People shopping a charity garage sale aren't generally loathe to donate money, but there are often financial reasons that they can't give you much of a contribution to your cause, beyond what they spend on the items. They're generally willing to buy items for your charity because they get something in return. Sometimes, striking a bargain with donors -- giving them something they want, or offering them an easy and painless way to donate -- is the best way to raise the money you need to help out a local charity.
One method of striking a bargain with your shoppers is to request that they submit something free for them -- such as an image of their pet, if you're supporting a shelter, or a story or poem written by their child, if you're helping a literacy cause -- and for each one submitted, you will donate a certain amount of money. Granted, either you'll need to be rich or you'll have to have some very generous backers, but this method can be good for raising awareness as well as support. You can use the images or works that people give you and create a collage for the central office or headquarters of the charity.
Talk to local businesses before you start your fundraising efforts, and see if you can't find someone who is willing to match the donated amount. You can bargain with your backer on whether or not you'll include the merchandise or just some sort of special fundraising effort, like the one mentioned above. Either way, you can advertise that the donated money will be matched, which may encourage people to give more since they know that they will have twice the impact.
Another way of striking a bargain is to give customers a deal for what they donate. For example, if they make a cash donation, they can get a certain percentage off of the price they would have paid for any merchandise they buy. You can have variable amounts -- a $50 donation gets a 50% off, whereas a $10 donation might only get a 10% donation off -- or you can just make a set amount for people who are willing to contribute beyond the items they buy.
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