Friday, June 08, 2007

About That Tricky Tray.. I Just Want To Say_Chapter 9 (Closed)

Use This Post To "Speak Your Mind" About A Tricky Tray or Anything Related To A Tricky Tray. Tell us about the Grand Prize You Just Won or How You Haven't Won A Thing 10 Tricky Trays Straight. Just Click On The comment link below and start typing away.

426 comments:

1 – 200 of 426   Newer›   Newest»
Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Hi Everyone!

Look like we have a few Tricky Trays in July to pull us through part of the summer. But August looks "dry". Not one posted..so if anyone hears of any, please send info to info@trickytray.com.

Back in "Chapter 8" there were 2 suggestions to me

1- An on-going calendar so you can check back on past tricky trays

2- Being able to put in zip code and get a list of events by mile radius.

All great ideas and things I have been contemplating.

I created this site because I love tricky trays..not to make a big profit from. But there is a ton of time that goes into it keeping it updated, research, correspondance.
However it would be nice if people supported the site by buying some of the shirts or clicking on the affiliates. Now I know there are a few of you out there that have & I thank you.

I get a very good commission from many of the affiliates, but to date for 2007, I have received only
$28.25. Years prior were even less.
It doesn't even cover hosting and domain registrations.

Over 3500 individual users visit the site each month multiple times.
If only 10% of those people clicked on an affiliate & made a purchase, It would be great. I do all the design work on site myself and have a pretty good knowledge many aspects, but some of these great ideas would require me hiring someone to implement with data base experience $$$$(they are above my knowledge at this time)

I don't expect people to click and buy something they do not need..but there are many affiliates to choose. Buy your Avon once or twice a year from a banner on the site rather then the "Avon Lady"...as an example.

Although the summer is a slow time for Tricky Trays, it is the busiest time for my regular career/work. So don't expect many changes anytime before October & even then I can't promise with the $$$ issue.

Don't think I am complaining, I just want people to know the reality of the situation.
Keep the suggestions and comments coming.

Enjoy the summer!

Yours Truly,
Mr. Tricky Tray

www.trickytray.com

ttjunkie said...

Anybody go to any tricky trays this weekend? Would like to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Just a little note from me. I am running the Ramapough Nation Tricky Tray. We have alot of nice prizes and are very cheap with our sheet prices. Also we only allow 300 people tops so that everyone has a good chance of winning. Right now I have sold about 150 tickets and would like to sell atleast 75 more before the Tricky Tray. If you have any questions you can email me or call me. This is a really good one if you want a chance to win . We have Oakley sun glasses,Patio set, golf bag, hair stuff,scratch offs and lots more.

Thanks,
Andrea

ttjunkie said...

Anybody out there??????

I'm going to Caldwell College on Friday? I haven't been before and would love to know what to expect. From the ad it looks like they have a lot of great things. Any comments from those of you who have gone before?

Anonymous said...

Caldwell College does sound good!

Anonymous said...

I run The Long Valley Fire Tricky Tray, that was on June 8th. Just wondering if anyone has some feedback. I think it went really well this year.

Anonymous said...

I went to Calwell College a few times. They have some nice prizes. Haven't gone in over 2 years though...

Anonymous said...

I wish i could say i went to the long valley TT-i had to work that night =(

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

TOO Late..... just was informed

Caldwell College
Tricky Tray
Is Sold Out !

Don't wait and miss out on next weeks

Ramapough
Lenape Indian Nation

&

The Friends of the
Dunellen Library

visit www.trickytray.com for details

PS. Thanks to individual that purchased at Fashion Bug affiliate.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Long Valley. Better prizes than last year and your prices are very reasonable. You could have made another specials table though with some of the items you had on your regular table. A $100 restaurant gift certificate and two tickets to Medieval Times should have been on a larger prize table. They're certainly worth more than the basket of beanie babies that were on the large specials table. The tickets were EXTREMELY hard to tear. I heard everyone complain about that. Last thing, and this has nothing to do with how you ran the TT...I don't mind kids at TTs and I've brought my own before BUT please parents, don't let them wear healies (the roller skating sneakers). One kid was coming around the corners so quickly, she almost ran into me several times and I was afraid she'd hit one of the older attendees. Some of the kids were running around from boredom as well and playing with a ball in the aisles.

All in all, a good Tricky Tray. I'll come again next year, especially with the new location.

Anonymous said...

Caldwell College wasnt its best this year..Last year they had way better prizes and it was more organized..The people calling the numbers almost put me to sleep and all of a sudden an alarm started going off and they didnt shut it till almost 5-10 minutes later..The tickets were also VERY HIGH in price..I came home a winner so I cant really complain too much..Last year was way better though... :(

Anonymous said...

It's going to be a long summer without any TT. If anyone hear's of any in the Sussex county area please email me.

It would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Rangle625@aol.com

ttjunkie said...

I enjoyed Caldwell College last night. It was my first time at that one. I would say the ticket prices were pretty much in line with the value of the prizes, but there were so many prizes, so that's how it got expensive. The prizes were all really good quality. We won some great stuff at my table! I will go back next year!
A couple of suggestions: start calling earlier (the first number wasn't pulled until 8:45 because of all the thank yous, etc. - start those before the official call time), forget about the sandwiches, balloons and favors (unless they are donated) and charge a lower admission price, and call the door prizes earlier in the night (maybe between the 1st and 2nd levels).

Anonymous said...

Did they thank Trickytray.com?

Anonymous said...

I also went to Caldwell College last night. I also think it got to be a lot of money because there were so many prizes if you wanted to be in it you needed more tickets. It was very crowded but not crazy. I would also do without the wraps and balloons and make it cheaper to get in. They also clearly stated on tt.com that it was suppose to start at 8. They decided to change that to 8:30 but never said that until 8:15. That in my book is a big TT no no. Even at that point they didn't start until 8:45. I did not get home until after midnight. It really started dragging along at the end. I did win and the prizes were great so can't complain about that part at all. My biggest problem with the event that really has nothing to do with the tricky tray itself is all the people drinking so much alcohol. They were not looking at there tickets and they were so loud. It made it even harder to hear the caller. A couple tables people were so intoxicated I hope they were not driving home. One of the tables was a bunch of the volunteers. I am going to leave that at that. I was almost tempted to call the local police and rat them out. It's a tricky tray not a night at the bar people.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with the poster above. I have been to many tricky trays and I thought Caldwell College was phenomenal . The tickets were incredibly inexpensive and the quality and quantity of the prozes were outstanding . I have never been to a tricky tray wilth 2 GPS', trips, broadway show , furniture, expensive jewelry, etc .
The last tricky tray that I attended had a whoppee cushion as a prize ( I kid you not ) and the prize tickets were more expensive than Caldwell College. At this tricky tray , I saw the works of Shakespeare, a piece of Egyptian Art, scientific toys , Royal Doulton figurines in addition to other popular items. The tone of these baskets were certainly more sophisticated
The number of prizes was proportional to the number of people who attended. Everybody had a chance to win something. The decorations were beautiful and enhanced the event. For the low prize of the admission, I certainly did not expect the wraps but coming from work, they were certainly appreciated at our table.
Although they started later than expected, the event was over at a resonable time for a Friday evening. They actually topped last year in terms of prize quality and quantity. Personally, I did not notice any rowdiness at this event. If this event is held next yesr, I will certinly bring more people.

Anonymous said...

Makes me wish I lived closer to Caldwell College. Sounds fantastic! One of the last TTs I went to had a Crayola 120 Crayon box set as a prize.....

Anonymous said...

Just a suggestion. Call and find out what kind of prizes and the prices of each level is before you go to a tricky tray. Then you won't be disappointed and you'll be prepared money wise!

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with the last post. tt's usually give a point of contact so why don't more people be proactive and give them a call. Even if you have to look up the school/church/Rescue Squads phone number and ask for a contact. A few questions and you are prepared for the cost of tickets and number/value of prizes. That phone call would cut down on some complaints posted here.

Anonymous said...

The organization should give examples of the prizes that they have when they list the event on TrickyTray.com ! It is ridiculous that every attendee should call them to find out what kind of prizes they have. I usually chose where to go by proximity and quality of the prizes. I would never go to a Tricky Tray where they say nothing about the levels of prizes or list the top prizes.

Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about Mr. TrickyTray's dilemma of running this site for free. Since everyone listing has a charitable organization number, listing the Tricky Tray should in itself be considered a charitable contribution. You should speak to an accountant but I believe that if you changed the listing page to acknowledge that you are donating your service to the listing organization, you will be entitled to a charitable tax deduction for this service. It would not bring in actual money but it could be used to offset the taxes on other income.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know about the Joey Bella Tricky Tray? Is it a good one? It's in Denville, NJ.

Anonymous said...

I've been to the Joey Bella one a couple of times. I think it's a good one. There are a lot of prizes, so it can get expensive and there are a lot of people, so it's not too easy to win. They've been doing it a long time, so they know how to move it along. I'll be there again this year!

Anonymous said...

Well...if I can get a couple of my friends, I will go too...I heard that it can get very hot under the tent. Hope you win!!

Anonymous said...

To the person that said it would be ridiculous for everyone to call about the prizes. Of course it would be! No one said anything about everyone calling. Just a few people that want more info if its not given. Maybe next time they'll list more info.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Tricky Tray,

As this season pretty much closes out, I wanted to thank you for this service. There were nights when I just 'needed' to go to a TT, and I logged onto this site, and viola, my choices were there for me to see.

I wish more groups would put their events on this site, as it is a great way to attract more guests to their fundraisers. Over this past year, I have met other TT.com readers at the various events, and they are a very nice group of Tricky Tray afficionados!

Hope to see you all in the Fall. Thank you again.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Thanks for the kind words. It is always nice to hear from people that they appreciate TrickyTray.com.

****

Yes, the Tricky Tray season slows up during the summer, but you can still have fun.
My friend Maria's shore house is available for rental for The week of 4th July, second week of July & Month of August. It's in Ocean Grove, NJ and I have personally benn there. It is beutiful..only a block from Ocean

Here is the link to her recent craigslist listing or call her directly at 212-924-1241.

Tell her Kevin from TrickyTray.com sent you for a discount.

Copy/paste:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/vac/358923645.html

Enjoy The Summer Everyone!

Mr. Tricky Tray

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

OOps! Sorry for the spelling errors above.

Anonymous said...

Attended the Ramapough Nation Tricky Tray on June 21st. The prizes were good but our table had a bad screwup with the food situation. We never got our pasta, was told they would make more and 1/2 hr. later told they ran out and didn't intend to substitute anything else for it.....then there was a mis communication by someone at the table to the wait staff and the whole table was given a vegetarian meal which was sent back and finally the chicken was brought out at almost 8:45 at least a half hour after everyone else had finished eating. This mess should never have happened.... How can a place run out of pasta? Don't they now how to count? Never again! The need to get it together. Who ate all the PASTA?

Anonymous said...

The Double Tree didn't run out of pasta what I was told by the hostess was that Pasta was served at 7:15 pm after that course is done then the chicken comes out. If you are not in ou seat when it comes out you dont get it. Could it be that you maybe got there late?? Also I know she tried very hard to please everyone. She asked if there was anything she could get and one persons reply was at this point the only thing that will do is a Filet Migion. Then the hostess was going to refund that persons money. The certain couple said they were going to leave after the small prizes but instead they stayed for the entire night and ate the chicken dinner and then after the night was over asked for their money back. I really think that was all not called for. The Double Tree Staff did a great job of tring to please everyone. Some people at that table also made a remark about the staff not being able to speak english which I think was really rude. Im sorry but I myself and also the staff tried our very best. If you didn't have a good time Im sorry . You forget to say that they brought out 2 meals as fast as they could. They are only human like you. If you had a problem you should have called me please don't bad mouth the hotel or my Tricky Tray. I worked very hard on this project.This is our only fundraiser to help with programs for our children.


Andrea Soha
201-887-6307

Anonymous said...

I went to the Ramapough Nation Tricky Tray also. The only part I agree with was the pasta was cold. I'm sure if I wanted to ask they would have reheated it. Not a big deal at all. The tricky tray was well run and the prizes were great. I go to 3-4 tricky trays a week and this isn't one I would say should have been complained about. Our table asked for more bread and soda throughout the night and were given both. If you were expecting the Ritz Carlton then maybe you should call them and see if there is a tricky tray being held there. I'm sure they would have a nice big steak for you! Don't pick on the people who actually run good tricky trays.

Anonymous said...

I went to the tricky tray for Our Lady of Fatima in Highland Lakes and I say in the past they did much better. They could have defintely had more prizes and better ones at that. The last time I went the prizes were worth a lot more and there were a lot more.

Anonymous said...

I was at Our Lady of Fatima the prizes were ok to me it was my first time there. My issue was we were all mushed in there. I don't think they were expecting such a big crowd.

Anonymous said...

Expect the crowding in the Summer...it was the only "Tricky Tray in town"

Anonymous said...

I believe that the tricky trays that in the past did not advertise much more than a sign out front or by word of mouth are overwhelmed by the response when they are listed on trickytray.com. So, if you list yourself on trickytray.com, be prepared for a big crowd. I wonder if some groups are not listing on the site so that they can keep their "regulars" happy - and avoid all of the blog comments (too crowded, prizes not good enough, too expensive, etc.).

As many posters have said, if you are posting an event, give as many details as possible - prices, number and value of prizes, number of seats, etc.). That way we all know what to expect and you will meet our expectations and get positive blog comments!

Enjoy the summer! Tonight's Joey Bella - I know that one draws a big crowd!

Anonymous said...

Went to Joey Bella last night. As usual, big crowd, lots of prizes. I would say the first level prizes (over 200 prizes) in general were about a $25 value (ranged from $10 to $50) for $5 a sheet - a little pricey for the items under $25! [Just my opinion - don't put items out under $25 - combine a couple to make it worthwhile.] The next level probably went to around $100 for $7 a sheet (there were about 60+ of these) and the specials were $1 a ticket.

Since they charged an admission, there should have been workers all around the outside of the tent - people could have easily just come in through one of the other openings (and I am certain some did), so they lost a few bucks there.

I wasn't a big winner, but I'll be back again next year.

Anonymous said...

i agree with the anonymous that said if you post your tricky tray on here expect a big crown...thats the whole point of advertising isnt it? advertise get more people to come have great prizes etc..

Anonymous said...

How can you be sure they are advertising for more people? Many tt's have been shared here by fellow tt enthusiasts rather than the people holding the function. They don't have a clue what info is posted or what complaints have been aired. The smaller ones only have room for so many people and are putting together a function that suits their organization. Some get irate over complaints and have responded by closing their tt's to public attendance.

Personally, I look on tt's as charitable events and I don't go if I'm not content donating my ticket $$ to that function. They choose the ticket prices and the prizes are whatever those members can afford to put on the tables. If the value is not up to your standards, than don't return next year - but don't get upset that all tt's are not the same. The Ramapough Nation put on a fantastic tt with a very affordable cost for the meal. Only an idiot would expect/demand filet mignon. What happened to donating your ticket money for a worthy cause in the hopes of winning one of the prizes?

Anonymous said...

Hey all I am a regular TT'r and I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite ones. I look forward for it in the summer.You must get tickets in advance because it always sells out. So if you have the time and can do it go to the St. Elisabeth's Chapel TT on July 25th. I spoke to the people who are running it and the prizes are even bigger this year. Call and they will give you a idea on the prizes.

Anonymous said...

most of the places i have gone to that have tt's every year have already heard about trickytray.com and one of their organizers has spread the word by posting it on here. I have never actually talked to anyone involved in the TT that hasnt heard that their tt was posted on here...what my complaint about some tt's is that some of the stuff in some of the baskets are dollar store stuff that someone has put into one basket so they can rid their shed of a few extra things hanging around. You cant say that no one in that tt hasnt looked at the stuff and thought wow what a bunch of junk!! whats sad about it is that it makes the tt look bad even though their heart is in the right place. are you afraid that the person is gonna get offended that their basket was omitted? dont be...apparently this person didnt care enough about the tt to donate quality goods instead of rummaging through their junk drawer and donating a potpourri of crap...maybe see if that person wants to donate time and not try to rid their house of their excess baggage

Anonymous said...

Hi, TT readers: here's a request for information...I hope you can give me some direction. This site is carrying a wide range of events that categorize themselves as TT. Many of the ones through the summer appear to be 'penny/craft/rummage' type events. I personally don't like going to those...just my preference. On the other hand, I really don't feel like we get much value out of the 'monster' events where the tickets are so-o expensive and there are like 500 people in attendance. So, here's my question. Can you tell me what your favorite TT is and why? I am not trying to compete with this site's "Best TT", but I'd like to identify your favorite TT, and then I'll be able to schedule where I should consider going in the fall. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Anonymous said...

Here are a few deciding factors when I attend a TT: 1)Admission-I will not pay more then $10. I never go to dinners. (I want to purchase a lot of tickets and spending too much on admission leaves me little to spend on them) 2)Ticket Prices-expensive ticket prices translates into NOT going to the TT again. Reasonable prices would be in the range of $3 to $5 per sheet for the lower level up to $5 per ticket for the highest level. 3)Children-this is a tough one. I like when children are invited because I have two and baby sitter costs are so outrageous I'd rather take them with me (I also purchase tickets for them so now I'm spending triple the amount that I normally would) Also, they are very well behaved. 4)Prize Quality-As stated many times before "only new items".

Anonymous said...

my favorite TT last year was the one for PALS and it was in the fall...the prices were very reasonable and although there were a lot of people there there was also a lot of prizes so many many peopl ewent home a winner...plus the prizes were very high end and i loved everything I won and nothing in any of the baskets gave me the feeling that it had been used or was picked up at a garage sale...

Anonymous said...

While living in one of the shore areas, many churches had weekend rummage sales in the summer where 'nice' items were sorted out of the rummage and put into a trickytray/penney auction with winners drawn at the the end of the day. Many items were new - gifts that still had tags on while others were simply 'nice' or unique. Tickets were less expensive than a normal evening tt and I always looked forward to these events.
While I wouldn't suggest any one of them was my 'fav' tt, there's nothing wrong with an organization setting them up. These events are clearly designed along the lines of what that particular congregation is interested in versus the normal tt crowd. They provide great variety to my summer when few events are scheduled. Many blog comments seem insistent that all tt's be quality events meeting their threshhold of number of prizes/value of trays et cet. Penney auctions have usually been fun events that my friends have enjoyed without badmouthing anyone that prizes were 'crap'

Anonymous said...

I've called surprised points of contact for events listed on tt.com. These have been smaller events with limited seating who had not advertised outside their church or shool bulletin. It's always been worth the small cost of a phonecall to get info on how this years event is looking. Sometimes it seems like people badmouth a tt to keep the crowds down so they have better odds of winning.

Anonymous said...

well i think if you are going to have a rummage style tricky tray you should definitely let people know that so people arent disappointed and then say bad stuff about it. and badmouthing a TT because you want more of a chance to win is pretty pathetic and very unfair to the organization holding a tt...i think we would all like a GREAT chance at winning but to go so far as badmouthing the function so you can win an extra few prizes is just sad to me...

Anonymous said...

I think everyone has a right to express their opinion. Most people that find that a tricky tray isn't good just aren't going to go the following year. Be open minded to CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. That's how people have a great tricky tray in the future.

Anonymous said...

The question about what type of Tricky Tray is the best is interesting. I really like the bigger events with a dinner. I am usually racing there directly from work and don't have time to take food with me. My friends and I consider this to be ladies night out, so a nice dinner and a cocktail are part of the package. I do wish that the event planners would print on the ticket the part of the ticket that is tax deductible. I know you did not really pay the hall $40 for a piece of chicken. Maybe more people would be willing to go to the fancier events if they at least got the tax receipt for it. The most important part is the prizes - I will not even go to one that does not list a summary of the prizes. I thing most organizers are doing their best

ttjunkie said...

Here's what I like:
No admission fee (or less than $10).

First level prizes with a value of $35 -$75 with tickets priced at $5 a sheet.

Only three levels of prizes.

All quality prizes (I understand we all have gifts we have received that we want to donate, and that's fine - as long as they are new [and current - not an unused wedding gift from 1983 that's been sitting in your attic!])

Start the calling on time!

Don't read the description of every item in the basket.

No breaks (15 minutes always turns into much longer!)

Anonymous said...

Hi again. Thank you all for your feedback! Can TTJunkie share with us the names of some the TTs she's attended that have the event characteristics she described? Also, can the 7/7/07 8:51 am respondee who noted the 'Fall PALS' event provide the name of the town in which the event was held, so I know what to look for when it's listed later this year? Thank you!

ttjunkie said...

A few of my favorites (don't want to give away all of my secrets!) - Lakeland Animal Haven, Noah's Ark, Joey Bella, Sparta Alpine, St. Joseph's (Newton), Mendham High School. Note sure if all of these meet all of my criteria, but I like them! I travel as far south as Trenton and as far north as Sussex County, but would say the bulk of my favorites are in Morris and Sussex Counties.

Anonymous said...

I've traveled as far as the Poconos for a tricky tray. And South would be the Jersey shore. North would be Chester, Newton, Mount Olive. Jersey City wasn't a fav.
Most unusual win was a ton of gravel!

Anonymous said...

Joey Bella has always been a great promotion for me. While some GC prizes are smaller in value, they often draw for multiple winners out of the same group of tickets which balances things out with smaller values. On the otherhand, that is one event I have heard people complain about. They hate it but end up going each year. That could be considered badmouthing thugh I think they just are complainers in general.

Anonymous said...

If anyone is recommending good tt's, please include specifically which org is sponsoring the good event rather than just the location. When Mendham was listed you have to be very careful. The fall event is for the Freshman Class and sparse at best. 2 years go they had less than 80 prizes including the big ones. The crowd was huge expecting an event like the Spring Project Grad tt which is truly worth the drive.
Pope John in Sparta, Roxbury hs and St Theresa in Roxbury have facilities used by completely separate parishes and organizations. Like Mendham, Stanhope and Mt Olive schools also have multiple events for various classes and school organizations that vary widely in number of trays, quality of prizes and it's hard to tell from the listings.
thanks to those sharing tt fav's, and please tell us which one when the location hosts various events

Anonymous said...

Hello Tricky Tray friends...

Just putting my two cents in...

Organizers:

1. Please try to start the TT on time.

2. It is always better to change callers at some point. For the true, blue tt attendees, the same caller is IRRITATING! Especially if the pulling is not random. No one likes for the same person to win 7 times in a row. I buy a lot of tickets as soon as I enter the door and I am definitely in the running, but I guess what I am saying is SHAKE UP THE BUCKET, BAG, whatever.

3. Don't keep describing the item before pulling.. that is annnoying and time consuming.

4. Please give your runners pointers on speedily delivering prize, reading the ticket and LEAVING THE TICKET WITH THE PERSON. I have been in many TTS's where the runners keep the pulled ticket and the confirming ticket.

5. The entrance fees and tickets are pricey enough, limit the dinners and add more prizes. I do not attend dinners at $35-$60. I can bring my own KFC.


Just my two cents!

p.s. We need some good tt's for the summer. September-December is too long to wait!

Anonymous said...

I'm really glad I reached out for readers' opinions. The responses are very helpful, and I hope more bloggers will continue to share their thoughts. I know I am really sad about the lack of fun TTs to attend during the summer, but this site and your feedback honestly keeps my enthusiasm up that maybe, just maybe, a TT I'd like to go to this summer will pop up on the screen. Thank you all so much for your feedback, and my best wishes that you have an enjoyable summer.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank who ever gave the heads up on St. Elisabeth's Chapel for next week. There are not as many in the summer and I really enjoy going. You never know if they are going to be good but I called and got a idea on some of the prizes and your right it's worth going. Thanks again from one Tricky Trayer to the next!

ttjunkie said...

Anybody else out there suffering from withdrawal?

Anonymous said...

I feel like a junkie...

I hate summer time with regard to Tricy Trays. I usually tt hop during the week and weekends and I haven't been to one so long my hands our itching. I want to break apart some tickets and cuss out the caller!

Anonymous said...

You folks are so funny! I know exactly what you are feeling, and September can't get here fast enough! Maybe we could plan to all go to the first one next season and bring something to identify us as TT.com folks. I've got a twirly electronic thing that lights up when I push a button. I use it when I win! But the best thing I saw was the double lighted clacker that a lady had at a recent Garfield TT . I like those, too, but I don't know where to get them. Anyway, the prior two blogs gave me a smile. It's good to know I'm not the only one itching till September!

Anonymous said...

Went to St. Elisabeth's in Ortley Beach. They get an A+ for improvent. Better prizes (thanks to an outsider from central NJ) No bent tickets, covers on the cans etc. Some people do listen to constructive criticism!
Got home to Sayreville by 10:40. My daughter won the Disney Hopper passes. I won nothing but it helped the lack of tricky trays in the summer.

Anonymous said...

I also went to the St. Elisabeth's TT in Ortley Beach. GREAT! It was so nice I won such good stuff. The prizes were even better then last year.. They did a great job and it's nice to have a TT like this to go to in the summer. I will be there again next year!

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

How about wearing a TrickyTray.com
T-Shirt or Sweatshirt to Identify the TT.comers at events. In fact...hint,hint,hint..there will be some benefits to being spotted at an event wearing your TrickyTray.com shirt this Fall Tricky Tray Season.

Don't wait till last minute to get one!

http://www.cafepress.com/trickytray

Mr. Tricky Tray

Anonymous said...

I went to the tricky tray at Annunciation Orthodox Church
well nothing to write home about. The tickets were so much money. $10 a sheet and the prizes were not even worth 10 bucks. I think another issue was they were in denial with the rain and did not think it out so people were sitting on top of each other in a room. I got a sandwich and when I got it there was only 1/2 a sandwich with one little piece of sausage. How silly was that. I can understand needing to raise funds but this was just a rip off. Next year I will know to stay away.

Anonymous said...

wow...10 a sheet...i would have turned right back around..good idea mr tt...yes i too am having withdrawal from TT's. plus i am moving cross country soon and will prolly miss tt's even worse out there all year long :( But if anyone wants to come by I am having a garage sale in Franklin Borough in SUssex county on Saturday August 4th. EVERYTHING has to go folks since I am moving so far away and cannot bring lots of stuff with me. I have electronic stuff knick knacks and lots of the stuff I am selling has never even been used!!! come on by on route 23 north between Hooters and the Phone Booth. I will have out bright green signs (hubby made the signs therefore they look like a child drew them lol) right before the sale. Please come by and buy some of my stuff and if you dont like the price I am always up for haggling!!!

Anonymous said...

Anybody headed to the Silver Lake swim team tricky tray this weekend? I went last year year and thought it was pretty good. Lots of prizes, but it's a bit out of the way for us New Jersey regulars!

Anonymous said...

If I don't get to an auction soon I am going to scream! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! I feel like a junkie looking for a fix. I haven't ripped tickets in so long I have a literal attitude. I keep clicking on Tricky Tray.com looking for an auction ANYWHERE in my area and there are none. Does ANYONE know of one that is not posted? Please, I can't take much more of this!

Anonymous said...

Not trying to advertise here, but a I noticed that a few of your are interested in the lighted Flashing Hand Clappers. I can get these for you in time for the next auction! I am a fellow tricky trayer, however, my supplier has notified me that the Flashing Hand Clappers are now available. Why not win your next prize with all the "bells and whistles!"

I have the following especially for my fellow tricy trayers:

Flashing Hand Clappers available in assorted colors

Light up Tambourines (really cute)

Light up Maracas in Brilliant blue, gorgeous green or ruby red.

Get ready for your next auction and go in there with a vengence!

Email me at Corlette36@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Saw a couple of Tricky Trays for Friday, August 10 in the local paper:

Hopatcong: St. Jude's Rosary Altar Society. Doors open 6:30. 973-398-6377

Vernon: Highland Lakes Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Doors open 7.

Anonymous said...

Bless your sweet soul... there is hope after all! Come on fall!

Anonymous said...

I will never again go to the tricky tray at Highland Lakes fire department. It was poorly run, the same people kept winning because the people in charge refused to shake the tickets instead hardly stirred them and people were yelling Shake em up and they had THE MOST obnoxious people calling the ticket numbers. I have been to this one before and it only gets worse every year. This year it hit rock bottom and I am glad to say that they will never get my patronage again along with a few other people that were there I heard were complaining about it. And nope this is not just sour grapes. I won 3 trays and nice ones at that but the sheer fact that people would win 3-4 times IN A ROW is ridiculous. I have never seen that happen before. No wonder there was such a poor turnout at the tricky tray. People DO learn from their mistakes huh

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the Tri-State Actors Theater Tricky Tray in the past? It's coming up soon and I need my fix since tricky trays are few and far between in the summer! Would love to hear any comments on the prices, prizes, crowd, etc. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

tri state actors theater Tricky tray is always good they are fair and usually have good prizes. It is pretty fast paced but I am also biased because I have known the folks there for years =)

Anonymous said...

I went to St jude's TT last Friday. These ladies and gents put together a wonderful night. Everything ran very smoothly.

Keep up the good work.

See ya next year.

Anonymous said...

i wish i had gone to st judes instead of the highland lakes one. I was disappointed at the one i went to-hopefully the next one will make up for it

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am helping to organize a Tricky Tray in October this year. I would like to know if most people prefer to reserve their tickets in advance or just show up at the door?

Thanks for your comments,

Linda

Anonymous said...

I like the ones where you can reserve your tix but I also attend those with at the door sales. Either is fine with most people. I really do not care for the tricky trays with dinners because I end up spending so much money on the dinner that I cant spend as much on the tickets. I can easily eat before going to the TT but it is always helpful that if you DO want food at your even then you can always have hotdogs or pizza or sometimes they have the tt's at halls where they can make something tastier than those things. I remember one TT, one of my faves, was at a country club with food that was being prepared at the bar. The food was good and the trays were even better!!!

Anonymous said...

I appreciate advance sale tix because they are usually at a lower rate than if you buy the nite of the event. It is also nice to be able to pick them up at the door the nite of the event, but I have driven to a designated location. There are usually tons of tricky trays in October so you may want to check the calendar for possible conflicts.

Anonymous said...

Linda - I appreciate saving a bit on the advanced sale tickets offered. It defeats the purpose if people don't pick them up ahead of time. We've always assumed the purpose was to cut down on time we would have to stand in line to buy those tickets the night of the event. That savings in ticket prices can also encourage people to go to your event instead of another when there are multiple tt's to choose from. That only works if there really is a cost savings. Some organizers offer 1 or 2 dollar savings only on the entrance ticket which isn't worth the gas money.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your responses. We are not having a dinner at our T. T.

I have been reading a lot of the comments on this website and just am not sure why people like the advance reservations better. What is people call and say they want to reserve tickets and then don't show up - then you are left with tickets you could have sold if you just had the doors open and people just line up.

last year was our first year to do reserve tickets and it became a nightmare because we did not specifiy that $10.00 got you in with 4 sets of sheets - per person - so people took advantage in a way and ordered 5 or 6 sets and we had no clue if it was 5 or 6 people comeing or just one person and so the peoblem began. Most locations have a seating capacity to comply with fire regulations. Some people lied and got very unpleasant and I do not want a repeat of that this year, because it took away from the whole evening for me.

While I realise that you simply cannot please everyone, you do try to do your best. We have very few people working on our event and trying to do what we think best.

thanks again for your comments,

Linda

Anonymous said...

I have no problem buying admission tickets in advance, but I really don't like when there are sheets of tickets sold in advance at a discount price. Often times they are very inconvenient (or even impossible for the "outsiders" to get. Also, I like to see the prizes before I buy my tickets. If you are charging an admission, those tickets should be paid for in advance.

Anonymous said...

Advance sales reduces the hassle of selling those tickets at the event for both organizers and attendees if the tickets are prepaid and picked up earlier. That justifies the cost break. Outsiders will buy the lower priced tickets and commit themselves to attending the event if the lowered price is worth it. Several tt's run advance ticket sale thru the mail which resolves any inconvenience of picking them up. The cost savings isn't worth agonizing over for those who have to see the prizes before buying beyond the entrance ticket.
Setting up a reservation system without requiring prepayment, only adds an administrative burden on running the event. People unfortunately will reserve tickets over the phone at multiple events if it doesn't cost them anything. If the tickets aren't paid for, they aren't a guaranteed admission
Admission tickets should be specific color and separately priced from additional tickets. That way you close sales when your allowed admission tickets are gone and you are in accord with Fire Code. If someone arrives late, they only get in if they already have a prepaid admission ticket.

Anonymous said...

Again, thanks for your comments. I think I have decided to go with just sales at the door, that has always worked for us. You are correct, it is just something else to worry about and if they aren't prepaid, then the people just might not show up at all if they have an emergency or soemthing.

Without worrying about this, I think we can put more of our energy in securing good prizes.

Maybe next year we will try the advance pre-paid and see how that goes !

Thanks again - Linda

Anonymous said...

at the tricky trays that I have gotten advanced tix to, I paid for them in advance and they were always great deals. I agree that a buck or two sometimes isnt worth the drive to pay for the tix etc. then what happened is that there were 2 lines at the door-advanced sales and people who are buying the night of the event. That way you keep both sets of people happy! There have been many tricky trays I have gone to that have both advanced sales as well as selling them at the door-you dont have to limit your option to one and it sometimes saves a lot of time on the event night. Good Luck!!

Anonymous said...

There is another easy option when selling tickets. Occasionally you find an event that presells tickets outside, right before the doors open. It's brilliant. all it takes is one or two volunteers walking down the line of waiting people no earlier than 15-20 minutes before start time. It eliminates much of the immediate bottleneck of selling tickets to those dedicated people who lined up early. somehow, screen your volunteers and make sure they can handle making change. It would be interesting to know how many others have received the wrong change - wrong number of tickets et cet.
Those who schedule events during the peak of tt season, should consider the enticement value of presale locking people into attending their event.

Anonymous said...

Not many attended last night in Budd Lake and also last week at St Judes in Hopatcong. Where are all the tt-ers who are desperate for an event? Prizes were not phenomenal but most everyone won something and it was a great evening out.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone attended the Wallkill Valley Reg. HS event in prior years? It's a far ride, and I'd like to know people's impressions, and is it worth schlepping to? Thx.

Countdown:12 more days till the September Season kicks-Off!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry I missed St. Judes and Budd Lake. I was thinking about going, but then got caught up doing other things. I'm going to try to make it to the one for the Tri State Actors Theater this weekend. Have never been, but figure it's worth a try.

Anonymous said...

I attended both the Hopatcong and Budd Lake TT's. They were both okay. I think many people are still on vacation, thus the fewer turnouts. It's nice when it's not so crowded.

There are as many different ways to run a tricky tray as there are events themselves. I still stand by advance tickets. Whether you pick them up at the door or at a designated location in advance of the event, it doesn't matter. If the tickets are not picked up at the door by the attendee, they can just be added to the tickets being sold at the door. Yes, you usually make 2 lines. One for those buying tickets and one for those with advance tickets. Personally, I would rather not have to buy an admission ticket. I would prefer to put that money toward more tray tickets. But, if you have limited seating I guess that's the best way to keep track of the number of guests.

Anonymous said...

Tri State Actors have a great tt. Great variety of prizes that aren't the typical tt offerings. They had way more than 150 trays last year and the prices were reasonable.
This event is only held at the hs. Be careful to ask for experience with the TriSt actors rather than just any of the hs's tricky trays.

Anonymous said...

yeah tri-state actors is not affiliated with the wallkill high school except for the fact that the guy running the TT used to work as a teacher there and he makes a lively cohost too!!!

Anonymous said...

Clarification please. The lady at Tri-State actors told me the first level trays run from $15-$99 in value. That seems like quite a big range. She also said they expected to only have about 12 high end prizes, and that included acting lessons for teens and tickets to their own productions. Perhaps I'm missing something, but that doesn't sound like the great reviews the prior two readers gave this coming event. Thanks for getting back to me on this. I'd hate to miss a good TT.

Anonymous said...

And how much are the tickets for those first level trays? And how many trays are there? Don't tease us with just some of the information!

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the summer tricky trays are all way less than high end events. With that said, the TriState Actors event is probably the best of the lot with more trays and unusual prizes. The value range of 15-99 kept them from having the multiple tiers of prizes like St Jude which had people spending so much money to have tickets on all levels of prizes. Many of the Actors' trays last year were artistic in nature. These actors also paint, create jewelry et cet and were friends with other artists who donated to their cause. There was a great deal of crystal - vases and unusual home decor items with higher price tags that were lovely and on the regular tables. I also remember several decorated jewlery boxes and hand crafted jewelry. Instead of the unusual prizes, I won a bed in the bag and some DVD's which are standard event prizes. There was something for everyone. A few of the large prizes were living room size oil paintings out of a NYC Gallery and the value on that type of prize totally depends on whether you would hang it in your house. They also had scratchoffs as a big prize that everyone can enjoy. I don't remember any electronics like TV's or iPods. They did have dinner and play packages on the bigger table where they combined tickets to an event with restaurant GC's. There was high interest in those prizes from people willing to travel.
So in clarification, this is a great summer tt considering there is no alternative to go to.

What did the contact say ticket prices were this year? and are they doing presale?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the Jackson Deborah event? I miss the great one they used to have at the Knoll Country Club. Wonder what happened to that chapter?

Anonymous said...

tri state usually has a few levels of prizes...regular trays specials and super specials. they are usually pretty reasonable in their prices-not expensive but not inexpensive.

Anonymous said...

Tri State's seating will be rows of chairs instead of seats at tables. That's not the most comfortable set up. The cost of the single sheet of entry level gifts is $5.00.

Anonymous said...

Last year Tristate had a package deal where you received a free sheet for every $20 worth of regular. They get a big turnout so not sure they'd have enough room to put people at tables instead of rows.
thanks for sharing all your thoughts

Anonymous said...

I went to the Tristate TT last nite, and it was lovely. Where did all those people come from!? Even the staff were saying they got so many more than they expected. Must be alot of 'pent-up' TT fever going around. They really did a nice job on everything. It was a fun nite out.

Anonymous said...

We went to the Tristate TT last night also. The regular trays were nice and lots of them. The specials weren't so great. The prices were very fair. 5 sheets for $20 and specials 15 for $10. We didn't win but had a good time.

I also have to add that this is the first Tricky Tray that I have been to were they didn't have free refreshments, just coffee and tea. They could have at least had some cookies! They weren't even selling treats just hot dogs and soda.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing comments on the TriState Event. Sounds like they did a good job.

Anonymous said...

I also attended the Tri-State Actors Theater Tricky Tray. Decent mix of prizes and the prices were ok. As stated earlier, there was a large range in the value of the prizes ($15-$99), but I would say most were in the $25 - $50 range. I will probably go again next year since I came home a winner and the ratio of prizes to people was pretty good. It wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst either - somewhere in the middle - and it was a fun night out in the summer!

Anonymous said...

I have been to the Tris States TT in the past and if this is the first you have gone to by them and were satisfied you would definitely have been satisfied with the past years. This was actually a lot smaller than the ones in the past but also the ones in the past were not as well attended because they were scheduled on nights of many tricky trays in the area. Last year they had about 200 trays and 50-60 specials in all. I was a little disapointed by them because the ones in the past were so much better. I guess they were not expecting the turnout because they didnt expect that many people from past events they had.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the Our Lady of Mt Carmel tricky tray in the past? It's coming up this weekend, and I'm wondering if it's worth the ride.

Anonymous said...

I have been it was just ok last time i went and it was too expensive for my long ride there tho...if it had been cheaper I prolly would go this year....

Anonymous said...

Hi ,
I run a tricky tray every year for the Ramapough Nation in Mahwah & would like your input for next years. 1st of all Dinner or no Dinner ? I could rent a hall but it would be smaller then the hotel. Next ideas for Grand Prize or would you just like small, med, and large ??Please give me some idea of prizes you would like to see .Also would you to a tricky tray in July ?? I will be checking back then I will decide on place and date. Thanks for your help

Andrea

Anonymous said...

Sorry that was go to a tricky tray in july

Anonymous said...

Went to Mt. Carmel tonight. Just ok prizes, but prices not bad. Really disappointed in the specials and super specials. Anybody else go?

Anonymous said...

I agree on Mt. Carmel in Swartswood. The prizes definately were not as good as last year. And what was up with the "Tiffany" crystal - it looked like Walmart glasses in a Tiffany box! Even thought I came home a winner, don't think I'll go back.

Anonymous said...

I run a TT for our church and are planning next year's event. I just found out about this site and have been "studying" it for ideas. I was wondering if anyone can help with ideas on how to get those sought after "good" prizes donated? I see a lot of harsh comments here on cheap prizes, but wonder how many of those that complain have ever DONATED a really good prize? From handling other fundraisers, I know forsthand how difficult it is to get decent donations, especially in smaller organizations like ours.I've worked the ones at schools and they have a much larger donor base. The churches are tough, because the donor base tends to be older and income levels are sometimes lower. So how can I get those corporate donors on board? I want to do this right and appreciate any help, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Fundraisers come in all sizes with varied prizes. If your group is smaller and with limited funds, then maybe putting on a big event is out of the question. Some organizers have barely broke even when they went out and purchased super big prizes hoping to bring in the crowd and make big bucks. If it's your first promotion its hard to plan just how many will show up. Bad weather can even keep your local group from attending. If your event is scheduled during the peak season, there's bound to be scheduling conflicts with other better known events.

Anonymous said...

I agree that there are all different types of tricky trays. I think the big issue with prizes is that they cannot be junk! You can do well on a tricky tray as long as your prizes are not junk (tattered boxes that look like they've been in the attic for years, used stuff) and the prices of the tickets are in line with the value of the prizes. You can't expect people to be happy if they see the prizes are only worth $10 and the tickets are $5 a sheet! If you, as the organizer, tell us in advance the value of your prizes and how much the tickets are. That way you'll get the right people at your event. I personally like a tricky tray with 150 baskets (regular) with values around $50 and sheets at $5. In fact, unless the super prizes are really great, I often don't even buy any tickets for those levels, although I know a few people who spend most of their money on the biggies.

As far as your donors go, encourage them to get together with others to donate a larger prize, list a suggested minimum for trays, and/or give cash donations and the organizers can buy items. I'd rather have a few less baskets if the ones you have are a bit better.

Haven't organized any tricky trays, but have donated a 20 plus prizes in the $50-$75 range. I think for some of the corporate gifts, you just need to write a letter to the corporate office - Disney, Shop-Rite, Medieval Times, even your local stores.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I went to the Ramopough Nation TT recently, and it was nice. If you are considering changing some things, here's a thought. The dinner was nice, but if fund raising is your goal, consider doing a coffee/dessert type thing or have food available for purchase (especially if you do it mid-week). People will put more money into your prizes. Also, your middle level prizes were very nice. You need more larger ones, though. As I recall, there were only about 12, and 3-4 were high-end sun glasses. While they were nice, there is a limited market for that type item. I had hoped that there would have been high end Native jewelry. That's unique and I would have wanted something as beautiful as that. It is also a logical way to showcase your culture and the unique things that make you special. Your lower end gifts were ok, but not amazing. Upgrading those a bit through more active community solicitation might generate increased revenue in that category. Also, the room for the little gifts was very cramped...you could use a larger and more open area...especially in the corners, where people were crowding in, and in the worse possible case, passing up putting tickets in those gifts becasue they couldn't get to them. One great thing you did was to hold the event on a main thoroughfare. It rained hard that nite, and we'd come a far distance to be with you...we stayed overnite at the hotel. That was a real treat! Good luck next year!

Anonymous said...

Ok - dropped the kids at school. The summer is officially over. Let the tricky trays begin!

Anonymous said...

TRICKY TRAYS ARE FINALLY UPON US... HEARD SOUTH RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS HAVING ONE.. NOV 9TH.. AWESOME PRIZES. THEY WILL BE POSTING SHORTLY. THIS ONE IS A MUST.

Anonymous said...

If you haven't tried to organize a tricky tray, then maybe you should before you make comments about everything because let me tell you it is very stressful and you know you won't please everyone - believe me anyone who puts on one of these events works very hard. Please be more appreciative !

Anonymous said...

Whoever posted that last blog, you have to remember the people that come to your event come for a fun night out and to win hopefully. We are not saying you don't work hard, but if you want people to attend your tricky tray again, you better have good prizes that are priced right. Otherwise expect us to vent about it on this blog and to friends. I support the organizations I care about regardless, but if I come to one I'm not, I expect more if they want me and my fellow tricky-trayers to come next year. I hope that the organizers of the Lafayette HS read this and make their tricky trays a little more affordable. They had way too many specials for the average person to afford, also some of the specials could have been regulars. Check before please and make sure the trays are worth it. I like regulars to be $30 to $50.

I need some help said...

Has anyone heard about a tricky tray bingo?

If so, can you please provide me with some specifics?

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

No one is personally attacking anyone just sharing what we individually like and dislike about fundraisers. Opening your mind to others opinions just might help take some stress out of the events you help organize.

re tt bingo: usually this relates to Longaberger basket fundraisers where there are way fewer prizes. You have to win the bingo game in order to get a basket. Those Longaberger baskets may be pricey but to me they are just an empty basket without any real win so I avoid those events. Think they usually have 20 bingo games during those events.

Anonymous said...

I have constructively criticized tricky trays and will continue to do so in the future-i also have put tricky trays together. My guess is that the tricky tray YOU put together was a flop or got bad reviews? Don't take it personally just take the criticism with a grain of salt because people are only trying to help and you cant please everyone all the time.

Anonymous said...

It's all about managing expectations. If you're hyping your event as "the event of the century" and you have junky prizes and expensive ticket prices, you can expect to get lots of complaints. If, on the other hand, you tell us that you have 150 first level baskets valued between 25 and 60 dollars and the tickets are $5 a sheet, we know what to expect and can decide whether or not to attend based on that information. As long as you live up to what you promise, we won't be disappointed (ok - maybe we will if we don't win anything! LOL) and we won't complain. If you are posting an event, give as many details as possible - prices, number and value of prizes, number of seats, etc.). That way we all know what to expect and you will meet our expectations and get positive blog comments!


And, if you look through the previous postings, we have praised many events. So look for the positive comments and incorporate these into your event. For example, don't just sell tickets at the door - have people in the rooms with the prizes selling additional tickets, start on time, mix the tickets in a separate container with a lid, etc.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the evetns I have done before have been successes thank goodness and I have taken a lot of the comments posted on this website and used them. I just think sometimes people can be a bit critical, but I understand they are trying to be helpful.

I know as much as I am working hard for an event, it won't be perfect and there will always be the negative and positive feedback.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about the Animals Need You TT at the Elks in Garfield? Just wondering what kind of prized they have.

Anonymous said...

Are there any Tricky Trays in Northern New Jersey tonight??

Anonymous said...

Criticism is criticism whether its meant in a mean or constructive way. Some people handle it better than others and the one in charge of any fundraiser had better be able to smile and say something vague to whatever comment and then get on with whatever she plans on doing. We have some diehard tt-ers who believe they are gods'-gift to each event. They proclaim loudly how many events they go to and how much they spend like that gives them some special soapbox from which to loudly proclaim that tickets cost too much, tickets are bent and should be disqualified, prizes are less than what they believe they should be et cetra. As a rule most people smile and nod as the tt-queens get wound up. Most of us try to quietly mention things to those in charge without being dramatic. We enjoy the events and the possibility of winning without cheating or 'being mean' to the organizers.

ps - I wish organizers would think about rounding off the ticket prices specifically to make for easy buying. Is it worth charging 6 instead of 5 when you set yourself up with a nightmare of running stacks of $1's for change to each of your sellers? Set up your bundle sales for $20. Make them smaller or larger but go with $20 to minimize the change issue.

Anonymous said...

Making ticket prices even is a benefit to everyone. I've received the wrong change and/or the wrong number of tickets more times than the sponsors want to know about.

Anonymous said...

Where are all the tricky trays in Central Jersey??

Anonymous said...

Went to the Hungarian Reformed Church TT yesterday. It was a lovely event, and the organizers were just sincerely sweet. Prizes were plentiful, and prices were reasonable. They did an innovative thing that made the afternoon more interesting. Half way through the first level prizes, they switched to the larger prizes and called half of them. It was unexpected, and perked up the crowd. I'm also loving the light-up toys and clakkers people are using. Not only did it make the afternoon fun, it also let the callers know where the winners were right away. Although the temperature was so warm, we had a really nice time. Congratulations on a very nice event!

Anonymous said...

The Tricky Tray sponsored by the Association at Hunterdon Developmental Center on Sept. 30th at the Garden State Exhibit Center is the best tricky tray I ever went to. It got so popular that this event has moved to the Exhibit Center to accomodate all those who want to go. There are hundreds of baskets plus other great prizes and ALL the proceeds go directly to the residents of the center who have severe developmental disabilities. Each "home" on the grounds can decide how to use the monies for all the residents. Please come out and support this great event. You won't be disappointed. The 50/50 alone last year was 3,000.

Anonymous said...

Garfield puts on several tt's during the year. They are enthusiastic but lack big money supporters. While I've gone since the cause is a good one, it's way at the low end for prize value.

Anonymous said...

Can one do a tricky tary without calling out the numbers? Is it called something different or is it still a tricky tray? Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I organize a nice tricky tray and take the time to do it right according to state regulation and pay attention to the details. What really pisses me off is all the Tricky Trays in the area that don't follow the regulations and put together a sloppy event.

For example, I have to budget every year about $300-400 for signs. So they are up to State Regulation and see these crappy signs all over my town that look like 3 years painted and on top of this next to nicely landscaped ground that many volunteers have taken the time to make them look nice for the entire community.

Take some pride.

I'm so tired of going to local events, where the organizer don't even know the regulations. Right now you have too many people trying to organize Tricky Tray and doing a sloppy job at it that its turns off 1st time goers.

I'm going to be glad when they add more auditors to the area. Maybe then they can clean up some of these Events. Too many and very few are good ones. Quality wise.

While this is for a good cause, its also suppose to be a fun evening with quality. Key work Quality!!

Anonymous said...

Ok which tricky tray should I go to?

1st St. Mary Prep - Denville $15 -1 sheet.
2nd Sacred Heart School Dover $10 - 1 sheet
3rd Sacred Heart School Rockaway - Don't know.

All on the same day? I don't like to be sqeezed in like sardine.

Anonymous said...

does Quality mean big prizes and 400+ attendees? A lot of tt devotees would rather attend smaller events with 'nice' prizes where it isn't a marathon with standing in line for ages to get tickets, to put tickets in, to just get a cup of coffee.
After you budget $400 for signs, do you retrieve all those signs after the event?

and, maybe the good choice between St Mary's and the 2 Sacred Heart events is finding a smaller 4th event for that night.

Undecided said...

I was going to attend St. Mary, but a few years back I went and they do there in two room. I did not like that. I like seeing the prizes pulled and seeing who wins.

SHS in rockaway, is a sardine thing multiple classroom too. If I recall correctly.

SHS in Dover is in 1 room, price is reasonable and there was space between the table and the runners where able to get to you.

My thing is quality of the event, nice bigger prizes and things that don't look like they been in someone attic for years. I really like the events where the prizes and drawning and the people are in the same Hall.

Anonymous said...

Would like some feedback on the PASS(Parsippany Animal Supporters Society) Tricky Tray from anyone that attended in the past.

Anonymous said...

I was blown away by the blogger who was lambasting events that weren't up to her standards. I go to ALOT of TTs, and you have to keep in mind that everyone of these organizers is trying to do the best they can. It's fundraising, and there are all types of levels of sophistication on how that gets accomplished. As far as 'adding more auditors to the area', why not just limit the TT you go to to the ones you enjoy, and leave the rest of us who actually enjoy the events' diversity to suffer through a fun event of winning in the company of other like-minded pleasant souls. Nothing's perfect, and I'll bet your TT must have its critics, too. Bloggers - lighten up! The season just started and so far it's been a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

What do you think the best TT's are for this week-end? Is anybody going to a TT that's not listed on this site? Please share what, where and who to contact. Have a winning week-end!!!

Anonymous said...

Just saw a new one posted today for PA. on Sat afternoon Pike County Humane Society. Might be able to do that one and a night one!

Anonymous said...

Hey anoymous:

Guess what? This is a legalized gambling. Which means there are state regulations that need to be followed and its certainly not fair to those who spend the extra hours making sure its gets done right, to those who just simply and careless put one together.

The best that they can do is follow regulation.

And I do think there should be less of the junkie events. There a waste of time, even if its for a good cause.

Anonymous said...

Which Anoymous??

ttjunkie said...

I think we all agree that tricky trays should follow the rules. Most of our comments (both positive and negative) are not about the rules, but rather the value of the prizes versus the ticket cost, the layout of the room, the snacks, the speed of calling, etc. Just because you follow all the state regulations doesn't mean your tricky tray is great!

Anonymous said...

did you here about the East Orange Police Athletic League Tricky Tray? I heard there were over 250 baskets, TV, IPOD, DVD, Plane Tickets, all kinds of stuff and they have food too

Anonymous said...

I heard about the East Orange Police Athletic League also, they are going to hold it in the WISOMM Cultural Center on James Street in Newark this fRiday the 21st it is suppose to be dynamite

Anonymous said...

Girls, we got to go to this one on the 21st in Newark - big prizes,
i need those plane tickets

Anonymous said...

Yes....I plan to go to Hawaii and those tickets would be a treat...

Anonymous said...

I told all my friends about it and we got a table of 20 - there are suppose to be about 300 - 400 people going to the Tricky TRay onthe 21st, in Newark I heard it is really a great TRicky TRay they out did themselves

Anonymous said...

Yes, I called to get information about this one today and the Director of the Program told me that there has been a great deal of hype surrounding their tt. She shared descriptions of many trays, such as Featherbeds, bikes, a Flat Screen TV, KitchenAide Mixer, many electronics, full luxurious bed ensembles, a oriental rug. She said that they had so much, she could not begin to try to describe everything. So I know that I will be attending this event and it is for a worthy cause, to help youth.

Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone,

Wow! I am Wanda Jones, one the host of the EO PAL Tricky Tray. I am very happy to see that the good folks at Tricky Tray.com was kind enouth to write blogs about our Tricky Tray. We are very pleased at how generous our families and supporters have been towards this fundraising event. I have spoken to lots and lots of people regarding this event and the few items that were mentioned above will be there and more. Please come out to enjoy and evening with us, have fun and win some fabulous upscaled prizes. Look forward to seeing you there. To: Mr. Tricky Tray, thanks for giving us the opportunity to advertise our event, we will certainly be sharing information about your website at the venue and telling our guesrs about your merchandise for sell.

Kind Regards,

East Orange PAL Family

Anonymous said...

PLEASE EXCUSE THE TYPOS, MY FINGERS WERE DOING THEIR OWN THING THIS MORNING. BUT THE MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME. WE WANT YOU TO COME OUT AND HANG WITH US AT OUR TRICKY TRAY.

Anonymous said...

I attended the Lakeland Animal Haven Tricky Tray last night. My friends and I were disappointed. The prizes were not nearly as good as last year. I felt sorry for the people who bought the presale - I could see that they had difficulty using up all of their tickets. But, my biggest complaint was that there were 5 - yes 5 - colors for the first level tickets! All I have to say is that this one has gone downhill and I probably will not attend next year.

Anonymous said...

I hate to bring this up again after all the drama last year, but we are starting to plan our TT, and it seems that the law that amended the alcoholic beverage rules on prohibited prizes expired on July 12, 2007. So are alcoholic beverages in baskets illegal again?

Anonymous said...

I heard the people who ran the lakeland tt for the last couple of years were not doing it this year, what a shame it was one of my favorite tt to go to. HUGE DISSAPPOINTMENT!!!

ttjunkie said...

To the previous poster - I wish I had known that a different group of people were running the lakeland tt! To those of you out there "in the know", if you have information that an event will not be as good as those in previous years, please let us know. I, too was diasappointed.

Anonymous said...

corpus christi tt in south river is not being run by the same woman as the previous years i heard?? they had an awesome tt... sold out in 2 weeks time??

Anonymous said...

Just 13 days left to the Hunterdon Developmental Center's TT at the Garden State Exhibit Center. Call 908-735-4031 for tickets. There are no long lines even though this is a large event. Everyone is treated well and the lunch and starter tickets are included in the price. My 24 year old daughter lives at the center and has a regressive form of autism.Your participation will benefit every resident at the Center and you will have the chance to win excellent prizes. You won't be disappointed.

Anonymous said...

Even if the same person runs the event, they can decide to shift things around. It's worth a phonecall to find out how this year's event is shaping up before you commit your money and your time regardless how great (or dismal) things were last year. Most of the PTA tt's are run by different people each year as the kids flow thru the school system. The good events pass along detailed written info on how to set up, solicit and run the event so even though the committee is mostly new people - the event will be run similar to past.
My experience is events and tt volunteers burn out. I love to go to first time events when the volunteers are fresh and willing to solicit.

Anonymous said...

Also went to the Lakeland TT-although it was to support a worthwhile cause, it was definitely disappointing. Many of the small gifts looked used or re-gifted and the different color tickets for the same prize level were annoying.

Hopefully next year they will put a bit more thought and effort into it.

Anonymous said...

Yes I plan to attend the eo pal tt-- my sister called me about this event. Will give it a try.

Anonymous said...

the Hunterdon Developmental center Tricky Tray on Sept. 30th is awsome. a couple of years ago, I won a lap top. Prizes are outstanding. Last year they had a Jackpot 50/50 that was around 6,000.00. Well run. Check it out, get your tickets soon.

Anonymous said...

anyone have any suggestions on which tricky tray to go ro this weekend? Im in sussex county and dont want to drive too far and want to know which tricky trays are the best-St Johns or the one in Stanhope. Ive never been to either

Anonymous said...

Well SHS in Dover is not being run by the same person, In this case thats a good thing.

They brought back the lady know for kicking it up. She has run a few good ones in the area. I think her name is Betty, Becki or Besi something like that. Very low key kinda person, but throws a very organized, nice full baskets and affordable event.

My friends kid goes to the school and there is even a trip to Disney as a prize valued at $2,000. Admission is only $10 (your get a sheet of ticket, additonal ones $5) and there are alot of good prizes including a $300 Home Depot Gift Certificate. I'm going to win this one -- Need to fix my deck.

They are selling the tickets already at the school. I would buy my tickets early.

Anonymous said...

Oh for the one that asked about the acholic beverage.

You can't have acholic or lottery tickets in the baskets. There are very seperate and very strict regulation regarding this.

I was at one in Whippany about a year back the ladies next to me where drinking it up. the same lady got into a car accident down the street from the event. Who knows what happen there. I would hate to be that organization.

Anonymous said...

Hi TTers!! Just a reminder to check out our 3rd annual Tricky Tray at Unity Spiritual Center in Asbury, NJ (Hunterdon County, near Clinton). We have WONDERFUL prizes this year: over 150 regular baskets valued $35 to $90 with tix at $5/sheet, over 20 high-value items worth $100 to $250 with tix at $1 each, and 4 super high value items worth up to $1200 with tix at $5 each! NO ADMISSION! Lots of great food, too, like homemade turkey and roast beef sandwiches. Come out and enjoy our country setting, sit outside in our pavilion fully equipped with speakers so you won't miss a thing. Door prizes all day, and you don't have to be there for the basket drawing, you can drop your tickets and we'll call you if you win. Of course, you are always welcome to stay too. THANKS!!

Anonymous said...

She's not to low key..heard she was harassing Mr. Tricky Tray
years ago because her site trickytrays.com was getting beat by trickytray.com. Her site is now defunct.

Anonymous said...

It's a big world and there can't be too many sources of info to keep us aware of all the tt events that are out there. It's a shame there was a need for people to take it personal and drive anyone to the point of being 'defunct'.

by the way, what is the event date for Sacred Heart in Dover and St Mary's in Denville and a third Catholic School tt that are supposed to be on the same day? They've been mentioned in the blog but I can't find them listed in Events. thanks

Anonymous said...

19 Oct

Anonymous said...

Some events are held at locations with liquor licenses which isn't a problem except when some attendees get loud and beligerent. Think the Stanhope Deborah event is closing the bar during this years function as it was a problem in the past for them. I've also seen runners at byob type events that had too much wine and had problems tripping over chairs. The runner was giggling about falling down and the prizes were not harmed so I guess no harm was done. One function gave a free drink ticket in the presale ticket bundles. With more events being held by new and different organizations, there seems to be more alcohol involved.

Anonymous said...

I visted that site www.trickytrays.com about 2 years back, I had it booked mark. It was great just like this one. But it was fouced on HOW to set up tricky trays instead of when like this one. Its a shame it went down, lot of good information, which I wish I had printed out. I had gotton it from a friend who also used it. Doese anyone know of another site like it??????

Rumor has it she sold that site. I wonder if the new owners will provide information on how to correctly organize an event. This way we have less and less of those shotty events out there, where they are a waste of time and money to go to.

Mr TT can you add a rating system to the events you have?????

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Any rating system would be based on peoples opinions and that is what the blog is for. It would be to complex to add a rating for every event I post. But Thanks for suggestion.

Mr Tricky Tray

Anonymous said...

Like the posting on this blog says, its a crap shoot. One year its good, next year a different person runs it then its..less than good.

Rating won't help much. What I would do is put less ads, its too busy when trying to find links

Anonymous said...

Ratings by themselves are not helpful. Most people want to know price of tickets, how many trays/value of trays, how many levels, how many attendees et cet to come to the complicated decision which of the various events they would be happiest spending their money at. Special events with unique causes need to be explained while most events simply need to say "project graduation" or note which church school or fire department is sponsoring the tt.

Anonymous said...

Event date: September 15, 2007
Lakeland Animal Haven Tricky Tray. I enjoyed myself tremendously. The prizes were great. All new and nicely presented. I've been going to this one for over twenty years. I wouldn't miss one. Keep up the good work in helping homeless animals.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if anyone went to the East Orange PAL event in Newark?

Anonymous said...

I'm not too familiar with the geography of Southern NJ. I am looking to meet friends in the Hamilton NJ area for a tricky tray on a Saturday night. Does anyone know what tricy trays are in that area on Saturdays?

Anonymous said...

Netcong FD tt was great. Left me thinking people in general are buying more tickets trying to win something. The bear (carved by chainsaw) was a traditional large prize at this event and was super. The bear was over 5 ft and was carved so it could hold mums or other seasonal flowers.
Does anyone know if the bear carver has a website? These bears often show up in Sussex county tt's. I know - I'm asking the Netcong FD contact, just betting someone here might know

Anonymous said...

The East Orange P.A.L Tricky Tray was very good for a first time event and I hope that the people will continue to come out and support East Orange PAL Tricy Trays because they work very hard and you could tell because everything was very well set up and the host and the people helping were very nice.

Anonymous said...

Great Tricky Tray yesterday(Sept 22) in Milford PA, at Del Val High School. Great trays and grand prizes and friendly volunteers working there

Anonymous said...

The East Orange PAL Tricky Tray was fabulous....over 300 trays and approximatley 280 to 300 people attended. Lots of fun and plenty of food, drink and tt winners. Beautiful facility, and decorations were very colorful. TT were very valuable...upscaled prizes...top of the line....flatscreen tv, air conditioners, gas grills, ipods, mp3 players, dvd's, framed art, money trees, silk flower arrangements, bikes, a host of gift certificates, air line tickets and much...much...much more. Great evening!!!!

Anonymous said...

I went to the tricky tray at the Cultural Center in Newark, NJ for P.A.L. Let me tell you. It was one of the best tricky tray's I have ever went to. The cost of the tickets were reasonable, and the prizes were great!! I ended up winning a kitchen aid 12 cup chopper and a ski trip!!! There was so many other prizes, camara, ipod, airline tickets, luggage, gift certificates, and so much more. I hope they have another one next year because I can't wait to go again! Highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

Friday night was nice...the food was great, the people were great and everyone was very polite...I am glad that it was going to a GREAT cause...keep you the good work

Anonymous said...

I went to a Tricktray on Friday,September 14, 2007@15 James Street, Newark,NJ were Wanda Jones from East Orange Pal and Ann from Dover organized this event is was very nice well oraganized the food was good and they had floaters to bring the gift to the from,volunteers to issue ticket very nice event and crowd.I never seen gift like what was being raffled before very nice taste in gift.Head up I found out they would be having another event between April/March.Come on Come out very nice,it was so nice even though you didn't win and someone else did you was happy.I won A popcorn maker with movies and candy-the basket was called movie time.and my second gift was a satin pillow with sheets.

Anonymous said...

Hi TTers...A quick reminder about the 3rd annual Save the Animals Rescue Team II (START II) Tricky Tray, October 4th at The Cotillion in Garfield, NJ. We’ve taken your advice, and we PROMISE to be done on time this year! We have a lot more help, moved the ticket sales out of the lobby, and have 2 new callers to help move things along!

$30 includes dinner and starter tickets. Ticket prices are:

$4/sheet - $25 value (100+)
$5/sheet - $50 value (80+)
$1 each or $5/6 tickets - $50 to $100 value (60+)
$2 each - $100 - $250 value (25+)
$3 each - $250 / over

Our gifts include: Jets and Giants Tickets, $100 Home Depot Gift Card, $200 Target Gift Card, $500 AMEX Gift card, $100 Lottery and $50 Lottery prize, KitchenAid Mixer, Hoover Vacuum, Food Saver System, $250 Money Tree, 27” Widescreen Flat Panel TV, 32” Flat Panel LCD HDTV, Ipod, and much, much more!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the East Orange PAL Tricky Tray....

No, I didn't go because to be honest, I didn't want to be disappointed. I usually go to tricky trays in areas where I know they have their act together.

Whomever the organizers were on this TT, hats off to you - I judged incorrectly.

With all the great press here, I will be sure to attend next year's auction and make up the the year I missed.

De Lacy said...

I want to thank Wanda Jones and Ann for their unwavering commitment to the youth of the East Orange PAL. As the executive director, I am please to see Americans, Black, Latino, Caucasian, Asian and Natives, come out across racial, religious and economic lines to support OUR children. It was an honor to see the entire village working together. Many thanks to all of the volunteers, parents, vendors, and participants. You all did an excellent job! God Bless! Sgt. De Lacy Davis, East Orange PAL executive director.

Anonymous said...

Last Friday I attended the Tricky Tray event and boy did I have a good time. My mother-in-law had such a wonderful time. She can't wait for the next one. She is already planning for the event next year. I would recommend this Tricky Tray it was fun and there was prizes for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Last Friday I attended the East Orange PAL Tricky Tray event and boy did I have a good time. The money raised is for a good cause. This organization helps youth better themselves with the many programs that they offer. The money is well needed to save this valuable community base organization. The resources that an organization such as the E.O. PAL provides are needed and necessary. They help to give youth positive and constructive things to do while keeping them off the streets. I hope the Tricky Tray become an annual event for this organization. My mother-in-law had such a wonderful time. She can't wait for the next one. She is already planning for the event next year. I would recommend this Tricky Tray it was fun and there was prizes for everyone.. Thank you Wanda Jones for all of your hard work and dedication to our youth.

Anonymous said...

I discovered St. Joseph The Carpenter's TT this past Saturday nite, and it was a blast! TONS of gifts,lots of prize choices, and really competent organizers. I sat with some lovely folks, and ran into other TT.com ladies there. It was just great!

Anonymous said...

Thanks SHS of Dover for sharing your organizer this year and going with your second choice. Your organizer was proficient and assisted the eopal with our 1st event and it was a very successful evening.

We thank you for sharing and caring about youth.

Anonymous said...

???? Money Tree - I was under the impression that they were NOT allowed. Since they obviously have a montary value...

Does anyone know the answer to this? I have seen it one or two events but was told by one organizer they can get in trouble for having it, so that why they stopped doing it.

Disappointed 4 times said...

I did not go to the EOPAL -

I have been to Ann TT at and I have been very disappointed for the last 2 years. Big prizes where not that big and I ended up buying the packets and had tickets left over, because nothing drew my attention, too many prize area and the table color where too close together. Same old food pizza, hotdog, boring.........

The only reason why attend is because we belong the parish and try to support local events. I'm glad this year they have a different person run it. I'm already seeing things different in the church bulletin. My kids want that disney trip.

Looks like she gotton some help. I will have to attended the PAL event next time.

Anonymous said...

I ENJOYED THE E.O. P.A.L TRICKY
TRAY EVENT ON FRIDAY. IT WAS FOR A
VERY GOOD CAUSE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP OUR YOUTHS ACTIVE IN A POSITIVE WAY. TO Ms. WANDA JONES AND STAFF, JOB WELL DONE. LOOKING
FORWARD FOR THE NEXT EVENT.

Anonymous said...

Funny how Betsy was involved in the basket wrapping and setting up the past two years at the SHS TT as well as a matter of fact her whole family helped out the past two years Bestsy was totally involved in the Tricky Trays just an FYI

Anonymous said...

Haven't heard much chatter about St Theresa's tt. Do they have the same people running it? Normally the big prizes are fantastic. Just lots of levels and it takes a lot of ticket buying to get in on everything.

Anonymous said...

Just got the word on the Totowa Academy of St. Francis of Assisi TT this Saturday. If you have kids or grand kids, this is the one for you. The baskets are geared toward children...lots and lots of toys! Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Apparently, it's been a big success in the past, and it is highly awaited this year as well. FYI.

Anonymous said...

Got to watch out for St. Theresa TT.


They have 2 that I have noticed throughout the year.

One is very very good... the other not.

I remember from previous years that the really good one is in NOV.

Anonymous said...

Mark the date! Sunday, Sept. 30th for the annual TT sponsored by the Assoc. for Hunterdon Developmental Center. Location is the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ (easy access from 287). Doors open at 1:00pm.

Over 300 baskets covering 3 levels: $25 - $75, $75-$150, $150 and up. The baskets are incredible with a wide varitey of items. Last year I won $500 worth of gold coins to the Manor in Orange, NJ. Also several special prizes - laptop computer, trip, large screen TV, handmade bar, and more.

The event is very well organized and very professional. Ticket sellers and runners come to you. The event got so large that the location had to be changed!

$40 admission includes dinner and sheet of starter tickets. Well worth it!

This is a MUST for TT lovers!!!

Anonymous said...

This past Friday was my first time at St. Theresa's TT. They had presale tickets $5 a sheet/$6 at the door. Let me just begin by saying I hate presale!!! Anyway the prizes were OK. Too many prize levels - 5 or 6 I believe. I think 3 levels is good but 6 is too many. One of the special levels were numerous gift certificates worth $50. I like my regulars to be $50, not the specials. Boring hot dogs for sale. Oh and get this, they charged for coffee and tea IF you bought it before calling, after calling it was FREE. How stupid is that? Horrible day old cookies were free. I won't be back.

Anonymous said...

boring hotdogs are totally ok by me. Most people bring their own food if its such an important part of the evening for their group. Or they attend the dinner events.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if they sell hot dogs or not, but I do appreciate when they put thought into the cakes and cookies they offer. After all, I'm there to donate to their cause and have fun. I like to sit while they are calling and have a cup of tea and some good cake.

«Oldest ‹Older   1 – 200 of 426   Newer› Newest»