By Real Simple
Updated February 05, 2009
  • Two to three weeks before the event, post sign-up sheets at your school, church, synagogue, or community center, and e-mail or call around to request contributions. (Have people commit to making a specific item so you’re sure to have a wide variety.)
  • Ask nonbakers if they’ll work at the sale or drop off leftovers at a soup kitchen.
  • Try soliciting a bakery for donations, says Debi Lilly, a Chicago event planner and a mother of two: “Explain the sale’s purpose and note that you’re offering a chance to introduce their bakery to 200 potential new customers.”