|Project by dustynewt||posted 12-23-2011 02:06 AM||3423 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
School Fundraiser Project
Conquering the world… one keychain at a time.
I was contacted back in October by Mr. Toy, at Westborough Middle School in South San Francisco, about perhaps working with him and his students on a Christmastime fundraiser, to raise money for a class trip to the National Steinbeck Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
I had never done anything like this and was, at first, skeptical about the logistics and time frame allotted for production of a large wholesale order in the midst of my busiest season. After a couple of emails back and forth, we had the details worked out and the plan came together.
Mr. Toy had it all worked out. He created flyers/order forms, with photos of my handmade products for the students to take around and make sales. Beginning the first school day after Thanksgiving, the students had two weeks to sell and collect monies for their orders. He then scanned the orders into .pdf files, sent them to me. I totaled them up and sent him a PayPal invoice for the agreed wholesale prices. He paid the invoice immediately and production was begun at my end.
The students had sold 183 of my handmade, personalized keychains. After carving and finishing, I separated each student’s order into their own zip lock baggie, with a copy of their order form, put them all into a Priority Mail box, and off they went.
Because of my pesky “real” job, turnaround (payment to shipping) was necessarily extended to 8 days, but could have been half that, had I been at it full time. Mr. Toy received my package exactly 2 weeks from the date of purchase and distributed the packages amongst the participating students for delivery.
These are the personalized items that they took orders for.
(5/8×5/8”) in Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and White Oak;
(3/8×3/8”) in Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and White Oak;
Love Keychains in Maple and Cherry;
Specialty Keychains: HeartFobs and MusicFobs
(5/8×5/8”) in Red Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and White Oak,
inlaid with Paduak hearts and Purpleheart music notes ;
Here is a photo of the completed total, before separating into individual orders.
183 handmade gifts!
As a sales incentive, I offered 1 free keychain to students selling five or more items on an order.
This was a positive experience for me. I didn’t make a whole lot on the deal, but I really enjoy doing these. Thanks to the work of Mr. Toy and the students who did such a great job selling, I will welcome future projects like this from schools, churches, and other organizations.
You can review my body of work here on Flickr.
Peace in Wood,
-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/