How to Find a DECA Fundraiser in Your Closet

Delaney Wood | Arizona State University Collegiate DECA

During the Spring 2017 semester, the Arizona State University Collegiate DECA chapter was in dire need of a new fundraising idea.

The 2017 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference was fast approaching, and we needed a way to make some money, quickly, to help offset the costs of the trip. After a long Executive Board meeting, we realized that our next fundraiser was hidden right in our own closets. 

We threw a very successful DECA Garage Sale, and wanted to share some tips on how you can host your very own!

1. Pick a convenient date.

We decided to host our garage sale on a Saturday morning at 7 AM – the ideal time to catch dedicated garage sale goers. It also happened to be a week after Spring Break, which proved to be great timin since many of our members went back home for their break. We encouraged them to take a look around their houses to find anything that they (or their families) might be willing to sell. Our members brought items to our chapter meetings for weeks leading up the garage sale, and we were able to easily store them and build up a collection of items.

2. Collect donations.

Talk to your family, friends, co workers, and anybody else that might be willing to donate used items! Many of our bosses were more than happy to hand off boxes of old junk that had been sitting in their garage.

3. Put those marketing skills to use!

Now here’s where those marketing skills (taught to us by DECA, of course) came in handy: advertising for our garage sale.  Our chapter decided to turn preparing for our sale into a fun, relaxed social. Together, we sorted all of the items, labeled them, made posters, and developed stronger friendships in the process!

4. Wake up early, but have fun!

On the day of our garage sale, our members gathered at my house at about 6:00 AM. We laid out all of our products, hung up signs, and ate some delicious pancakes while we waited for customers to arrive. By the end of the day, we were tired and sweaty, but we had successfully reduced the cost of all of our members’ ICDC trips by about 10 percent.

5. Give back to the community.

As a team, we decided to donate all of the leftover garage sale items to a local charity, a brilliant way to incorporate some community service into your next fundraiser. Do some research about local charities in your area ahead of time, and some will even offer to come pick up the items for you!

You might have to sacrifice some sleep and wake up early on a Saturday morning, but planning a garage sale for your next chapter fundraiser is something I would wholeheartedly recommend.  Next time your chapter needs a new fundraising idea, check your closet first!

This article was written by Arizona State University Vice President of Communications, Delaney Wood. You can follow ASU Collegiate DECA on Twitter @asudeca.

Categories: Chapter Development, Chapter Resources, Community Service, Fundraising