Garage Sale Goodies
- cookieluvntasha Jun 24, 2009 12:55 PM
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...
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.
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!
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...)
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?
And don't forget to have a plate of samples out! Once you get people lip-smacking samples, you're bound to sell more.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dried Cherry Scones with pecans
muffins with spinach, olives, cheese and scallions
challah and or brioche
pizza or flatbread and spreads