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« on: August 09, 2006 01:08:56 PM »

Ok Im not sure this is in the right spot so please correct it if im wrong.

I was invited to go to France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco next summer (2007) for 20 days on a student ambassadors program. I really want to go but I know its going to be insanely expensive, and I know we cant afford it right now, not with my 16th bday party and my truck (already paid for but needs some work done to it) and christmas and everything.

My cousin was also invited and her parents said she could go no matter what the cost, but im not sure if they will stick with that statement once we find out how much it actually is.

Therefore, I'm looking for massive amounts of ways to make a good amount of money other than the obvious get a job (im not allowed).

I was thinking of making and selling things but im not sure what to make or where to sell it.
The main thing I know how to do is sew (craft related wise).

I am looking for any idea at all, whether you think its good or bad or whatever I NEED HELP!!

Currently I am in high school in 10th grade I am taking 5 honors classes and 1 AP class and I play volleyball for the school. Therefore I dont have tons of excess time, I do have time on the weekends and if its the difference between going or not Im willing to work my butt off.

Please give me as many ideas as you can, i will greatly appreciate it!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2006 01:27:44 PM »

What about getting local businesses to sponsor you?  When I was in high school, most of the language clubs planned trips (German Club to Germany, Russian Club to Russia, French Club to France ... I don't remember if the Spanish Club did anything) and the club had several local sponsors.  I believe the sponsors were thanked in the club newsletter.

The French Club also held a French-only day; the students got friends and family to sponsor them at $X dollars per hour of French-only.  Of course, this required faculty support, but maybe you could do something similar with one of your classes?

You could hold a craft-a-thon.  Ask people to sponsor you at $X per blanket you make for Project Linus or some other charity over a weekend or a 7-day-period. 

Hold donations-based crafting lessons after school.  (Get your advisor or whomever is organizing the trip to help promote the lessons.)

You can hold a tag sale with donated and crafted goods.  When asking for donated items, remember to tell people that the tag sale is a fundraising effort -- one of the local Boy Scout troops does this every year with good results.  (You may have less luck with this if donations to your group are NOT tax-deductible.)

Publicize your fundraising efforts.  See if the local paper is interested in your story -- a lot of news outlets are looking for "good teen" human interest stories.  (If they're reluctant, offer to write the story yourself, then find a good editor for polish.)

Open an Etsy shop (with the 'rents permission, of course) and link it in your signature of every message board you frequent.  Mention the fundraising mission in the link and again in the storefront.

If you *just* want to make and sell stuff, approach the manager or owner of any local businesses you frequent.  My local coffee shop has items for sale to benefit a work-training program in Mexico; one of the burrito places has a weekly raffle for homemade brownies, with the proceeds going to an employee's ballet school fund.

There's also the good old standby of a car wash or bake sale. 

Good luck!  What a fantastic opportunity.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2006 03:30:37 PM »

Typical jobs may not be ideal for you, but have you considered tutoring younger kids? There's always a demand for tutoring in Algebra (which you have probably taken, considering your schedule), and sometimes kids respond better to younger (peer) tutors.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2006 03:34:19 PM »

The thing I have found that sells like crazy is anything mascot related.
You might have to ask your school if that is allowed - but I have sold duct tape purses/duct tape bracelets and earrings with school mascots and the kids can't get enough!
you could probably sew some cuff bracelets with the mascot - and charge extra to embroider their name in it?
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2006 07:55:18 AM »

o wow, those are some really great ideas, i think i might try a few of them!! Thanks so much for you help! Grin Grin Grin Cool
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012 03:13:32 PM »

if you are a good cook......well me and my BFF made a little stand and baked cookies and brownies during the parade that goes right past her house we made about 24 bucks! if you get younger friends or siblings that adults would think are cute then that is a bonus
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012 04:30:51 PM »

Since it's a school program why not see about being able to make and then sell candy-o-grams or valentines at school to be delivered to students (purchased by other students) in class.  This might already be done in your school, but if not it might be a great opportunity. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012 04:37:23 AM »

if you search this on google it will come up with a crap ton of ideas, here are some obvious ones.....

sell old clothes etc on ebay/garage sale
sew some stuff for ebay/garage sale
sew or craft and go to a local market or carpark sale and have a table every weekend
ask around or advertise alterations/sewing services
dog walking / baby sitting
sewing lessons?
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