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From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-04-2007, 09:36 PM (1 of 9)
I'm raising money to donate a door prize for my sewing guild's big annual meeting. I'll have about $30-50 to spend. Any ideas for a door prize item in that range? Can be sewing-related is great, but not necessary.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-05-2007, 10:39 PM (2 of 9)
Andrea, how about one of those needle felting hand tool with several skeins of wool yarn to inspire creativity. Nancy's Notions has them. Just a thought.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: EmaCon
Date: 05-06-2007, 04:21 AM (3 of 9)
How about a gift certificate to a local crafts or sewing store? Or a gift certificate for a cleaning service so the winner has free time to sew?
User: EmaCon
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 67
From: Sancin
Date: 05-07-2007, 02:51 AM (4 of 9)
Thread storage containers - the Sulky one are often pricey for someone to buy for themselves. I was thrilled to get 2 for Christmas several years ago.

Don't know how big your guild is but many businesses will donate door prizes. I had a student several years ago who always got amazing door prizes from community businesses. A good restaurant would get a lot of free advertizing for the price of two excellent meals. Hardware store, department store, some new business in town, a business wanting more sewing patrons. Fitness organizations spend an incredible amount on advertizing. Do you have a Curves who would forgo the sign up fee? Oil change, car wash, etc, etc. I sure would buy several door prize tickets on a day of free cleaning, especially if they did windows and floors. A family pass for a day at a pool or ladies spa. Our symphony manager used to offer baskets of different things, one particularly popular was a romantic basket with wine, a couple of glasses and romantic food stuffs. He managed to put a lot in a basket including lotions and stuff.

Our church used to have a talent auction that produced a lot of money. Can you use that idea for some sort of door prize? eg. make up garden baskets or a day of weeding?

Use your $30-50 to have great tickets printed or have unique name tags purchased or made.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-07-2007, 11:57 PM (5 of 9)
Thanks everyone! I hadn't even thought of the non-sewing related items. Of course, our door prizes are free--You don't have to buy a ticket to get your name into the basket. But you got me thinking about a raffle. I may be able to get one really great item to donate, and then raffle it off to raise money to pay for a youth scholarship for sewing classes at a local sewing shop. hmmm....
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: material_pakrat
Date: 05-08-2007, 07:51 PM (6 of 9)
I made a couple of shabby chic cushions for a door prize at school. Now I get asked for them everytime they need something. They didn't cost much, and I had them made in a couple of hours.
I used a plain backing, and 9 large patches, with the shaggy "edges" on the front. Cheap and quick!!!
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 05-08-2007, 10:00 PM (7 of 9)
I like the gift certificate that way who ever wins can use it how they like. Especially if it's a gift certificate from somewhere that give the guild a discount off their purchases.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
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From: daff55odil
Date: 05-09-2007, 04:33 PM (8 of 9)
How about making a yoyo piece and putting a sweet or something inside.
User: daff55odil
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 18
From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-09-2007, 08:01 PM (9 of 9)
All fun ideas. :up: Suzie, pls send me a PM with your current email address so I can update you about how things are going in the guild.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
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