It’s that time of year again. Time for students of all ages to make the rounds of the neighborhood – and for parents to hit up their colleagues, with holiday-time fundraisers. You know the fundraisers I’m talking about – the ones that sell 12” x 12” squares of wrapping paper for $10 each, 6-piece boxes of candy for $12, and candles for $22. Oh joy.
My son, being 7 years older than my daughter, has been out of high school for a while, and my daughter graduated last year, and while I don’t feel the same inclination to purchase from the neighborhood children as I did from my own, I understand these fundraisers are to benefit the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). Though admittedly, I’m not quite sure exactly what they fund. I’m sure it’s something worthwhile. At least, I remain optimistic that that’s the case.
Since their goal is to raise as much money as possible (I mean, right?), I can’t help but think that if they switched from holiday trimmings, candies, and baubles to whiskey, liqueur, and wine, they’d double if not triple (quadruple??) their revenues. They’d have no shortage of customers, I’m sure…especially among those parents with kids still in school. Hey, you need something to get through those upcoming parent/teacher conferences, not to mention the holiday break. Hell, they’d make a fortune at my house alone, despite my kids being out of school.
As I go to close the door: “No, I’m sorry, I don’t need gold-plated teeny-tiny squares of wrapping paper. Wait, what?? Baileys, you say?? Get back over here! You came to the right house. I think you just surpassed your quota, kid.”
I think you’re on something here! I mean, on to something…
It’s all about knowing your customer. In my case, “Wrapping paper, no thanks. Wait, you have books? My ‘to-be-read-one-day-really-really-soon-now’ tsondoku pile is down to under a metric ton, I need to replenish!”
Seriously. I could go with a book fundraiser too even if my current TBR pile WILL see me into 2027.
I think you may have hit on a successful business model here!
It’s mine! NO stealing! 😀 Of course, I’m sure the school board would have a differing viewpoint…such killjoys.
While you’re right about what adults would buy, anyone under the age of 21 is legally not allowed to handle much less sell alcohol.
I know, I know. Such a wet blanket.
But I really do wish they’d sell better stuff. Better and more interesting as well as better made.
Well, I definitely had us adults (of legal age) in mind…
I have bought some weird things from school fund raisers. 🤣🤣🤣🤣