CLASS BASKETS FOR FEBRUARY CARNIVAL (or Auction Baskets 101 for the Frugal Homeroom Parent!)
of the best shopping days are upon us! So it's time to start thinking about what theme you want your class to have for their Class Basket for our upcoming Carnival in February, and buy now and
save! We also suggest that the Homeroom Parent send out a note or email to the other parents in the class to begin to pick up items that will
fit into the theme of the basket. As can be seen above, the basket does not have to be huge, or overflowing. However, it does need to be all tied into the theme chosen for the class. I think part of the challenge is to come up with something different, and interesting, and reasonable financially. No one person or family in the class should have to bear the burden of the cost. It is a class project, so it should be created by the entire class!
See below for some tips on creating simple Class Baskets for Carnival Auction.
Creating a class basket for the auction should not be stressful! Here are a few tips to help you plan your class basket. Start to shop as far in advance as possible. Visit the big box store clearance aisle often, seasonal clearance is a great place to start. It is easier to put a class basket together if YOU pick the theme for the basket. Some teachers like to have to kids vote on a theme. This can be great, this can also be expensive! Try to think of what YOU or someone in your family would like to bid on. What will you use for a "basket?" It doesn't have to be a basket at all. Baking theme, mixing bowl. Pet theme, pet bed, crate or fish tank. Handy man theme, tool box. New baby theme, baby bath. Gardening theme, Plant pot or wheel barrow. Once you have a theme ask parents for donation of items, cash or gift cards. You'll find the majority of parents would rather donate $$, it saves them the task of shopping. You may find that you have lots of donations for your basket. You may find you only have a few. Either is fine. The lower priced baskets make the most money. (example, a KG class had no homeroom parent and no class basket, a PTA volunteer went to the Dollar Tree with $20. Purchased a colander to use as the basket, a kitchen towel to line the basket, a measuring spoons and several jars of herbs and spices. The basket sold for $38) You may have a great basket priced at a couple hundred dollars that ends up with no bids because it's out of many bidders reach. Try to present your basket so that every item in it is visible. Use scrunched up newspaper or small boxes to raise items up. Tape items together so that they stay in place. Baskets should be shrink wrapped so that items can't be removed when they are on display. If you don't have access to shrink wrap, the PTA does! Once your basket is ready to go, place a sticky note on it with the teachers name and value of the basket. Value is full price of items, not sale price.