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Salem – Kiezer – Albany
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If you are planning a large warm weather event, like a fair or a concert, selling ice cream bars is a no brainer. When people get hot, they are going to want to cool off, plus ice cream is a delicious treat. People even buy ice cream when the weather is cold (or else all the ice cream shops would close for the winter).
So what kind of treats can you put into an ice cream cart? Pretty much any kind of frozen ice cream bar or popsicle will work. Check with bulk grocery stores such as Costco or Cash ‘n Carry to see what is available locally and watch for sales at local grocery stores. Sometimes grocery stores will have sales on ice cream bars that make them even cheaper than the bulk stores.
Here are some ice cream bars and frozen treats that you can consider selling in an ice cream cart:
Ben and Jerrys
Bars (chocolate dipped ice cream): Cherry Garcia, Fudge Brownie, Half Baked
Bar (stickless): Big Alaska, Nutt’n Better
Bars (with sticks): Bananas and Cream, Banana Pops, Blueberry and Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt, Bom Pop (cherry, lime, raspberry), Caramel Ice Cream, Carmello, Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt Swirl, Chocolate Caramel Cashew, Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae Crunch, Chocolate with Almonds, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Raspberry, Chunky Mango, Chunky Strawberry, Creamy Coconut, Double Chocolate, Double Dutch Fudge, Double Fudge, English Toffee, Fudge, Fruit Burst Bomb Pop (watermelon, lemon and green apple), Heath, Jolly Rancher, Lemonade Bomb Pop, Lucas Chamoy (chamoy and chili), Lucas Pelucas (tamarind and hot chili), Orange Dream, Orange Sherbet Tubes, Pina Colada, Root Bear Float, Slush Pops (cherry, grape, orange), Sour Power Bomb (watermelon, orange, green apple), Star Bars (milk chocolate and vanilla ice cream), Strawberries and Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream (chocolate coated), Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae, Turtle (chocolate, caramel, and pecans) , Twin Pops (cherry, lemon-lime, orange), Twirlix (chocolate and banana), Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Fudge, Vanilla Ice Cream Crunch
Cones: Bunny Tracks, Caramel Lovers, Classic Sundae, Chocolate, Chocolate Lovers, Cookies ‘n Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla
Sandwiches: Big Bopper (chocolate chip cookie) Birthday Party (cake), Chips Galore (chocolate chip cookie), Double Strawberry, Milk Chocolate, Mint Grasshopper, Mississippi Mud, Neapolitan, Peanut Butter Fudge Chip, Rocky Road, Vanilla Bean
Bars (ice cream): Candy Center Crunch, Choco Dipped Vanilla, Chocolate Éclair, Cookies and Cream, Ice Cream on a Stick, Mounds, Oreo, Reeses, Strawberry Shortcake, Toasted Almond, York
Cones: King Cone, Triple Chocolate Brownie Giant King Cone, Vanilla Chocolate Giant King Cone, Sundae Cone
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Vanilla, Neapolitan, Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
Bars (chocolate dipped ice cream): chocolate and dark chocolate, vanilla and milk chocolate, vanilla and dark chocolate, vanilla and almonds, coffee and almond crunch, raspberry and vanilla milk chocolate
Frozen Sundaes: Vanilla Caramel, Vanilla Chocolate
Bars (chocolate dipped ice cream): Original, Caramel Pretzel, Dark Chocolate, Double Chocolate, Heath, Krunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Neapolitan, Oreo, Reeses, Rocky Road
Choco Taco: Original, Chocolate, Peanut Butter
Sandwiches: Classic Vanilla, Chocolate, Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oreo, What the Fudge? Brownie
Magnum Ice Cream
Bars (chocolate dipped ice cream): Almond, Classic, Dark, Double Caramel, Double Chocolate, Mint, Mochaccino, White
Popsicles: Cherry, Grape, Orange, Airheads, Banana, Banana Mania, Big Stick Cherry Pineapple, Firecracker, Jolly Rancher, Jolly Rancher Awesome Twosome, Lemon Lime, Marvel Super Heroes, Rainbow, Rootbeer, Scribblers Pops, Slow Melt Dora the Explorer, Slow Melt Mighty Mints, SpongeBob Squarepants Pop Ups, Sour Patch Kids, Sugar Free Healthy Bunch, Sugar Free Tropicals
Yosicle: Duos, Layerz, Torpedo
Now that is a list to make someone hungry for ice cream! Hope all of the options inspire you and help you plan out the perfect items to sell in an ice cream cart at your event.
There is only one holiday listed on most calendar’s in March, St Patrick’s Day. Whether or not you are Irish, for those wanting to hold a party, it’s a pretty good holiday to celebrate. After all, what better excuse do you need to drink Irish ales and munch on corned beef and potatoes?
Kell’s Irish at 112 SW Second in Portland has an Irish festival March 15-18 to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Thinking about holding your own St Patrick’s Day Party in Portland? Having the event at an Irish restaurant can make it simple. Kell’s has banquet facilities for events with up to 250 people, but since St. Patrick’s Day is such a busy time for an Irish restaurant, there is a good chance that their facilities will not be available near the holiday or if they are you will have to reserve them far in advance.
Odds are you will have to pick another venue and decorate it to suit the holiday. Local dollar, party, and craft stores sell a wide variety of decorations, paper plates, napkins, cups, tables cloths, and more with a St Patrick’s Day theme. If your event is outdoors, be sure you have appropriate shelter or rent a tent. Portland can get pretty wet this time of year!
Book an Irish band or pick out some prerecorded Irish tunes for a DJ to play at your party. Be sure to book your entertainment early as this time of year, anything Irish is in heavy demand. Having an Irish dance? Consider getting a dance floor.
Food and drink are important parts of any party and St Patrick’s Day is no exception. If you are having your party catered, book your caterer far in advance to make sure you get your first choice.
Check the space requirements in regards to serving liquor if you intend to serve Irish alcohol. Coloring your beer green? Stock up on the green food coloring. A bar ran out of green food coloring and started using mint in their beer instead to keep the St Patrick’s Day theme. A lot of patrons stopped drinking and left rather than drink the minty ale.
Need to get rid of some stuff? Whether you are cleaning out the garage or just getting rid of items that you no longer need, a yard or garage sale is a fun way to get rid of the clutter and make a little money in the process.
Most people hold yard and garage sales at their own house, but if you live in a quiet neighborhood, you may consider having your sale at another location. It is much easier to have a successful sale on a busy street because people driving and walking by see your wares from the street. If you have any friends whose yard would make a better locarion, see if you can hold the sale in their yard instead. Perhaps they might want to join you and sell some of their own stuff as well. Another good option is to hold your sale during a neighborhood block sale since shoppers will be in the area already.
Check with friends and see if any would be interested in sharing your sale with you. The more stuff you have to sell, the more attractive your sale will be to shoppers. If you are sharing your sale, you can also split the costs and work involved. Just make sure that items are tagged and sales are tracked so everyone selling stuff gets their share of the profit, or have an agreement for how the money will be split.
Advertise your sale as much as possible, using the local newspaper, social media, and online posting sites. Craig’s List is a wonderful resource (and it is free). List some of the items that you have in your sale so people looking for those things specifically will know to come. Along with placing an ad for your sale, pick some of the bigger items and make individual ads for them as well. Be sure to include photos with the ads. When people inquire about an item, arrange for them to come look at that item during your sale. Ads for free items tend to get a lot of responses, so if you have any items you want to give away, put ads up for them as well.
Early on the first day of your sale, place posters around the neighborhood with directions to your sale, being sure to place them on the closest busy streets. Make the posters large, colorful, and easy to see. You can use poster board or big pieces of cardboard.
Make sure your sale is easy to see from the street. If you are having your sale in a garage that sits in back of your house, put some items in the front yard to attract attention. The more people can see from the street, the more likely they will see something that will make them want to stop. If there is a chance of rain or if the day is really sunny, consider getting a tent. Not only will the tent help protect you and your merchandise from the weather, but it will also make your sale more visible. If you have stuff you want to give away, put a large clearly marked free box in front so people will stop to take a look at what you are getting rid of (and hopefully decide to shop too while they are there).
Make sure all of the items are clearly marked and be ready to bargain. Many garage sale shoppers are looking for a deal. Remember that at the end of the sale, you’ll be stuck with whatever is left, so if you don’t want to keep items or try to sell them after the sale, be negotiable and price them to move.
Consider selling beverages and treats. If you have kids, this is the perfect occasion for them to set up a lemonade stand. You can also sell other edible goodies like popcorn, sno-cones, ice cream bars, or cotton candy.
Be careful when you are having your sale that items you don’t want to sell are not accidentally parted with. Don’t let strangers in your house to use the bathroom (or if you do decide to let people in your house, watch them closely and make sure valuables are not in plain site). Put the more valuable items that you are selling where you can keep an eye on them, especially if they are small, like jewelry. While most people won’t take stuff, it just takes one bad apple to ruin a pie. If you do need to leave your sale unattended, make sure that any small valuable items are not where people can grab them.
I have had sales that were slow, so I just worked inside and came out when I had a customer. When I was not nearby, I left a note to leave money in my locking mail box if they wanted anything, and amazingly enough people did. However, I was not worried about any items getting stolen in that particular sale because everything that did not sell was going to be donated to Goodwill anyway.
Have plenty of change for your sale, but don’t keep it in plain view. If you have a cash box, keep a limited amount of change in your cash box, and have another spot (perhaps in the house) for extra change in case you run out. Don’t leave cash unattended.
There will always be items left over after a sale. If you have enough items, you can plan another sale. You can sell some of the more valuable items on Craig’s List or eBay. Consignment shops are another option. If you just want rid of the stuff, you can donate it to a thrift store. In fact, some charities will even come pick up your left over items for you after a yard sale. Another benefit to donating items is you can write off donations on your taxes.
Good luck on your sale. Hope it is a huge success!