I wanted to take a quick break from some tutorials and offer some suggestions on what you can do if you are unable to sell your cookies. Even if you can sell your cookies, you may have a few extra's that are looking for a home.
I do not sell my cookies. I know, sad right? Illinois does have a cottage law and I have looked into every possible avenue in order for me to sell cookies. But here is what I have discovered: every county in Illinois handles this cottage law differently. At least that is what my county tells me.
Even though I do not sell my cookies, I don't let it prevent me from doing what I love, and you shouldn't either!
I want to share with you some ideas if you are unable to sell your edible creations. Now you can continue to do what you love. Even if you are just getting started and don't know what to do with all the creations your are making, these ideas will come in handy.
What to do if you are unable to sell your cookies or edible creations
Cookie swaps!!!! That's right, cookie swaps. Find a group of people that share your same passion and swap those cookies. These cookie swaps are so much fun. You are not only able to taste others recipes, you are able to see their decorating techniques. And here is an added bonus: I have formed some pretty amazing friendships during these cookie swaps.
Holidays and birthdays are another great way to practice your decorating skills. Your family will be so impressed! Take cookies or your edible creation to any event. It can be a cookout, holiday gathering, birthday gift, baby shower, baptism or anniversary. Just be warned, you will be expected to bring your creations to ALL upcoming events.
Organizations and Auctions are probably my favorite way of sharing my cookies. Cookies for iPads and the GOBO! Foundation are some of my all time favorites. Just go to their Facebook pages and make sure you "like". You will be able to see when the events are being held and donate.
But please do not limit yourself to just these two organizations. There are so many great causes out there. A lot of these organization have bake sales with items that are donated. Become someone who donates to these. Help them raise the funds they need.
Contact a church in your area and see if they are having a bake sale where you can donate your creations. Schools sometimes have "silent auctions" to help raise money. I was recently involved in a silent auction for someone who was in need of medical expenses. I donated a set of cookies to be auctioned. I can not begin to tell you how wonderful it makes you feel on the inside, to know that you have helped in some way.
Random Acts of Kindness is another of my favorites. There is always someone who needs an extra special something. Give someone a smile. I guarantee your creation will be the smile they needed that day :)
Thank you or a Just Because, can also be considered a Random Act of Kindness. Has someone done something kind for you and you don't know how to repay them? There is nothing that says "Thank you" more than something you created.
These are just a few of my ideas for being able to continue to create cookies and not being able to sell. Do you have any ideas you would like to share?