It’s summer and that means garage sale season! Everyone loves a bargain! Is this an opportunity for your library to do some fundraising? If you don’t have a local thrift shop or a community organized tag sale, you may want to consider trying it out! You probably already get lots of book donations and have experience with book sales, so why not branch out a bit and see if you can raise more money?
- The Meekins Library has made the “Meekins Market” a successful annual event in the community. They hold their sale around the holidays, allowing patrons to shop for holiday gifts and gearing it toward children who may not have much money to spend on gifts. They also host a community food and clothing drive. Even though they started small the first year, they were able to grow the event.
- If you’re not inclined to have more donations brought to your library, or don’t have the space to store them, the Haddon Heights Library raises money by organizing a town-wide yard sale twice a year in the spring and fall. People pay a registration fee to have their address included on the map of sale locations.
- The Wood Memorial Library in Connecticut and the Caldwell Public Library in New Jersey host flea market like events, where people can reserve spots to sell their items. These libraries also combine their tag sales with other events, including bake sales, book sales, raffles, and pet adoptions.
Advertise in the library by having a book display featuring your clutter-busting books to help motivate people to clean out their closets!
Not all of these ideas will work in your community, but hopefully thinking about what works at other libraries will help you brainstorm alternative ideas for fundraising opportunities at your library! Do you have a successful fundraiser at your library based on a community sale model? Share your ideas and successes in the comments!