Holiday Craft Sale Success!
Thanks to the support of our volunteers, last week’s Holiday Craft sale was a huge success! For the third year in a row, TPP volunteers sent in donations of handmade items to be sold at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In just three years, our Holiday Craft Sale has become well known amongst the hospital employees.
In year’s past we’ve held a bake sale along with the Holiday Craft Sale. These sales have been extremely profitable. This year the UIHC stopped allowing bake sales in the hospital. Without the lure of the bake sale, we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to drawn in as large of a crowd. So, we decided to hold a two day sale to make up for any lack in bake sale profits. Luckily, the employees of the UIHC did not disappoint. We raised of total of $3900 in two days!
Not only did we raise a ton of money, but we had a wonderful selection of items this year. This was by far the largest craft sale we’ve ever had. We arrived at the hospital at 6am to set-up and it took us over two hours to set everything up. We used every last inch of table space!
Things were slow in the morning:
The pace REALLY picked up from 10:30am-2pm over the lunch hour. Just look at all of those shoppers!
Congratulations and thank you to our volunteers who supported this sale. You out did yourselves this year and donated car loads (literally) of handmade items for this sale. We are so extremely grateful for your endless support and enthusiasm for our mission! We could not do it without you!
You can view pictures of this sale and donated items in the photo gallery.
Many of you often ask what items were popular during these sales. Well, I have a list this time:
-Adult hats and scarves (mittens were requested)
-Baby/Newborn Sets (hat, bootie and matching blanket)
-All kinds of baby blankets and “Taggies”
-Baby toys and stuffed animals
-Toddler Sweaters and Ponchos
-Child/Mom Apron Sets
-Potholders and washcloths (sold out AGAIN, this is a requested item at every sale)
-Adult size blankets and throws
-Christmas Ornaments (The knit sweaters and tiny hats were a hit! So were the sewn ones and and painted ornaments)
I am sure that there are things I am missing. Please if you have questions about how your items sold!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped price items the night before, set-up for the sale, worked the sale, and helped tear down. Thank you to Jane Fredericks, our fundraising chair, for her tireless efforts to keep this organization running strong. Also, thank you to all of the volunteers who donated items and helped to spread the word about this sale. This fundraiser simply wouldn’t be a success year after year without your support!