Monday, October 21, 2019

Ticket Raffle 2019

Our STLMQG Ticket Raffle is always a lot of fun, and the money we raise goes right back into our guild. This will be our 9th year hosting the raffle, and while many of our members are well aware of how it works, we want to make sure that everyone can get in on the fun. Plus, we're making a few changes this year to hopefully improve the process, so be sure to read through the full post.

How the Raffle Works:
Members donate fabulous items at the November and December meetings and are issued tickets in exchange for the retail value of their complete donation. (If you donate items in November, we will make a note of the number of tickets you should receive in December. All tickets will be handed out in December.) Items are bundled, if necessary, and displayed at the December meeting. In December, members can purchase tickets and/or use the tickets they are issued for their donation to take a chance at winning donated items.

What Should I Donate?
Donations should be things that your fellow members would like to win and should generally be modern, new, and unused. There are, of course, a few exceptions (for instance, books may be gently used). The key to donating is to ask yourself -- will others in the modern guild be excited about this item? If the answer's yes, bring it on! If not, leave it at home. Do not use this as an opportunity to unload your magazines from 1997, that box of items you were going to donate to Goodwill, your more traditional fabric and items, or items that would otherwise be trashed or placed on the freebie table. 

Acceptable Donation Items:
  • Quilt-shop quality modern fabric (pre-cuts, yardage, gallon-size bags of useable modern fabric scraps, etc.)
  • Patterns for totes/handbags, modern quilts, etc.
  • Finished handmade items (modern quilts, handbags, wall hangings, pillows, pincushions, etc.)
  • Quality thread (quilting, applique, embroidery, etc.)
  • Crafting supplies and sewing/quilting notions (English paper piecing supplies, embroidery kits, quilting rulers, etc.)
  • Sewing-themed decor and art
  • Quilting and sewing books
  • Be creative! We've had donations of wine, chocolate, and restaurant gift certificates in the past, which are also fun.

Ticket-to-Donation Exchange Rate (November and December):
If the estimated retail value of your entire donation is…
$10 or less = 5 tickets
$11-30 = 10 tickets
$31-50 = 15 tickets
$51 and up = 25 tickets

Tickets for Purchase (December):
1 ticket for $1
25 tickets for $20

Ticket Raffle Directions (December meeting):
Buy your tickets and/or use the ones you received in exchange for your donation. On each ticket, write your last name and first initial or your full name (tip! bring return address labels to use if you don't want to write it out). Find the item(s) you wish to take a chance on, place your ticket(s) in the corresponding bag, and cross your fingers. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you can place in each bag, so if you really want an item, go ahead and put all your eggs in one basket. After the meeting break, winners will be randomly selected. There is no limit to the amount you can win.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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