Selling things to raise money for Animal Aid

What does it involve?

It depends on what you want to sell. If you want to sell your old toys, books, CDs, furniture or clothes, you might just want to leaflet your neighbours, tell your family and friends and set up the sale in your garden or garage. Make sure you know what prices you want to charge and get plenty of helpers. If you are inviting a lot of people, you could give different starting times to avoid a big rush all at once.

What can I sell?

Jumble, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, toys, plants (take cuttings from your own plants, maybe), home made crafts, fruit and veg from your garden or allotment – and a refreshments stall usually goes down well. If you are selling prepared food, be careful to keep everything (including your hands) clean, and keep things covered and at the right temperature.

How do I do it on a bigger scale?

Firstly you need more stuff – you could advertise at school, work, church, youth club, scout group or wherever you meet lots of people, or via social media, and then you need somewhere to store it when it starts to arrive: maybe in a garage or shed or spare room. You could ask people to bring things on the day of the sale, but it makes pricing a bit rushed, and will probably cut down on the amount of things that you are given. If you want to sell big items such as furniture, you may need to provide transport.

Where can I sell it if I have got lots of stuff?

If you have a big garden, you can sell lots of things there (but keep an eye on the weather forecast). Look out for posters or adverts in shop windows or local newspapers to see what table top sales or car boot sales are coming up. If it is outdoor, do you have stuff that can get spoiled by bad weather, and if so do you have a contingency plan? You could have a one-off stall or if you are going to keep asking people for stuff (or if you are going to make the stuff that you sell) you could book a regular stall. You could ask your local council about having a market stall, too. Think about how you will transport everything to the venue.

What if I want to run my own big event?

This is hard work but can be fun, and can obviously make more money than a small event. First make sure that you can get enough things to sell, enough space to store things in and enough people to help you on the day. Then you need to book a venue such as a church hall or community centre. The best time and place is a Saturday just off a busy high street, but everyone wants that so you may need to book well in advance. If the venue regularly has jumble sales, that will help to get people in, but you will still need to publicise it maybe with posters near the venue and volunteers on the day with leaflets or sandwich boards. You may need to leaflet door-to-door if the venue is in a residential area rather than on a high street – you could ask the venue manager for advice.

What do I do with the money?

Send a cheque or postal order, payable to Animal Aid, to Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW.