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Old 02-02-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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Have an idea for a fund-raiser, but don't know if it is a good idea or not and need your feedback.

Would you buy a fresh Christmas wreath at Christmas?

Would you buy fresh garland?

How much do you think is a reasonable price for a guaranteed fresh Christmas wreath? 18" across, 24" across

If you had a chance to get that fresh wreath or garland, would you consider pre-ordering it and making a down-payment on it upfront w/ the balance due at pick up?

Would you care that a portion of the proceeds was going to a charitable cause, i.e homeless shelter?
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I buy a fresh wreath every year. I'd pay around $20 for a wreath 24" across. I'd love it if some of the proceeds went to a charitable group I supported. I'm not sure about the whole advance payment thing, as normally I'd like to buy it and hang it up immediately. It does work for the Girl Scouts, though, so it might fly.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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I buy a fresh wreath every year. I'd pay around $20 for a wreath 24" across. I'd love it if some of the proceeds went to a charitable group I supported. I'm not sure about the whole advance payment thing, as normally I'd like to buy it and hang it up immediately. It does work for the Girl Scouts, though, so it might fly.
Thanx, Cheesehead!!! That helps a lot. I was hoping you would pay more, tho, HEE HEE HEE.

Gosh, I wish I had checked the prices of wreaths around here this past Christmas. Dern. I missed an opportunity to do my research. Not smart.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I love fresh wreaths! I even started a thread about finding local places to get one in the fall. It turns out my friend's family sold them this year, so I was able to get one and support local people. Much better on my conscience than getting one at a big box store! Good luck with your fundraiser, and of course keep us posted!
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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It only been a month why memory on this doesnt work so well....

I think Lowes had 10 inch at 10 bucks 13 inch 14 bucks and 17 inches at 19

prior years it cost more for a wreath than a tree.

I think if you set yours apart with berries, pine cones or gold painted berries plaid christmas color bow would work well
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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I'd gladly order a 24" fresh wreath at Christmastime, knowing that some of the $$$ would go to charity!
Way to plan ahead, Ani!
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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Fundraiser are always a good idea, people want to help just give them a cause. Plenty of people are overly excited about Christmas, I think its a good idea. Personally I dont care about wreaths but I would buy one just to help someone.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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As usual, you guys are great!!! I so appreciate all the info and feedback!!

I do remember that thread, Cheesehead, now that you mention it! So glad you were able to find that wreath you were searching for!

Well, I was thinking that this would be a commodity that people would enjoy buying, especially knowing money would be donated to a worthy charity.

Great suggestions, Sunny! Amazing what some floral wire and a hot gun can do to decorate a wreath w/ natural elements. I have purchased 36" wreaths from around Boone and attached magnolia leaves (sprayed the leaves gold) and red berries and the results were really stunning!

Thank you all for the ideas and info. I know it is a long way off, but one must plan ahead, secure a supplier, get documents lined up for donations, figure out how to market, etc.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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Ani, my sons marching band sold wreaths for their fundraiser in NJ every year. People could not get enough of them. When my son graduated all of his regular "clients" asked him to please send another student their way for the following year. We sold them for $12 each, I don't remember the size but they were just normal size wreaths. The way we were able to sell for only $12 and make a good profit was we made our own bows. Every year the parents of the band kids would get together for pizza and beer/wine and make 800 bows in one night. It was quite a production. It was a blast. Good luck!!!!!!
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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BTW we had one kid sell to a local hotel. They purchased 20 from her.
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