Does anyone remember the "Tom Wat" kits. You may not believe this, but the company is still thriving and still doing fundraisers, over 50 years. If I recall correctly, we did them in FBLA. We each received a suitcase shaped cardboard box filled with "things". I remember the plastic tote bags adorned with large blue and yellow flowers...kind of a sixties thing. Who knew we sold people bags that they could reuse, and save the trees. There were plastic rain bonnets, collapsible cups, notepads, and some of the tackiest little items. But we sold them. We went door to door, opening the cardboard suitcase each time to let the customers view each and every item. This was to teach us about business. Talking with customers, handling orders, collecting money and finally delivering their orders.
The one thing that I remember is that at the end of the fundraiser, we ordered the extra items that we sold, but filled some of the orders with what was in our cardboard suitcases. I always wondered if the customers knew that their item had been carried around in a box for a month, handled by other people, and given to them as a new item. If they did, I am quite sure they didn't mind one bit. Our parents and our friends didn't buy the items because they needed, or wanted them. They bought them because it was us selling them. Or it was one of our friends selling something. I am sure that every parent, and now grandparent, has a "had to by it" closet or drawer. And we will just keep adding that magnet, decal, or if you are lucky, cookie dough to our collection. Wish I still had one of those bags...they would be back in style.