Saturday, June 10, 2006

About That Tricky Tray..I Just Want To Say...Chapter 6_(Closed)

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Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever been to the Long Valley Firehouse tt? Its coming up this Friday. Just wondering how it is? Thanks!!

ttjunkie said...

About Long Valley - I met someone at a tt in Succasunna who said that it was a good one. Don't have any details, though. Would love to here more - like number of items, prices, etc.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know anything about the Caldwell College event? Would love to hear from those who have attended previously. Trying to decide between that and Long Valley firehouse! Comments?

Anonymous said...

Anybody out there????
Let's get this going!

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Just UpDated the web site

More details fot the Long Valley tricky tray this Friday, June 16.

New trickytrays added for Sept & Nov too

Check it out at
www.trickytray.com/events.htm

Best to All,
Mr. TrickyTRay

Anonymous said...

I would go for the Caldwell College one again. We've gone the last 2 years. They usually have good prizes. I think I remember the ticket prices being on the higher end. But at least the prizes are good. Give them a call. That's what we always do.
And don't forget the Corpus Christi tricky tray in South River. There is a carnival too and you need not be present to win. I checked it out last night and they have over 70 prizes. Values starting at I believe $50. A flat screen Nets TV valued at $500. Calling is at 8:00 Saturday night. This is a very good cause to help the school.

maroulr said...

I went to the TT at the Piscataway American Legion tonight. I must tell everyone that I never thought this day would come but it has. I have been to the worst TT yet! I feel bad saying it because the cause for it is a good one. They charged 12 bucks to get in and 10 for a extra sheet. I don't think anything was worth more then 10 bucks. They said it was there 5th one and it was so unorganized. They didn't know to even put the tickets in a bucket to mix them. There were a bunch of TT.com people there and we were all complaining. It should have been posted on garagesale.com because it sure wasn't a TT.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I didn't go to Piscataway! It was nearby, but lucky for me, it seems, I had a school function to attend for one of my kids!

Anonymous said...

Went to Long Valley. My main comment was that on the regular prize tables the prizes ranged from a pizza or a manicure to Medieval Times tickets. I would have preferred if the smaller value items were grouped together so that prizes had a minimum $25 value. I came home a winner, so I can't complain!

maroulr said...

I also went to Long Valley and thought the prices were very affordable. They probably could have made more money by grouping the prizes differently. I also came home a winner and had a nice night out. Good job Long Valley!

Josh said...

Thank You to those who came to the Long Valley Tricky Tray. I do all the runing around to the local businesses, and Let me just say it's alot of work, but it great to see the night turn to be a great success, and our best tricky Tray yet. I will Deffently keep in mind next year about grouping the trays. Oh and I just hope everyone heard me well, I am the one who calls all the tickets. Thanks Again for your support.

maroulr said...

Josh you a great job calling!!!

ilovetrickytrays said...

I went to the Long Valley Tricky Tray and thought the prizes needed to be grouped together as well--some prizes were just way too minimal. That way the night could have ended a little quicker too. But the prices of the tickets were very affordable so it was hard to complain. I agree, the caller did an excellent job and I was a bit concerned in the beginning since he didn't have a microphone, but he was loud, clear and kept it going as quickly as possible.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any details about the Pike County Developmental Center TT in Milford on 6/24? How many prizes, what kind of prices, are kids allowed, etc.? There's no number to call.

Anonymous said...

I went to a really nice tt last year on Sept. 16, 2005 in Totowa. Does anyone remember what organization ran it? I seem to remember something about Verizon but not sure it that is accurate. I would love to go to it again. If anyone has any info.

Anonymous said...

More Info on that Pikes County PA tricky tray has been posted on www.trickytray.com along with a contact email

Boonton said...

Has anyone attended the Parsippany Animal Group PASS Tricky Tray in Boonton? Tickets go on sale soon and we are wondering how it is in terms of prizes, etc..

Anonymous said...

Pike County Developmental Center did a nice job. They had a bigger crowd than expected and had to bring in additional chairs. Well run, nice variety of prizes and reasonable prices. And, we were finished by 8!

Anonymous said...

prize list for tricky tray just added for

Thursday, July 6, 2006
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Location:
FDU University Softball Field
off Hackensack Avenue
at Kotte Place
Hackensack, NJ  07601

on www.trickytray.com

Anonymous said...

Nice to see some tricky trays for the summer!

Anonymous said...

Anybody else go to the Joey Bella tricky tray?
I thought there were a good number of baskets and the prices were fair. I didn't win, but would go again.

maroulr said...

I went to the Joey Bella TT it was good.

ttjunkie said...

Did you all see the article on tricky trays in the Star Ledger today?

Anonymous said...

You can read online at

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1152253063116570.xml&coll=1

Anonymous said...

This will be our first year hosting our PTA Tricky Tray in Sussex County, NJ - Hampton Township PTA and was wondering if anyone has ever been to Hampton's PTA Tricky Tray in the past and had any comments (good or bad) to help us this year. We are also trying to decide what month to have the tricky tray - is it better to have it in the fall-middle of the winter - or in the Spring? Thanks for any help!

Anonymous said...

I personally like the spring events. The weather is always nice. I noticed many events are held in the fall and kind of thin out as the spring arrives. What we need more of is summer events.

Anonymous said...

I prefer that you stay away from Friday nights - they are too hectic to get to after work (especially in Sussex County because of the traffic on 80/15/206!), and some Friday nights there are sooooo many to choose from. January, February and March are on the light side (and the summer, too, of course), but then there's always the traffic issue.

Anonymous said...

oops - sorry!
in my posting above, the last sentence should be... the weather issue. (not traffic!)

ttjunkie said...

Any info on any of the upcoming events? Good, bad, worth the trip, etc. There aren't too many in the summer, so I need my fix!

I though this blog would really get moving after the Star Ledger article. Is there anyone else out there??????? Hello!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comments about having our Hampton Twsp (Sussex Cty) Tricky Tray - we decided to have it on a Saturday (March 3rd)! Thanks again. I will post the date when I have more info.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

HOw's your Summer Going Everyone?
There seems to be a nice mix of tricky trays to make it through the "tricky tray summer blues". The events are rolling in. Just posted some for Oct & Nov.

Don't forget .. tricky tray t-shirts are on sale now!
http://www.cafepress.com/trickytray

Help support TrickyTray.com!

Thanks

Larissa said...

Hi,

I'm planning & organizing my first tricky tray. I'm thinking May of '07, and it's to raise money for the Bergen County Players 75th Anniversary revamping of the theater (community theater).

At any rate, while my mom used to plan tricky trays all the time, I've never done this before. From anyone who's done it, I'm looking to pick brains - what's the advantage/disadvantage to doing it in a PAL vs. a fancy restaurant. What have you found to be more successful?

My other question is, how do you get the big prizes. I know where to go to get gift certificates & gift baskets & the like... but to get big TVs & other electronics, do places like PC Richards & Macy's just donate that stuff? What about trips? Do I need an actual connection to the travel industry, or do they just donate?

Also - does anyone have some good language for a letter for me to put on the BCP letterhead to bring to various businesses to get donations? I know I can't just walk in & say, "Hi, I'm collecting for a nonprofit organization," and expect them to believe me.

And don't worry - as soon as I have a date & location set, I'll be posting the tricky tray here!

Larissa said...

"Anonymous said...
I went to a really nice tt last year on Sept. 16, 2005 in Totowa. Does anyone remember what organization ran it? I seem to remember something about Verizon but not sure it that is accurate. I would love to go to it again. If anyone has any info.
June 20, 2006 1:03 PM"

That was the Verizon Pioneers Tricky Tray, and it's every September, I believe. I was there too.

Larissa said...

One more question - I'm a pain in the neck, I know - how do you guys feel about various days for tricky trays? Weeknight? Friday? Saturday? How about Sunday afternoon, or even like 5 p.m.? I'd like to hear from both organizers who've tried different days & can tell me about turnout & attendees' preferences. Thanks!

ttjunkie said...

I'll go anytime! There seem to be a lot on Friday nights, so some weeks I really have to make a choice. If they're not too far from me (or my office), I go to the weeknight ones. No matter what day of the week they are, I only go to the ones without dinner - don't want to spend $40 dollars on a meal because that's $40 less to spend on tickets. And my guess is that others feel that way, too.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right! No dinner! I refuse to go to them for that reason. I spend a lot of money on tickets and I don't want to first spend $40 on a meal. The one time I did go to a $40 luncheon I spent less on tickets so the organization didn't make as much as they should have. However, I prefer a Saturday night only because it's easier to leave the kids at home with my husband rather then paying a sitter $10 per hour during the week. You can get big prizes from Disneyworld (4 park hopper passes), Sony, and American Girl. You can find their addresses on the web. Sometimes banks will donate cash which then you can purchase some expense items. You can also get items such as bikes from a "bike shop" at cost...or any local business. We will be getting designer sunglasses from our local eye professional at cost.

Larissa said...

Thanks for the suggestions & input. I went to a dinner tricky tray this past Spring that was $25 for the entry fee - with dinner & a sheet of tickets. If I could swing that, would that make it more attractive?

Also, month - Is there too much going on in May with weddings & communions & such to bother? Should I be shooting for April? Or is May an OK month for this sort of thing?

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

When planning your event, make sure the price of the tickets matches the value of the prizes. I personally like the tricky trays where the regular prizes are between $25 and $75 and the tickets are up to $5 a sheet. And make sure the prizes in each level are consistent - no one wants a pizza and a $100 gift certificate in the same level. And, not too many levels of prizes. I think 3 is enough. I've been to some where there are 7 or 8 levels and it's just too much.
As far as when to hold your event - May gets really crowded with events. If you can hold off till the summer, it would be great. There's not too much selection of events in the summer (or the winter, for that matter).

Larissa said...

I agree about the pricing & the levels. I can't stand that sort of variation either, and never understood it.

Summer's a little late for when we'll be needing the money for theater repairs... so I'll have to see what we can swing.

Thanks!

I'm actually picking up a lot here - no bent tix, signs indicating direction of travel, etc...

Anonymous said...

There is only 1 tricky tray that I'll go to and spend $40 on the dinner. And that one I wind up spending big money.
Please do not do a dinner. And thanks for listening to all the advise about bent tickets etc.

Larissa said...

Hey, I want to do this right. I've been to tons of them, but never really observed; I guess now I wish I had! But BCP has never done a tricky tray & I'd like to show them how it's really done. This one's for our anniversary, but if I can make it a real success, I might be able to convince them to do it as a yearly thing, which would be great for the theater.

Anonymous said...

Here's my Most Unusual prize and it was a $250.00 value. 10 tons of stone. Delivered free of charge. From NJ to Tobyhanna, PA. Thanks Carmel Trucking!
My most coveted prize was tickets to the play "Wicked" and $100 for dinner in New York City.

maroulr said...

Hey everyone I went to the TT in Ortley Beach tonight. It was so nice!!! The prizes were very affordable and in good relation to the value of the prizes. The people there were so nice it really made me want to go back. I got my TT fix tonight! I am use to going to 2 a week and I'm lucky if there is 1 a month during the summer. Thanks St. Elisabeth's Chapel for having it in the summer and helping us TT junkies who need more like you in the summer. I will be there next July for sure!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I didn't feel that it was worth the trip to St Elisabeth's in Ortley Beach. I do give them an "A" for being nice and following all the rules. They do need to combine the small prizes. $4-20 on the small table. And they need to get more big prizes. They are there for the asking. A lot of big companies will donate. Go to a few good ones and most will share their sources. I give them a "C" minus for prizes. We'll stay home next year.

Anonymous said...

I also went to the Tricky Tray in Ortley Beach and thought it was very nice. Prizes were good quality and the amounts for the tickets were good. I didn't win but I will be back next year and try again.

Anonymous said...

Wow - you can see we all have different expectations! One tricky tray and some say the prizes were nice, others (or at least one other) said they were too small. I wasn't at this one, but in general, I would say anything under $20 is too small (unless the tickets are $1 a sheet).
What does everyone think is a good ticket price/prize value? $5 a sheet for $50 value prizes?

Anonymous said...

The extra tickets were only $2 for the small prizes and the gifts were $10-25 value I would say. Everyone has different opinions.

I would go back.

Anonymous said...

I WENT TO ORTLEY BEACH ST ELISABETHS WASN'T VERY HAPPY. THEY WERE VERY NICE AND DID FOLLOW RULES NO BENT TICKETS ETC. SMALL SHEET WERE $2 EACH SOME PRIZES WERE $5 OR LESS .. THEY COULD HAVE COMBINED SOME. ALSO YES NO GREAT GRAND PRIZES BUT MAYBE FOR A SMALL COMMUNITY IT WAS GREAT TO THEM. MONEY WAS FOR A GOOD CAUSE BUT I WOULDN'T TAKE THE TRIP AGAIN. THEY PUT TOO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE SMALL AREA. WE COULDN'T EVEN MOVE OUR CHAIRS.

Anonymous said...

Mr.TT and anyone who does know...I am new here and was curious about the rules about kids attending tricky trays. You may have mentioned this before but I don't think I have the time to read all the blog threads. I have been to a few tricky trays where kids were putting in tickets and holding tickets during the calling of the trays. I was wondering what rules there were about this. Personally, if anyone out there is putting together a tricky tray-I think that having kids there is not usually desirable for many attendees. The ones I went to had so many kids there that they were running all over the place, making so much noise I could not heat the calling. I don't go back to the places that are like that...

TrickyTrayCherry said...

Pennsylvania Avenue School 27 in Colonia NJ is planning its 2nd Tricky Tray Event for February 2007. We had a very successful Tricky Tray back in 2004 with a Rock Around the Clock 50's theme and this year's theme is The Wizard of Oz! Last time we held it at a local Knights of Columbus hall and only charged $7.00/ticket, and the hall could only hold 200 people. We quickly ran out of room with more than 300 prizes and certainly could have charged more money for the entrance fee. Our 4 grand prizes were a $300 Create Your Own SPA DAY - a $400 fishing trip (had to get something in there for the men) $275 worth of DVDs with DVD player and BlockBuster Gift Cards and a 3 day/2 night Carnival Cruise ($599.00 value).
We also had 20+ gift certificates to restaurants and services on a different level and many, many other great prizes, like Waterford Toasting Goblets, a Nintendo Game Cube, a Grill, a Patio Set and a lawn mower!
Our 2007 event promises to be bigger and better. Stay tuned for more details to Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our 2007 Tricky Tray!

TrickyTrayCherry said...

Pennsylvania Avenue School 27 in Colonia NJ is planning its 2nd Tricky Tray Event for February 2007. We had a very successful Tricky Tray back in 2004 with a Rock Around the Clock 50's theme and this year's theme is The Wizard of Oz! Last time we held it at a local Knights of Columbus hall and only charged $7.00/ticket, and the hall could only hold 200 people. We quickly ran out of room with more than 300 prizes and certainly could have charged more money for the entrance fee. Our 4 grand prizes were a $300 Create Your Own SPA DAY - a $400 fishing trip (had to get something in there for the men) $275 worth of DVDs with DVD player and BlockBuster Gift Cards and a 3 day/2 night Carnival Cruise ($599.00 value).
We also had 20+ gift certificates to restaurants and services on a different level and many, many other great prizes, like Waterford Toasting Goblets, a Nintendo Game Cube, a Grill, a Patio Set and a lawn mower!
Our 2007 event promises to be bigger and better. Stay tuned for more details to Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our 2007 Tricky Tray!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know anything about the August 4 Birchwood Lake Tricky Tray? I'm thinking of going, but wanted some more info. Sent an email to the address listed in the trickytray.com ad, but haven't gotten a response.

Alison Earnest said...

I am the chairperson for the Church of the Assumption Tricky Tray on September 29 (all details are posted on trickytray.com). I just wanted to let everyone know that it is going to be a wonderful event and tickets are selling quickly. I have spoken to some people from Trickytray.com who are thinking of waiting to get tickets and I told them not to. If you are interested in coming, please let me know becuase I don't want to turn people away and it looks like I may have to pretty soon. There are still tickets, so please email me at alisonearnest@hotmail.com if you are interested or with any questions.
Hope to see you all there!

TinaBlue said...

Oh wow! I went to School 27's Tricky Tray that year..it was the best one I have ever been to! The prizes were fantastic and the 50's theme was fun! I am so glad you guys are doing another one. Please post all of the details when you have them all.
For all of you "serious tricky trayers" this is THE ONE to go to in NJ!

ttjunkie said...

Nice to see the calendar filling up for the fall! Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Hello All: Our organization is hosting our First Tricky Tray in the fall. I was hoping to get some feedback on the following issue from some experienced tricky-trayers: Instead of bringing the prize/basket to the winner right after the winning ticket is announced, our committee is considering having the winner sign a "receipt" and then, at the end of the tricky tray, the winner would collect their prize when they present their "receipt." I think this may be too chaotic at the end of the raffle, with everyone trying to collect their prizes all at once; and it takes away from the fun of winning (and oohing and aahing at your basket). Please provide some "friendly" advice on this. Does any other organization do this and is it successful? Do you like the idea, or do you just want to get out there when the raffle is over, instead of "redeeming" your receipts for your prizes. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance. We'll be posting our Event on the site as soon as we can (save the date, November 10, 2006)!!!!

Anonymous said...

In response to your question regarding the receipt -- personally I hate the idea and if I knew about it ahead of time I would pass on that event, if I found out that night, I wouldn't go back the following year -- at the end of the night when all tickets are pulled, all I want to do is get in my car and go home -- I don't want to be standing around for another hour or more while someone checks again to see if I won and get my prize. Just my 2 cents

Anonymous said...

I agree - I want the prize when my number is called. Picking up the large prizes (bikes, grills, patio sets) at the end is the norm, but for the regular baskets - we want instant gratification!

winip00h said...

Did anyone out there go to the Pat Abrams Scholarship Tricky Tray at Wallenpaupack High School? This had to be the best one I've ever been to. They had 550 ++ prizes and none were less then 20.00, but went as high as 500.00. They were very organized and priced right. For the first ever tricky tray they really new what they were doing. I went home with great prizes and would sure go back next year.

Anonymous said...

we are having a tt on Sept 9 at Roxbury high school, what does everyone think of having a $1 scratch off ticket included with your door prize?

Anonymous said...

Not sure if that is legal. You might want to check the New Jersey Games of Legalized Chance Control Commission rules before you advertise/offer that.

Anonymous said...

thanks it was just idea, always looking for something different.

Carey said...

WHAT'S IN YOUR TRICKY TRAY BAG ?

Thought it would be interesting to see what others considered a staple to bring to a tt and what it is used for!!

Anonymous said...

I bring tape, a fold up nylon bag to carry home my winnings, a small battery fan (incase its hot!) a pen for writing tt info from others. I'm going to Lakeland"s tt on Sept. 9th, noticed it was a 3rd. runner up last year in the voting, hope it's good I really need to go to a GOOD one. The summer is just so long without one in my area.

Anonymous said...

In my bag I bring staples, scotch tape, large and small baggies for the tickets. And of course my light up spinning thing from Great Adventure. The baggies are important so you cut your tickets ahead of time. It's not fair to others to stand there and rip tickets and look at prizes too.

ilovetrickytrays said...

To the person who is having their first tricky tray on November 10th, I don't like the idea of signing a receipt at all. Many people don't even stay til the end. Sometimes they leave before the grand prizes are announced or before the 50/50 is announced because they didn't entered it and want to get home. I personally like receiving my basket after my number is called. Half the time I don't even remember what was in the basket and it's part of the fun to be handed the basket and peek inside. Plus, I think it'll be mass confusion at the end of the night when everyone has to claim their prizes. People will get home so much later than necessary, and usually by the end of the night, everyone just wants to get out of there. As someone else said, usually this is only done with the very large prizes, such as bikes, t.v.s, etc. I don't think I would attend a tricky tray if I knew beforehand that this is the way it was going to be done, and let me tell you, I rarely pass on a tricky tray!

Anonymous said...

THEY DID THAT ONE YEAR AT A TT I ATTENDED AND SOMEONE TOOK OTHER PEOPLES PRIZES AT THE END. THE SCHOOL HAD TO MAKE GOOD FOR THE PRIZES ONE. REALLY TOO CONFUSSING

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for your very helpful comments on the "receipt" issue! We decided not to do it, for all the reasons you all have mentioned. That's why I come back to this blog...to get the tips from the experts! Thanks again!

Larissa said...

Hi again,

I've been "mostly" approved to do a tricky tray for my community theater, but a question came up - for those of you who've done it for nonprofits. Because it's a form of gambling/raffle, what sort of permit is required, how much does it cost, and from whom is it acquired?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

If you're in NJ you need to contact the "Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission" (973-273-8000) or on the web at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/lgccc.htm
You need to be qualified by the state and then you need to get a license in your town.

Anonymous said...

If you're in NJ you need to contact the "Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission" (973-273-8000) or on the web at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/lgccc.htm
You need to be qualified by the state and then you need to get a license in your town.

Larissa said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Looking for opinions on preferred traffic patterns for center tables

what works what doesn't...

seems the standard is one continuous conga line around several tables lined up down the center of the room.

We normally have table around the perimeter and then the center table running down the center...last year we had a tough time keeping people moving- made it tough to nmeet the 8:00 calling deadline.
Looking for better traffic options Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem to matter how the tables are set up!

Here are a couple of my thoughts-

I think if there are numbers on the prizes, people tend to go in order.

If the prizes are too close together on the tables, it takes longer.

Encourage people to rip their tickets prior to getting in line. I tend to do a quick scan of the prizes to see how many tickets I should buy and then head to my seat and start ripping before I start putting my tickets in.

Having a prize list is nice, but when people refer to it as they are seeing the prizes, it can make the line sluggish.

But, my biggest pet peeve are the people who pick up the baskets and critically look at every item in there. That really holds up the line! If one thing in the basket catches your eye, put in a ticket and move on. So what if you end up with something you don't want/need - just donate it.

Anonymous said...

thanks great feedback. all our gifts/baskets are open so thankfully we did not have that problem but I will definitly look into the pre-tear and spacing options.
Any other ORGANIZATIONAL suggestions are welcome!

ttjunkie said...

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Swartswood did a nice job. The prices were reasonable and the prizes were nice (I think they were better than last year). I came home a winner and would go again.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone gone to the Lakeland Animal Haven tt,I see it's coming up on the 10th. I would love to go to a tt but don't want to waste time at a bad one.

Anonymous said...

Lakelands tt is the 9th, oops! so excited to go to one soon, any info would be great.

maroulr said...

I thought the TT at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Swartswood was way too crowded. There were large groups of people sitting on the floor and people standing. I can understand these places need the money but at a point you have to turn people away. There is no need to have these places this crowded. Thank god there was no fire. I don't think that was the best TT to start off the new season. In case you think I'm writing this because I didn't win your wrong. I did win but sometimes peoples safety is more important. It was nice to see a lot of regular TT'ers there.

ttjunkie said...

Yes, Mt. Carmel had a good crowd, but I wouldn't say it was overcrowded. In fact I had an empty seat next to me. If the seats had been arranged differently, they could have fit more people - having the 50/50 at it's own table took up valuable floor space. Most tt's have the 50/50 people roaming the floor.

Anonymous said...

GREAT DID YOU SEE CORPUS CHRISTI IS HAVING THEIR TRICKY TRAY NOVEMBER 11TH. NOT AT THE SCHOOL?? MAYBE MORE ROOM. GREAT ONE TO GO TOO. AWESOME PRIZES TWO YEARS IN A ROW. REALLY ORGANIZED. I WON A FEW GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. EVEN HAD GREAT GOODY BAGS MY KIDS HAD A BALL LOOKING THRU ALL THE STUFF?? CAN'T WAIT FOR TICKETS TO BE ON SALE

ttjunkie said...

Any info on the upcoming Lakeland Animal Haven Tricky Tray? It got a lot of votes last year. Who has been in the past - what made it so good? Am thinking of going, but went last year to the top rated tt from the year before and was very disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I WENT LAST YEAR IT WAS VERY GOOD, GREAT PRIZES, THE CALLER WAS REALLY GOOD, REASONABLY PRICED, I'M GOING AGAIN ON SAT.

Anonymous said...

I'M ALSO GOING, CHECK LISTING YOU CAN GET PRE SALE TICKETS 6/$20 THATS PRETTY GOOD, CAN'T WAIT TO START THE TT SEASON AGAIN !!!!

TrickyTray2K said...

Swartswood was a fun tricky tray. They had good white chocolate chip cookies. It was a bit crowded though. Not a big deal - I guess we have to get there earlier. The baskets were creatively done and pretty nice.

WoRD!

maroulr said...

I went to the LAKELAND ANIMAL HAVEN
TT at ROXBURY HIGH SCHOOL tonight. It was really nice. The prizes were great and they called #'s quickly. You can tell this wasn't there first one for sure. GREAT JOB!!!

Anonymous said...

I, too, liked the prizes at Lakeland Animal Haven. It would have been better if the caller didn't look into the bucket as she was pulling - especially since there were different ticket colors. Maybe if you were in the back you couldn't see, but we saw her do it more than once.

Anonymous said...

We were sitting next to the caller and I think she was looking in the bucket because the tickets were sticking together and she was trying to only grab one. I think she was doing a great job. At least she stired them up well. Prizes were great and we will come back next year.

Anonymous said...

I am the chairperson for COSAC's, the NJ Center of Outreach Services for Autism Community's first TT. I had a difficult finding public school space near Parsippany area, so we are going with the Birchwood Manor. $40 includ. 2 sheets of tickets. What can I do to make this more appealing, I see many do not like dinner. I am nervous for our first event I won't get attendees. Great prizes, $35-70, $125-175, airline tickets etc. What are your thoughts on ticket prices etc.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

The Lakewood Animal one was good. The caller was fast. There were a lot of people so your odds weren't as good. Just a few more bigger prizes and they'd have been great. And of course the cost of tickets could have been a little less. $5 a sheet 5 for $20 on the small table is a little high. The prizes were Ok but not great for that price.

Anonymous said...

I attended Lakeland Animal TT and thought the prizes were great and the cost of tickets were just fine. I have been to others that cost so much more and gifts were not good. I think they did a great job.

Anonymous said...

COSAC Tricky Tray, I personally do not go to dinners that cost $40. To make it more inticing I think would be to have a pre-sale offer of "ticket packages" which include tickets to ALL levels at a discounted price before the event. This would also prevent long lines to purchase tickets. Another thing would be to increase the admission price to around $50 or $60 and include a "ticket package" with ALL levels of tickets. Still another throught would be to keep the admission at $40 and give everyone a good take home bag. As a first tricky tray you don't want people to leave with a bad taste where they wouldn't want to return for the next event you run.

Anonymous said...

I also probably will not attend the COSAC event even though it is for an EXCELLENT cause. Dinner just turns me off and it's hard to get a group together who want to go to a dinner. Even if you couldn't find a school, etc, did you consider a VFW, Elks, church hall or something like that where you could hold it and charge a more nominal admission (5 or 10 dollars) and just have light refreshments? And are you totally committed to the Parsippany area?
Whatever you do, keep the tickets for the small prizes at $5 a sheet or less.

Anonymous said...

I attended Lakeland's TT for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised. It was very good and very well organized. Caller was loud, clear and fast. With over 200 trays, we were out of there by 9:30. (that was nice!) Prizes were decent, although the "big" ones could've been a little better, but were OK. They had their complimentary baked goods "mixed & pre-packed" in baggies which I didn't care for. I like to choose my own. Other than that, this was a good event and I will definitely attend again next year. Do it for the animals!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought the Laneland Animal tricky tray was really good. I thought they had great prizes all around. We had fun. Good caller, prices were reasonable. I will go again next year.

Anonymous said...

SAVE THE DATE - May 4, 2007 - the SGT. RYAN E. DOLTZ MEMORIAL FDN. will have their Tricky Tray. This was an EXCELLENT TT last year: great prizes, fast calling, fair/reasonable ticket prices, fun/generous snacks. More info later, but this one shouldn't be missed!

Anonymous said...

The tricky tray for lakeland was great. Prizes were good the small table had over 200 prizes and baskets were full. Gas card was a great idea.

Anonymous said...

The only problem I found with the lakeland tricky tray is that I did not win the big snowman they had. But it was a great tricky tray. Caller was spoke clearly and got us out early. Prices were very reasonable.

Anonymous said...

I am the Chairperson for the Unity Spiritual Center's 2nd Annual Tricky Tray coming up in Asbury, NJ (out west on Route 78, not down the shore!) on Sept. 23rd. We have over 150 great prizes again this year, all valued between $25 and $2000! We have some unique prizes such as massages, reiki, chiropractic and acupuncture as well as many popular gifts and gift certificates. We will NOT PULL BENT TICKETS and we have added seating so that more can stay and enjoy the calling of winners. You do not have to be present to win, however, if you prefer to drop your tickets during the day and wait for our call. THANK YOU for your support!!

Anonymous said...

I went to Lakelands tricky tray I thought it was great. they had a veggie platter with cheeses and a fruit platter and cheeses as one of their first prizes, what a great idea! nice items to snack on while waiting for your number to be called! I think $5 a sheet is more than fair for regular baskets,$150 gas card was a great prize, unfortunately I didn't win it, but will go again next year! great job!

Alison Earnest said...

Just another reminder that the Church of the Assumption Tricky Tray Dinner is quickly approaching! In addition to the prizes listed on trickytray.com, we also have items including an autographed Yogi Berra baseball, autographed NJ Devils Hockey Puck, rounds and foursomes of golf, and lots of other great prizes! I am "tricky-trayer" myself and can assure you that this event is well worth it. All that attend get a full sit down dinner with dessert and a gift bag. We still have some tickets available, so email Alisonearnest@hotmail.com if you are interested.
Remeber, buy a table of 10 and receive extra tickets as well as early admission! Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

Glad I went to Lakeland every year it gets better and better keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know anything about the upcoming Autism tricky tray in Manville on Saturday?

maroulr said...

I went to the St. Mark's RC Church
TT in Rahway. I should have stayed home. The number of people to the small amount of prizes they had were just off. The stated they would clearly start at 7:30 and end at 10. Please don't make that as part of your speech for your TT if you can't stick to it. It didn't start ontime and I got in my car at 10:30. During this TT there was a older lady who was insisting they had called her number and never gave her anything. So for at least 30 minutes we got to watch her walk around the room and chase down workers. I'm not sure if she was right or wrong but it was not handled in the best way. They were trying to make it so fast I don't think they were really checking too many #'s. They weren't saving the bunch. It was call a number, if you raised your hand they dumped them.

Just thought I would share. I didn't see any normal TT.com people. I should have known it was going to be like that with you all not there.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Robert's Wings Tricky tray for Autism in Manville over the weekend. Didn't see many of you "regulars" there. The prizes were nice, but it was rather expensive - they didn't do sheets of tickets, but rather individual tickets. There were about 125 prizes spread over 3 categories. They were $2, $3, and $5 a ticket. There was a package ($50) and also breaks if you bought a lot - but overall a very expensive event even though it went to a good cause.

trickytraycherry said...

Hi all - Just wanted to let you know that the tickets for the February 24, 2007 Pennsylvania Avenue School 27 Over the Rainbow Tricky Tray are NOW ON SALE! We are only selling 300 and anticipate selling out. There is no limit to the number you can purchase and we will not be selling any at the door. See out post or email me for more details. TrickyTrayCherry@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Robert's Wings tricky tray was rather expensive. Was disaapointed that the low end prizes weren't a sheet for $3. It was $3 a ticket. Like the previous person said they did have a deal for $50. Didn't get many tickets. Overall they did listen to advice. Started slow and they weren't dumping the tickets. But they changed after our suggestion. Some good prizes. Would go next year if they change the prices a little.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Attention New Jersey Tricky Tray Organizers!

Is Your Tricky Tray Event in Compliance with the State of NJ??

"He's checking the list,
He's checking it twice,
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice"


You get the picture!!
Make sure you have the proper licenses and permits for state amd local minicipality.

Get More info below:


http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/lgccc.htm

or call 973-273-8000

Alison Earnest said...

I was at my committee meeting tonight and somebody had an idea and I wanted feedback on it. They said that at the Tricky Trays they go to, after the first set of baskets are called, people are given a chance to buy tickets again for the other baskets. They said for 15 - 20 minutes, you sell tickets again. I have been to many, many tricky trays and have organized many also. I have never heard of this practice. If this is done and I am missing something, please let me know. Also, if it isn't done and I am right in not wanting to do it, please let me know that also. Any feedback is helpful. Thanks.

Alison Earnest said...

Also, I wanted to say that it has come to my attention that there is a rumor going around that the Church of the Assumption/St. Mary's Tricky Tray Dinner on the 29th will have over 500 attendees. Let me assure everyone that this is completely untrue. The Wyndham only seats 240 and we still have tickets available. None will be sold at the door. I wanted to debunk this rumor in case it is keeping people away. If you know anyone who has heard this, please spread the word that it is not true.

ttjunkie said...

I personally don't like the breaks! I would bet the organization makes more money, though. If you haven't won any of the early prizes, you may spend more money at the break to increase your chances. I have been at some where the sales for the specials and super specials continue throughout the evening. That to me is preferred over a break because the break always takes longer than the 15 minutes that is planned!

Anonymous said...

I also do not think breaks are necessary. They are given enough time to buy what they want in the begining.

Anonymous said...

No breaks please! It takes long enough to call all those numbers...however...making announcements "during" the calling that tickets are still available for the next prize levels is absolutely great! I personally have gotten up and purchased more higher level tickets as the lower level tickets were being called. I just have my friends watch my numbers for me.

ttjunkie said...

Looks like the weekend of September 29/30 is a busy one! Any suggestions?

Alison Earnest said...

Of course, I suggest you attend the one for Church of the Assumption. We have some great prizes, including excellent specials and a super grand prize! You would also get a full dinner and gift bag, so no one leaves empty handed!

Alison Earnest said...

Thanks for all the feedback. I agree and now at least I can tell everyone that I researched the question.

ttjunkie said...

Sorry - I don't go to dinners. What are the prices for the prize tickets?

Alison Earnest said...

Sorry, but the event is a dinner. We aren't selling admission tickets without it. Hope you have a good time...I think St. Mary's in Denville is supposed to be good. You might want to check that out.

Larissa said...

Well, we've been approved & are pretty much set to go! Bergen County Players will host its first ever tricky tray on 5/31/07 at the Cotillion in Garfield. Included with the $25 entrance fee will be a 4-course family style dinner & one sheet of small tickets. We're working on & anticipating hundreds of baskets & gift certificates, including some very interesting grand prizes, with no basket value under $20 or $25. Attendance will be limited to about 300 people, so I'll post as soon as tickets go on sale!

Anonymous said...

Anyone go to the TT in Oldbridge on Friday night? I don't want to write what I really thought of it because I know it will start a uproar on this board. Let me just say people who are working and running the show might not want to be drinking as much as they were during this event. Other then that the place was VERY overcrowded and you could not even move your chair. Next time think about having it somewhere larger. The prizes were nice and they have some great donations. Food was good and the kitchen people were really working hard.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Old Bridge one but when I got there they said they were sold out. If they were sold out they should have posted it on Trickytray.com. They said they didn't know they were sold out until then. What a crock!

Anonymous said...

I need someone to explain to me the rules about children at TT's. Are they allowed to play? My understanding that kids can't participate because it's gambling. Went to Church of The Saviour last night and there were so many kids there and they were all playing. I could be wrong but I would like to know for sure if it's allowed. If it's not allowed how do all of these TT's get away with it.

If you put your kid on a slot machine in AC you will DYFS at your door faster then you could answer it.

Hint for the people running the TT over there. if your going to charge that much to get in or for extras at least have more prizes.

Anonymous said...

Children cannot purchase tickets or call the numbers. They are permitted to put tickets in the buckets. They can run the prizes except if it's alcohol or tobacco products then an adult must give the prize to the winner. You can find all the rules on the LGCCC website.

Anonymous said...

The LGCCC (Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission) does allow children to attend and play at a Tricky Tray. Even though we may look at it as "gambling", it is considered a "merchandise raffle". As long as they are playing for merchandise, children are allowed. However, they cannot win money, as in a 50/50. Only adults over 18 can purchase 50/50 tickets.

The reason we see children at SOME Tricky Trays is because that organization is allowing them into their event. Other organizations may decide to have an event for OVER 18 only....a wise choice, in my opinion. To allow or not allow children is up to the organizers.

Another thing, while I'm at it, is that alcohol of any kind and lottery tickets are NOT allowed to be used as prizes. Even though they are some of the biggest money makers at a Tricky Tray, the LGCCC bans them. If a representative of the LGCCC decides to make a surprise visit on the night of a TT, those items will be pulled from the prize lineup. I have actually seen that happen at a "Casino Night" event.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot....

Children under 18 are also not allowed to be runners.

Anonymous said...

I could not find that website for the specific rules. Can someone post the specific website?

Anonymous said...

Hey I have a question how do you find the rules for PA Tricky Trays?

Anonymous said...

Here is the link for the LGCCC guidelines. Very long and confusing tho. Use the table of contents to help you.

www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/lgccc/lgccc.pdf

Unfortunately, the State of NJ does not have a rule book made specifically for Tricky Trays (they call them "Penny Auctions"). Rules for "RAFFLES" are used as a guide. I've always called my contact person at the LGCCC whenever I have a question. A lot of the information she supplies me with is not written down anywhere, but rather loosely applied to Tricky Trays. She tells me that they don't have the time or manpower to focus on TT's, but eventually need to since these events are now so popular. Casino Nights seem to be their focus lately as far as rules go.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Old Bridge tricky tray Friday. The prizes were good on the larger tables. The small table weren't that great but they only charged a $1 for a sheet, so one can't complain. It was a little crowed and they should have posted that it was sold out on the site. Called and they said they were sold out. So how didn't they know???

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH THE FRIDAY NIGHT TT FOR POP WARNER AND CHEERLEADERS. TOO CROWDED, THE CALLER ALWAYS HAD A BEER IN HER HAND? WHAT WAS WITH THE DRINKING?? ALSO WHEN I CALLED PRIOR AND ASKED WHAT PRIZES SHE MENTIONED GREAT ADVENTURE TICKETS AND I SAW NONE THEIR??

WattleYaHave said...

went to the Warren Cheerleader TT in BLairstown...Pretty good prices but I would never spend 10 on one ticket even if it is the disney hopper passes...

Anonymous said...

Agreed on the North Warren TT - really good prices. Tickets were brutal to rip though. Nice to have the free refreshments also. We're planning on going to their next one in two weeks

Anonymous said...

SAVE THE DATE - May 4, 2007 - the SGT. RYAN E. DOLTZ MEMORIAL FDN. will have their Tricky Tray. This was an EXCELLENT TT last year: great prizes, fast calling, fair/reasonable ticket prices, fun/generous snacks. More info later, but this one shouldn't be missed!

TinaD. said...

How do I get tickets to the Penn School in Colonia tricky tray? Please let me know.

TinaD. said...

How do I get tickets to the Penn School in Colonia tricky tray? Please let me know.

Anonymous said...

Are you looking for the Pennsylvania Avenue School? Go to trickytray.com and look at the 2007 events. There is an email address there.

Anonymous said...

Suggestions for events to go to September 29/30? Looking for something with nice prizes, but not overly expensive.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone go to the tt at the Unity Center in Asbury, NJ? I was there only in the a.m. They were very nice. I was impressed with the setup. What did you think of the prizes and pricing of tickets? Was it very crowded? I didn't win anything. They notify anyone who won by phone, if they couldn't be there.

Anonymous said...

LOVED the TT at Unity in Asbury!! People couldn't be nicer, great prizes and no admission. Tickets priced very reasonable. Good food too! I will go next year. PS I did win 4 baskets!!

Anonymous said...

need help with first tricky tray. i need suggestions on how to get donations of items. please email me at gmb729@aol.com thanks

Anonymous said...

Check out the Blog archives for past suggestions. Many of the comments repeat over time. New people discover tt's and ask the same basic questions. From the very beginning everyone detests any events that award prizes to people who bend tickets or charge way too much for tickets. And of course, many suggestions have been made about how to set up the best events.

WattleYaHave said...

sometimes it can be hard to get donations for one thing from different local companies...one way to get those donations is to print out a leaflet at the tricky tray itself advertising (FREE OF CHARGE) for the donated items-tit for tat if you will. that is just one idea-outside of the people in your organization donating. I know when my mother got her cat from the place she did, they send out flyers to their homes and ask for donations-they got over 300 prizes for that tricky tray and they were all very high quality-I even donated a super special to the cause (im a big animal lover). I know one school I went to made it a requirement that all children's parents donate at least a regular tray-more if they wanted. I dont suggest you do that but it was just something to mention of interest (personally I think that is a little extreme) good luck and make sure u post it here so we can go!!

Anonymous said...

the tt is posted dec.16th just need to get more items people keep giving certificates instead of merchandize thanks to all who can give good advise to help

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions on which Tricky Tray I should go to on Saturday? I don't mind driving I just want to make sure I get in sometimes you go them and you find out there sold out and never posted it.

Anonymous said...

Anyone notice that Corpus Christi School TT is back in the Cafeteria on November 11th?

Anonymous said...

Hey need help... Last year I went to a TT but can't remember which school it was. They had all the small prizes outside and they were under a tent with heaters. Please tell me which one that is. All the big prizes were inside on the stage area. Thanks bunches!

Anonymous said...

I went to Church of the Assumption/St. Marys in Mt. Olive last night. They said it was their first one, which I didnt know before hand. Im glad I did not know that because I traveled from N. Jersey and probably wouldn't have if I knew it was the first one. Well Im really glad I went. First off, I must admit I am one the the critcal ones when it comes to comments on this blog and I am happy to say I have nothing negative to say. They did a SUPER JOB!!! The callers were fast and good. The prices were good. The prizes were very very nice. The people running it were extremely nice, all of them! They did such a good job that I will go next time and bring alot of my friends. This one was outstanding for a first time out!

Anonymous said...

"Hail Mary Full of Grace"...Yes a great tricky tray by Church of the Assumption/St. Marys in Mt. Olive. Can't wait till next year

Anonymous said...

I went to the Hillsborough Woman's Club tt on Friday. I thought it would be really expensive since the sheets of tickets were $8 (prizes under $50) and $12 (prizes over $50). It turned out not to be super expensive since there were only 80 prizes in each level. The price tags were on the prize I won and it was about $150! Nice prizes and good snacks.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Netcong Fire Company on Saturday night. Nice prizes good prices and those men called fast made everything go quickly. They did a great job!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey today I went to the TT in Helmetta for the Friends of John Droppa. Let me tell you it was AWESOME. I go to at least 2 TT's a week and this one was one of the best ones I have seen yet. There were over 500 prizes tickets were very reasonable. I won 8 prizes and there were so many prizes to go around I don't think anyone left empty handed. Really was a great cause and I'm glad they had a nice size crowd.

Anonymous said...

The Helmetta for Friends of John Droppa was indeed a good one. Lots and lots of prizes. Prices were fair. Because there were so many prizes I was there from 2:00 - 8:00!
Good job ladies.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick observation about the Friends of John Droppa TT Sun. @ Holy Trinity Parish Center Helmetta.
One of the Friends of John Droppa am here to say that I was blown away by the turnout for John.
I was also impressed that John dragged himself out (ir-regardless of his health)and drew the winning tickets. He also stayed and personally thanked "all the friends" and even the "kitchen kids" as well as the "gift runners" (future postal workers?) The saying is true, "Good things come back to Good People" A good time was had by all!

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions for October 6/7? I was thinking about the Hopatcong Warriors on Saturday. Does anyone know anything about it?

trickytraycherry said...

To reply to a post a few posts back...our Pennsylvania Ave School 27 in Colonia Tricky Tray tickets are on sale NOW! We are also pre-selling val packs. Please email me for tickets or mor information. Thanks. TrickyTrayCherry@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Yes, I can suggest a great Tricky Tray for you to attend on Friday, October 6th. It is the Pet Adoption League's T. Tray to be held at Minebrook Golf Club, Hackettstown on Schooley's Mountain Road. Lots of great prizes, you can reserve tickets in advance by checking out www.palpets.org or emailing trickytray@palpets.org - advance tickets are $10.00 for 4 sheets, doors open at 6 p.m. for advance and 3 sheets for $10.00, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for non-advance. This is going to be a great event.

Cherry said...

OCTOBER 13 - Anyone going to the St John Vianney (Colonia) TT In Clark? We have a whole table of 10 but I'd love to meet some of you gals!
trickytraycherry

Anonymous said...

Cherry,
I didn't see St. John Vianney on trickytray.com. Do you have any details?

Anonymous said...

The Pet Adoption League Tricky Tray in Hackettstown just gets better and better each year. I think they used to have it at the Legion hall, but this year moved it to the golf club in town. More people, more fun, great prizes. Lots of people must know this one because they were lined up. This is one of the best TTs for prizes based on fair prices. Keep up the great work!! I'll be back next year for sure!

cherry said...

Sorry, I just found out SJV was sold out! They didnt even post on here. 400 tickets sold out in a week.

Cherry said...

So tell me...are you gals all local? Middlesex County area?

maroulr said...

I am Monmouth county. I probebly already know you if I see you. Did you go to the one in Howell tonight? It was really nice won lots of stuff and this cause is such a great one!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm in Union county, but mostly go to events in Morris county - I think they're the best!

Anonymous said...

I am from Middlesex County. Anyone going to the CARD PARTY at Immaculate Conception Nov 3? It is always sold out so get your tickets early. I still have my connections to get a table.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know about a Card party tell me more... maroulr@comcast.net Thanks

Cherry said...

No, I will go to SJV on Friday night, then maybe 2 in November. My son plays travel baseball so my weekends are CRAZY! Once November is over I will try and get to one - two a month until ours in February.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Middlesex County and we have some good tricky trays. I've gone up North and West to PA & I still think that the ones in Central Jersey are the best.

WattleYaHave said...

i went to the pet adoption league TT and the prizes were awesome and i cant complain much since i won 3 prizes but for anyone that may run it...do us a favor and get a lidded ticket scrambler....stirring up was just annoying people. thanks and keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

The Pet Adoption League Tricky Tray was great. Gets better and better every year. Just one comment, the facility needs to be a little larger, perhaps the high school. It was so crowded you couldn't move, and I think they turned people away.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please share with me where you get your entrance ticket sheets from at a good price? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions for this coming weekend? I'm willing to travel! Looking for a reasonable number of prizes for the number of people and decent prizes and prices.

ttjunkie said...

I went to the Hopatcong Warriors Tricky Tray on 10/7. The prizes and prices were pretty good. And, it wasn't too crowded, so that gave us all a better chance. They could have moved along a little quicker though if there weren't so many door prizes (that was way too long to sit in bleachers!). The door prizes could have been grouped togehter and they could have made a few more baskets with them. Were any of you other trickytray.com people there?

Anonymous said...

For those oraganizations who list websites on their trickytray.com postings, it would be much better if you have a link on your website giving additional information about your tricky tray. I click on some and find that the websites have nothing or are very out of date. And, if you give an email address, it would be great if the person who monitors that email address would respond. Several times I have sent an email and not gotten a response.

Anonymous said...

I am planning a tricky tray and was wondering is it best to have in on a Friday night or is Saturday nights okay?

Anonymous said...

If it's near me, I'll go to a Friday night event, but because of traffic it's a lot easier to get to the further ones on a Saturday. But, that being said, I'll go any day of the week! Just don't make me pay $40 for dinner. That's $40 less I'll spend on tickets which goes directly to your charity, not the catering hall!

Anonymous said...

You can purchase tickets at www.auctiontix.com - their prices are good. Just make sure you order all your tickets from them because we had some left over from last year and they were a little different. I would order from them again - the stores mark up the prices considerably.

Anonymous said...

Make sure you get the right website - I tried the one you listed and it's not the one - go to www.auction-tix.com (note the dash!)

Anonymous said...

Just have to get this one off my chest...I just went to a TT on Friday night. The caller was making me crazy. He did something that I think would upset most of us. He looked in the container almost every time he pulled a ticket. Some of the tickets had significantly larger print than all the other numbers. When he looked in the container, he ALWAYS pulled a large print number. When he was distracted, he would pull something else. Needless to say, a heck of a lot of the large ones got pulled. I didn't say anything; but I've been to other TTs where this happened and people have pointed out that you can't look when you pull tickets. You subconsciously pick out a number or a color that appeals to you. Like I said, just wanted to blow off a bit of steam about that and to alert future callers to keep their peepers to the side when pulling. Happy Tricky Traying!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the auction-tix.com website, I did it from memory - should have known better.

Cherry said...

I have a question for you seasoned tricky trayers. Our tricky tray theme this year is Over the Rainbow and we have a 6 piece Lenox Wizard of Oz collection as a special prize. They are about 10inch figurines of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, TinMan, Glinda and WW of West. Beautifully done in Lenox. They hold a $850 value...what do you think would be a fair and reasonable price for tickets for this special prize?

Anonymous said...

In the past I've been to tricky trays that charge $10 per ticket only to see 2 tickets in the bucket. I would never spend that on one ticket, there wasn't even a discount for buying more then one ticket. What I would spend is the following, 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10, 10 tickets for $20. You will sell more tickets when people get a discount. They will almost every time spend the highest amount of $20. Isn't that better then having two tickets in the bucket?

Anonymous said...

On the Lenox Wizard of Oz item. You can go as high as $5 a ticket. Not everyone will want that item, so you might give them a break and do it 2 for $5. If it was a vacation get away you could easily charge $5 a ticket with a $850 value.

ttjunkie said...

There are so many tricky trays this weekend! Can't wait to hear from all of you about the good and the bad!

Anonymous said...

I went to the one at St. George Greek Orthodox Church last night. Let me find the nice things to say. People were nice, huge space, soda was $1. LOL Now on the other hand the regular prizes were only $2 a sheet but prizes were only worth that much. A potholder was a prize! A few items did look to be used. There were not enough prizes for the number of people there for sure. Then the higher price tickets were crazy compared to the value of the items. All bigger tables no matter on value were all the same prices just different colors. Just my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Went to the TT People for Animals GREAT!!! Not one bad hing to say about it... Everything was just done so nicely... Good Job

Anonymous said...

Did anyone get to go to the Camp Auxilium Tricky Tray last night? I missed it, but heard it is always pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I hate to do this, my first "report" back from a TT and it was, not so good :( St. John Vianney in Colonia held in Clark. Where to begin? Value Packs were $50.00 - very expensive. They had 400 people in a space that probably was meant for 300. $35 ticket was for a buffet and one sheet of tickets. So after you walked around for an hour putting your tickets in you had to then get on another line to get your dinner. The food was, sorry to say, not hot and then no one came around to take your plates.
Prizes were, ahh ok. 1st level was ok $5.00/sheet. Maybe 5 out of 120 that I really wanted ( including tickets to The View, Regis & Kelly ). Next, $2.00 per ticket for the dinner gift certificates - there were about 40 so I passed compeletly on that level. Next level, in a small, crowded back room, $10/sheet. Again, maybe 5 or 6 out of 60 that I wanted. Here is the kicker - 30 grand prizes and they were $3.00 per ticket! Also, didnt know how they had a Playstation next to a 2 month membership to Curves, next to digital camera. Seemed like about 8 of them should have been grand prizes. In the past, this TT has been one of my favorites. Not sure if it is because it was a buffet dinner, or because they didnt have enough "quality" of prizes, or 400 people and less than 275 prizes...but I most likely won't go to thiers again next year. On a positive note, the one 50/50 was $2000.00 to the winner and the other was about $800.00 to the winner.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Colonial Volunteer Fire Company tricky tray in Hamilton on Saturday. For the admission you got a sheet of tickets for the first level, a bottle of water and some snacks. There were way too many prizes! Over 300 in the first level (most of which were really not that good!), over 200 in the second level, 50 in the next level. Needless to say, it was a long night (5 hours from the time the first number was called till the last prize)! I would suggest that next time they bundle some of the prizes together to make bigger prizes.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous blogger...Colonial Fire Co. had way too many prizes on the lower end tables...over 500! (I didn't get home to Ocean County until after 1 AM.) Those items could have been bundled into baskets to make a nicer prize. The higher value prizes were good tho....a couple of nice overnight getaways, great value on diamond earrings, computer.... They have a huge hall and enough parking - great for a Tricky Tray crowd. I don't know if they do this every year, but I would go again.

Anonymous said...

I JUST MAILED FOR TICKETS TO CORPUS CHRISTI NOV 11TH THEY HAVE AN AWESOME TT. LADY SAID TICKETS ARE GOING FAST. THEY SOLD OUT LAST YEAR 3 WEEKS BEFORE?? AWESOME GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS AND MYSELF..

Anonymous said...

I agree CORPUS CHRISTI is a great one I already got my table of six. This way I know we have seats. This one is always packed but prizes are great if you win one.

Anonymous said...

Just bought 3 tickets last night at Corpus Christi Bingo. I heard they have 3 getaways, alot of gift certificates from skiing to dinner to shows. Alot of nice christmas presents and about 6 super grand prizes. And about 200 baskets. It will be great. Can't wait.

ilovetrickytrays said...

Did anyone attend the tricky tray on Saturday 10/14 for the Bonafides of Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge? I must say, my friend and I travelled quite a distant to attend this tricky tray and were quite disappointed. First of all, they charged admission. We brought our two daughters aged 10 (children welcome) and had to pay admission for them as well even though they did not participate! Admission was $5.00 but it did not even include one sheet of tickets. The place was cramped, the regular prizes were okay at best, and the grand prizes were lame. The only positive thing I can say is that the price of tickets once inside was reasonable. I understand it was for a good cause but I wish we would have picked a better one to support that night!

Anonymous said...

Didn't go to the Bonafides tricky tray this year, but have been in the past. I agree it's not one of the high end events, but generally the prizes are fine (and match the price of the tickets). As I recall, they don't solicit donations from businesses - all the prizes are donated by the members. It is nice that they allow kids - 10 year olds and up know how to behave and get so excited when they win!

ttjunkie said...

Does anyone know when Bernards High School will be having their tricky tray? They have really nice baskets! I remember it being sometime in the fall.

Anonymous said...

I was saddened to see that West Morris Central is not going to have a tricky tray this spring. They're doing an art auction instead. They cite a lack of volunteers and a downturn in the economy. That is one event that will truly be missed - they had fabulous prizes!

Anonymous said...

Hey...I went to the St. John's TT in Clark, too. My whole table and the people I talked to seem to agree with what was already posted. The worst part had to be the cold food, the long lines and the inferior quality of the prizes. A BIG disappointment from years past. My suggestion, go back to having it at school where you can bring your own food and plan more ahead so you have more/better prizes. I would have much rather preferred a sit down dinner with some waitress service too!

cherry said...

Our Tricky Tray in February is a sit down dinner and the prizes are coming in nicely and we have $$ allocated to purchase our top few prizes if we do not get them donated. Tickets sales have started, its very exciting! I love reading the posts here...you learn the Do's and Dont's of TT.
Hope to meet some of you gals at ours. Talk to you soon.

WattleYaHave said...

I wnt to the PAL's trickytray a few weeks ago and to mine hill's PTA tricky tray...both were great in almost all ways-fair pricing a helluva lot of trays and the pricing for the bigger prizes werent bad....i was wondering if anyone has gone to the tricky tray in budd lake for at the fire house...its for a church, and i was wondering if anyone here has gone to it...is it worth going? let me know!!

Anonymous said...

attended ramapo bergen tricky tray last night at brownstone, paterson NJ. wasn't impressed with the event at all. thought tickets were overpriced and prizes were truly lacking. baskets looked like they were thrown together in a matter of minutes. didn't look like any effort was made to make them look eye catching. m.c. was hard to understand, confused at points in the night and spoke very low. food was ok but certainly not worth $40 bucks for family style meal. our night was topped off by waiting close to 45 minutes to get my car. wound up having to walk to the rite aid around the corner at 11:00 to retrieve my own car. would not attend any future events.

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