Follow these Girl Scout Cookie Booth Ideas to increase sales this year. Free Cookie Booth printables are included.
It is Girl Scout Cookie Time! Our troop just started sales this weekend.
On Saturday, we had our first of many Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales at a local grocery store. I am so glad that we sold inside because it was frigid outside.
This is the fifth year of sales. I am the troop leader and Girl Scout Cookie Mom. I have learned a lot from our various Girl Scout Cookie Booths over the years.
Here are my suggestions for successful Girl Scout Cookie Sales.
Girl Scout Cookie Booth Ideas & Tips
1. Make sure you have enough cookies! It is hard to anticipate how many cookies you will sell, but make sure you bring enough with you.
I have seen recommendations of 4-6 cases per hour, but I think you might need more depending on when/where you are selling.
We sold 239 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in 3 hours on Saturday, 91 of which were Thin Mints. You cannot have too many Thin Mints!
2. Gather your supplies Make sure you have everything you need for the sale. If the selling location does not provide a table, bring one of your own.
Do you want to decorate your table? Do you have proper signage?
Have plenty of Girl Scout cookie money on hand, with most of it being small bills.
Do you have a card reader to take credit cards?
Bring grocery sacks for your buyers to carry their purchase away.
Our Girl Scout cookie cart has all the necessary supplies.
Free Girl Scout Cookie Printables
3. Keep detailed records Make sure that you know how many boxes you have with you at the sale, and keep a tally sheet of how many you sell.
I created this Girl Scout cookie tracker for our sale and had one of the older girls do the tallying.
Download the Girl Scout cookie forms at the very bottom of the post. Both bakeries are included. Updated for 2017/18 Sales
4. Assign jobs in shifts One issue I have had in past sells is girls complaining that they were holding signs too long or they were bored.
This year I created a sign-up sheet. Girls signed up for a task in 30-minute time slots.
It worked out well and they did a great job of policing themselves.
The sign-up sheet is included in the download at the bottom of the post. You will have to fill in your own times.
Girl Scout Cookie Choices
5. Arrange cookies We find it best to put the popular box of Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, and Caramel de Lites) on each end of the table and then the rest in the middle.
The buyer usually stands right in front of the table, so this arrangement allows other customers to see the popular cookies for a quick sale.
Girl Scout Sign Ideas
6. Use signs We tried a new strategy that worked brilliantly this year. We made a sign that said 5 for $20. Prices have increased, so now you can put 4 for $20.
So many people just plopped down a Jackson and grabbed their five boxes. We started the sale with no twenties, but we ended up with 70 twenties.
If you take credit cards, have signs saying so. People love to be able to pay with a card.
Does your troop donate Girl Scout cookies to the military or other groups? Make sure your customers know about it.
Say Thank You!
7. Thank the customers Of course, your girls need to smile and say thank you, but go the extra mile.
Have cards or sticky notes filled out that say something like Thanks for buying cookies from Troop 1884.
Since we sold on Valentine’s Day, we gave each customer a valentine card.
If you ask someone if they want to buy cookies and they say they already have, thank them for supporting Girl Scouts.
8. Clean up and thank host Make sure your sales area is clean after the sell.
Donate your empty cases to a local charity, such as a food pantry.
Make them into cat scratch pads to donate to your local animal shelter.
Source: GS of Gulfcoast FFL
I hope you find these Girl Scout Cookie Booth Ideas helpful.
Good luck to you and your troop on your Girl Scout Cookie Sales!!
I hope you sell lots!