

                    oooh, you gotta sell these: chocolate brownie scones!!! SCORE! http://www.cookiemadness.net/?s=nilla

                    look here, too: snickerdoodles, rice krispies treats, chocolate-peanut butter fudge, blondies, vanilla cupcakes, lemon shortbread bars. http://www.chow.com/stories/11250
                    that reminds me that everyone likes those "magic cookie bars".

                    beerbread. beerbread muffins.

                    1. I'd also advise printing out the ingredients, or at least labeling them wih "contains nuts," or "Contains NO nuts" - even though ppl are still gonna ask you anyway. Another suggestion - buy a case of bottled water on sale at your grocery store, and throw it into a cooler with ice a few hours before the sale starts. 1.00 a bottle on a hot day? No brainer for easy $. Make sure it's cold tho, and make sure you have good signage.

                      1. Brownies are ALWAYS a good seller and how about Chocolate chip ,peanut butter cookies?
                        My grand daughter(age 8) made a little "mad" money @ a yard sale, that we had. I of course
                        didn't make too much ,but it was the quality time that we spent :) Good LUCK on your Yard Sale

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                        1. re: nanabel

                          well, i made $ 34 dollars at the yard sale. instead of doing loaves, i made large muffins. they sold very well and were easy to eat. i also made oatmeal raisin cookies and filled some with a buttercream icing to make my heartier version of oatmeal creams. those sold out quickly, i guess people needed thier sugar rush! i didn't make the brownies because i had a late night watching transformers, so i did n't have the time, but i will make them the next time the occasion arises. thanks for all your suggestions!

                            1. re: cookieluvntasha

                              sales price per item?
                              large muffins sell out, too?

                              1. re: alkapal

                                I sold the oatmeal creams for 1.00 and tje muffins for 1.50. muffins sold out too, but some of my family stole some while I was trying to sell some german beer steins.

                                1. re: cookieluvntasha

                                  dang, girlfriend, i wish i'd have gotten the deal on those oatmeal creams. little debbie, get outta my way!

                          1. on a totally different relm, how about making breakfast? I went to a yard sale last week and there was a lineup for some homemade breakfast sandwiches. I was a bit dismayed that they werent even toasting the English muffins( does anyone else think thats weird). I requested they throw mine on the BBQ. They were grilling bacon on the q and scrambling eggs in an electric skillet. Throw that with a slice of processed cheese on the muffin and grab 3.50!! They were also throwing it in a flour tortilla for the same price. Seriously, more ppl were buying breekie than the other junk they were selling.

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