A used book sale is an excellent way to raise funds while recycling at the same time, and a good reason to dust off those old novels and to take advantage of the money they can make for your fundraiser.
Depending on the size and scope of your sale, you may need more merchandise than you can find in your home’s bookshelves and personal collections. Since libraries often discard older books to make room for new ones they often have tons of donated, damaged or unwanted titles that serve as great sales materials.
Why not try enlisting a local celebrity to help promote your fundraiser. There are often established or successful authors in major cities who are generally looking for ways to promote themselves and their work. Having these people collaborate with you is a win-win opportunity for both parties. This applies especially to schools, churches, and community events that cover a large demographic.
If you decide to hold a used book sale, don’t forget to promote it! Homemade flyers, radio advertising, websites and free classifieds are perfect ways to spread the news. Facebook, Twitter and blogs are among modern and trendy ways to make the word of your book sale go viral. Always remember to first exhaust all of the free resources you have at your disposal before choosing a pay per-ad approach.
As with any planned fundraising event, organization is key to the success of the entire experience. Ensure that you have all of the relevant info in the planning phase: the name of the event, date, time, the resources (including the books, the volunteers and the support of any necessary sponsors), the venue, the admission fee if any, and your contact information.