Promote hometown businesses and crafters with locally-sourced raffle prizes

When it’s time to find unique prizes for your next raffle drawing, take a close look at the small businesses and crafters in your community! Offering high-quality locally sourced and handcrafted items can provide the missing ingredient that elevates your fundraising event to a whole new level by helping to promote local businesses and their one-of-a-kind products.

Your organization can play a role in promoting your local economy’s health by offering unique prizes that can easily double as gifts during this holiday season. Local and regional businesses may well be excited to donate product to your raffle in hopes of getting word about their offerings out to a wider audience than they’d otherwise reach.

From 3-D paper or wood ornaments to woven baskets and hand-thrown pottery, from stained-glass window light catchers to luxurious handcrafted soaps, crafters in your area are a great source of whimsical, decorative and functional items that simply can’t be found anywhere else. You could even stuff a 10-foot stocking full of toys for a grand prize that’s sure to be the talk of the town! The key is to be sure to clearly state that the prizes are locally (or regionally) sourced and/or locally made.

Finding crafters in your area can be as simple as visiting a family-owned coffeehouse, restaurant or gift shop and asking the salesperson or the owner – there’s a chance that they’ll either be involved in a crafting organization or will know someone who is, and they may point you in the right direction if needed. As an added bonus, you’ll also be helping to spread the word about your event.

So good luck, and have fun! Have a wonderful holiday.

Lucinda Rowlands
Lucinda Rowlands

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