Saturday, November 01, 2008

About That Tricky Tray.. I Just Want To Say_Chapter 12 (Closed)

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Anonymous said...

The Bridgewater Animal shelter tricky tray was excellent. I absolutely agree with the above poster.

Anonymous said...

Ditto for me on the above!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Bridgewater shelter tt was great. I really enjoyed myself as did my table.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of any good tricky trays over the summer?

Anonymous said...

Regarding Our Lady of Mt.Virgin Tricky Tray....they're the "BEST" for a reason....As you said the prizes are better.And truthfully the prices are reasonable...all baskets are GREAT! And the event runs smoothly & efficiently...It really is a great night..Can't wait til they post their date!

Anonymous said...

OLMV makes their calendar up in June for the 2009-10 school year. Stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed Mt. Olive last night! The caller was also good. She kept things going right along -no breaks, no inside jokes, just read the numbers and she was clear with the numbers. Food was good as well and they managed to get some good prizes even though donations are down all over the Tricky Tray world. Good job.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to the Joey Bella tricky tray? There is one in July and it is a hour's ride for me. I wanted to know if the prizes were nice.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster. Joey Bella is really nice, great prizes but get there early, I am usually 1st to 2nd in line and there are alot of people that go to this one.

Anonymous said...

Went to 3 of them this weekend starting Friday night in Branchville for the Auxiliary. Something pretty fishy happened, they had a grand prize of a TV and they didn't call the last #. All of a sudden the caller started jumping up and down that she won. There were a few other issues with some of the other bigger prizes but the prizes were much better than last year, but I think with what happened I will not return next year(oh by the way I didn't have any tickets in for the TV. Next was Saturday in Hawley for WANES PTA, OMG I swear I knew it was children welcome but freekin watch your children! They were running on the bleachers climbing the bars and running into people. Definately not enough prizes to go around but nice stuff just the same. Ticket prices were good, but when it came to to bike they called the # out and no one answered then called again and again. No one answered then they pulled another # close to that one and no one answered again. Then they pulled again and even though you need to be present to win they were going to go outside to ask the children who were playing if they had the #. I do love children I have 2 myself but have the parents watch their tix don't hold me up and the other people there. It took about 6 minutes to do the bike drawing. Overall I might go back next year.The next one was at Reeders yesterday for the Playgroups Inc. Awesome caller, they shook the tix and the best thing, she pulled out the bent tix since there were signs no bent tickets allowed. She put them on the podeum and pulled from the unbent tickets. This annoyed all the benders of course, but when you don't read shame on you. I will definately return next year and spend more money there.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if anyone was going to the June 6th tricky tray in Somerset? I was looking for some people that I could sit at a table with.

Anonymous said...

Went to Sayreville Friday nite...I finally understand the gripe against having little kids there...way too loud and underfoot. They even let the kids empty the tickets into the buckets for when a number was to be called...needless to say...it took a lifetime to call the numbers, and after some of the same folks kept winning over and over, and people started yelling to shake them up, the older man who was onstage and doing the calling, actually chastised the audience...PS, he still didn't mix them well, and natch, five groups kept winning alot. Not a great nite...our group was not impressed.

Anonymous said...

Went to Newton @ Sussex community college and pretty depressing. Spent alot of money, gifts were ok, nothing to write home about, but the callers kept changing which was a plus and kept it moving along. But get a container for pete's sake!!!!! Tickets need to be shaken for fairness to everyone not just some. Same numbers kept getting pulled and they barely mixed them up. Will not return next year.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever gone to the Spotswood tricky tray at the Knights of Columbus? I was just wondering what it was like.

Veronica said...

I was wondering if anyone has gone to the Garfield NJ tricky tray on Lanza Avenue - how is it?

Anonymous said...

I want to go to all the good tricky tray before the season ends.
Does anyone know which are the best ones?

Anonymous said...

Roxbury Ice Hockey always has a great array of prizes. Besure and get advance tickets for cost savings.
The Dover child care really do welcome children. Be prepared to be tolerant of overtired kids.
Our Lady of Mercy is pricey to get in but excellent baskets and limited attendees. St Huberts is already sold out so get on that one faster next year.
Wish the many good events that schedule for first Friday in June would consider spreading out so we don't have to choose. There are 3 other Fridays in June or even Saturdays. Are the organizers listening? Wouldn't you rather have more attendees and more money for your efforts?

Anonymous said...

RE: Garfield one on Lanza, good cause but the prizes are so so. I really don't want to knock it because as I said great cause but I wish they had better stuff for the price of tickets. I went to it for 4 months in a row hoping it would be better and unfortunately it wasn't. If you have nothing to do on that day please go to it, they really do need the money but don't get your hopes up on great stuff. P.S. I hope the organizer reads this: You shouldn't have increased your ticket price and admission because what you get made me stop going. I feel bad of course but still!

Anonymous said...

Dover is for a childcare center...lots of volume and crying from the toddlers last year...and spilled stuff on the floor. I'm too tired by Friday nite to deal with that...Roxbury sounds perfect.

Veronica said...

Garfield Lanza Ave Tricky Tray - I read a few bad things about it - is it really that bad... please let me know what kind of prizes do they have? I have only been to 3 tricky trays in my life - all at the boys and girls club in Clifton and loved it all three times - loved the baskets and stuff - I am not picky I just want stuff for my son <3 do they have a lot of kids items there? I would like to go to the Dover one on Friday night but can't :(

Anonymous said...

RE: Garfield one, the items come from attics and basements also dollar stores. The higher priced ticket items are from same place only bigger and the super is from mostly shoprite. I can tell you there are maybe one or 2 baskets at this one with maybe some pet items, but I'm telling you it's not good and I feel bad saying it but it is preety bad.

Anonymous said...

Went to tricky tray tonight in Roseland. Had a great time, great prizes but ticket prices were high.

Anonymous said...

Went to Spotswood last night and was not impressed. It was hard finding a seat because most of the tables were reserved and there were 1 or seats open at tables. The worst part was they had DOUBLE numbers. They used left over tickets from last year along with new ones. What a disaster! What they ended up doing was having a
2nd raffle with each duplicate marking each as A or B. The losing ticket got to pick from a junk table. The prizes were not so great either. I would pass on this one next year.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone go to the Dover event? What did you think?

Anonymous said...

Went to Spotswood also and disappointed. The tickets were overpriced for the basket levels.
They did not even offer a listing of the baskets.

Anonymous said...

We went to the tricky tray at Franklin High School in Somerset and it was wonderful. It was so organized. They had a nice buffet that was included in the admission.
The ticket calling was fast. Prizes were very nice. We are looking forward to next year.
Great Job!

Anonymous said...

Went to spotswood tt also. can you believe duplicate tickets about 20 times. the price of their tickets were too high for baskets. They weren't worth it. Some had 3 tickets in it. Gift certificates nice but how can you put $120.00 g/c with $5.99 dennys certificate and charge $1.00 ticket?? These ladies need to atten other tt's. Half the people said they wouldn't return next year. Didn't get out until 11:45 pm. Also my friend had won a few baskets.. out dated foods??? what a mess

Anonymous said...

we went also to spotswood and will not go back.Talk about being greedy, even had the nerve to charge $1.00 for a cup of coffee. It was raining outide and they made us stand there until 6:30. Went inside and had to pay for coffee. The prices of tickets were so overpriced for the cheap baskets.

Anonymous said...

Can you help an organization out that is organizing a tricky tray for a little boy with cancer?
Does anyone know who to contact at Disney World for a donation?

Thank You for your help!
Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Dover had some great baskets and reasonable ticket prices with loads of happy winners. The noise in the room combined with the mike not working was really bad. Yes there were children present but it was well advertised. Several around me complained loudly all night about kids and was the cause of our table not being able to hear numbers called.
The newly installed parking meter situation was unfortunate and the group graciously offered a large prize ticket to compensate. Maybe, possibly there is another location they could use next year?

Anonymous said...

Disney only donates to some organizations. Never to a single person fund raiser. Tax exempt certificate a must

Anonymous said...

Last night we went to the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter tricky tray at the Bethwood. It was our first time.
It was run very well and went smoothly. There were about 360 trays. We had a program. The callers did a great job and only called the numbers, which was greatly appreciated and made it possible to get out at 11:15pm. There was NO intermission...the way it should be. They had two callers!
We didn't win anything but will go back next year.

Anonymous said...

I also went to Blooingdale Animal Shelter and didnt have quite the same experience as the above poster. I always go to this one because it is for the animals. The prizes are always very very nice as they were this year. The prices this time were VERY expensive. They were pricey last year but this year was really bad. The value pak was $40 and you got 2 sheets of small tickets 1 sheet of medium and 1 large. I bought 2 value paks and that was not nearly enogh, but with the admission fee (dinner at Bethwood) I could not/did not want to spend more. Of the 2 callers, 1 was great just kept going. The main caller though, thought she was on stage. She even mention she would be performing on Tuesday if anyone was interested. Made comments about each prize and each winner, made comments to the runners, basically, she was unbearable topped off with her gravelly voice. After awhile it became very boring and people stopped paying attention which made it go longer. Im not sure I can bear this next year, between her and the prices, I may go to a different tt that day.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone from central nj going to the Joey Bella tricky tray?

Anonymous said...

I finally went to the Joey Bella TT. It is in a tent, but it was very nice. We could not park close,that was a bummer, but the gifts were fine. The mosquitos were a problem...the tables and chairs were placed on the grass, and with all the rain, I've got quite a few bites. I was very touched by the lady who ran it, the speech she made, and the cause itself. A great cause, and I am glad I could contribute to their labor of love.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Joey Bella TT on July 2. I have been going for many years and it seems to get better and better. The prizes were very nice and the event was well coordinated with free drinks and snacks. It makes me feel good to support such a worthwhile cause that helps families in the area. I hope they raised alot of money! Great Job to all of the workers!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Joey Bella TT was a success and good for them, it's such a worthy cause that we try to go every year. The rain stopped right as we pulled into the parking lot and had no further downpours. They managed to keep everything dry under the tent. I knew it would be kinda buggy there, so I made sure to use a strong mosquito repellent before I get there. It was crowded but I still managed to win 8 or 9 prizes, which was a surprise seeing the odds were against me. Will defiantly go again next year.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you! I think they do a great job - nice prizes, well organized, good ticket prices. Now if only I could come home a winner just once!

Anonymous said...

Purely rhetorical...why can't there be more TTs now? I am already missing my personal pleasure, and it looks like slim pickins till the Fall! Please blog onto this site if you know of any that are not listing with TT.com...I'd love to know there are a few more to go to. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Personally, I am happy that there are no TT's this summer. The last few I went to were so boring I couldn't wait for the night to end.
Sitting through the number calling is torture.

I think I've had it with TT's. You don't have to tell me....I won't be going to any for a long time, if ever.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the above poster. Too many Tricky trays out there to go to during the other months. It's nice to sit and have nothing to do every now and then. I have needed to do yard work for the longest time so I'm getting that done and then when they are back in season so to say then i'll pick and choose which ones to go to. I know much more now then before on which are good and not boring or cost way to much where I have to 2nd mortgage my home to go. Anyway to all the TTers have a great summer and see you in the fall. NNJ

Anonymous said...

I also miss the tt's and wish there were more in the summer.

Anonymous said...

PTA's and those tied to school age kids are not organized during the summer. Churchs, Fire and Rescue could certainly capitalize on the lack of competition and schedule during the summer. If you mention scheduling during the slow tt times at one of the nonschool events, the organizers look at you like you've asked them to change political parties. They come back that its 'traditional' timing and blah blah. Meanwhile we still have communities with 2 or 3 functions on the same night which reduces their fundraising and frustrate the diehard tt-ers.

to those who are bored - You make it sound like such a painful burden that it makes no sense that you are going at all. Exercise your right not to go. Find a new hobby that makes you happy! Your friends will be happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Hey everyone St. Elisabeth's Chapel
tricky tray is coming up July 29th. I don't think they have lots of tickets left but if you can go you should. Every year when we make suggestions they listen and change for the next year. After we complained about the location and apace they moved where they were having it to give up more elbow room. I don't know of many tricky tray organizers who listen to us all and really changes almost every reasonable suggestion we make. So I want everyone to enjoy as much as we will. Like I said I'm not even were tickets are left but it could not hurt to try.

LiveLoveLaugh said...

I attended the tricky tray at the Toms River Fire House last night. I found out about it on this site. I have never commented before. Just used the site to read other comments and find out about new events. Today, however, I am compelled to blog. I will start off by saying it was run exceptionally well, nice prizes, and nice people. I would probably be looking forward to their next event had the following not happened. I was having a wonderful time until the announcer asked who is here from the tricky tray site. Of course, I raised my hand thinking he would say thank you for attending to those of us. Instead I felt humiliated and attacked although that was probably not his intention. The people at my table commented to us was it you that put those postings up last year. He stated that he took our comments (which were negative) and made the changes and continued to announce what each change was. Since I didn't attend last year I knew nothing of what he was talking about but felt like the people at my tables attitude changed. I would just like to say thanks for taking what was a wonderful time for me and twisting it all around. For anyone planning on attending next year - word of advice don't raise your hand when asked if you found this event on tricky tray.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last blogger. I also attended the tricky tray in Toms River. It was also my first time that I ever went to St Elisabeth's. I also raised my hand and felt humiliated at his comments.

Anonymous said...

To the above 2 posters, thank you for letting me know about that. I usually never raise my hand at anything they say because they do not think before saying things. I'm glad I did not take the day off to go to that one. I've been there before and it was pretty nice. P.S. Didn't read or write anything negative before so I hope that person doesn't accuse me either. I cannot understand why they call it creative criticism if you cannot fix the problems that people have. If they are stupid issues then don't fix but the other founded issues fix! Such as an attitude you present. Think before you say something that might offend other people. Thank you again for posting your comments and I still will not take the day off to go there. Hope to see you both at the next few in my area NNJ.

Anonymous said...

I just found out to all who are going to the Andover TT tonight it is just for women only. It is for Sussex County Women's Forum. No where on this site does it say for women only! You have to go in and look at the websites events to see it and also look at the ticket prices. I can't get over how much they are charging for the tickets. I have been to some TT's that charge these prices but you get something in return like tickets with the price of admission and tea, coffee or something like that. I like to go with my 3 sets of friends husbands and wives but I will be going to Shoprite tonight instead of this TT so at least I get something for my money........... and the terms and prices are clear to understand.

Anonymous said...

Gee thanks for telling us about the Andover TT tonight. My husband and I were going to go. They just lost about $150.00 or more that we would have spent at this affair. Looked at their website and their prices ARE outrageous. Sometimes it's not so advantageous to be so greedy.

Anonymous said...

I just got back from the Andover event. They are raising funds to provide free mammograms for women who cannot afford them. They had a very nice TT; the gifts were novel, and they had no problem selling out the seating. I believe this was their first attempt, and it was a very nice evening. Many thanks to Mare and her colleagues for a job well done. I won several times, and intend to support this event again next year.

Anonymous said...

7/24/09 Tricky Tray at St. Barbara's Church in Toms River...I've been to worse (Pioneer Ladies Auxiliary, Brick), but just wanted to write a few comments. The caller was a little chatty, but very personable and she really mixed the tickets well after pouring them into a big bowl. Also, she didn't look at the bowl when picking, which I thought was good. I won a basket filled with various food items which I was thrilled about, but the thrill wore off when I got home. Many of the items were expired. Not just an early 2009 expiration, but 2006 and 2007. That to me is inexcusable. If you can't obtain fresh items, then don't make the basket. I appreciate that this blog is available so maybe others who are running Tricky Trays can learn from all these comments.
Also wanted to mention St. Elisabeth's Tricky Tray that took place on 7/29/09. The first caller took way too much time. I also thought the container they used to put the tickets in was too big with a narrow opening. It seemed too cumbersome and some of the ticket pullers look liked they were having a bit of difficulty. The big bowl that St. Barbara's used was a much better idea.
Other than that, very nice prizes with reasonably priced tickets. I will definitely attend again next year.

Anonymous said...

I had also went to the Andover event Friday and did not have the same happy experience that the above poster had. I think the prices were almost sticker shock and I did win 2 baskets. I would have purchased alot tickets if the prices were more reasonable and the strickly women thing has to go. I am not even sure if that is legal or not. My friend I went and she received many more baskets then I did and had a hard time carrying them out. So please rethink the above question and problem with cost and I might return to your next event. If not I'm sure there will be another event I can go to.

Anonymous said...

Trick Tray Event!!!

Sat October 10, 2009

Is part of Verona Fire Departments 100th Anniversary/Wetdown!!

20 or more great baskets!!!

We have a large kids basket, ipod with speakers, gift cards, candle baskets and more!!!!

Check our website for times of our event. The wetdown starts at 2 and we will be drawing tickets about 4:30!


Also come nad bring the whole family, large parade starting at 12, activities for kids, food, drinks, music and fun!!!!!

www.veronafd.org

Anonymous said...

Went to Wurtsboro Friday night and even though it was a little worse than last year due to the economy with the amount of prizes I felt as though the ticket cost for the prizes outside and the $5.00 table could have been more reasonable. I had won one basket and thought I had a better chance winning if the tickets were in a container being shaken up instead of stirred. Last year I won one also but not due to lack of tickets. I purchase alot of tickets so that is not the issue. To the people that ran that event if you read this post please listen to what I am saying about the container. When you hear shake em up that means shake them not stir them. I will probably come back again next year.

Anonymous said...

I'm in central Jersey...see several Pa. TTs...Is it worth taking that ride to find them? How many people generally are at these events? Are the TTs done like the typical NJ events? Are theere as many prizes and are the prizes of the same value? Any interesting gifts? Welcome input.

Anonymous said...

To the above blogger: You really have to go to one there. They are all different, some are crowded and some aren't. Prizes differ from each one and it's hard to say if they are comparable to N.J. Each one depending on the sponsor of each event can tell you how much the items are valued at or sometimes they post it. I would say if you are going to one there maybe even call them. I usually call them to see the aproximate prize value and the cost of tickets and way them out.P.S. I usually go to all the ones I can find, N.J.,P.A.,N.Y and even M.D. Looking forward to see the one in Florida when it comes back. Good luck to you at the events..

Anonymous said...

What TT's has anyone been to lately and which Fall ones are you going to attend?

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the Giving Network one in October - it was great last year. I won a couple of things, and it was well-run, so we got out of there in a reasonable amount of time.

Elizabeth said...
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Anonymous said...

Attended the Lakeland Animal TT this past Saturday. I want to be polite in what I want to say. I was disturbed by what I overheard by one of the workers to a attendee. He was told "why do I care if you do not come back next year"! Also I heard of one person that wanted to donate items for the tricky tray and was told they didn't need any more? I saw your prizes and they were nothing to write home about. I have went the past 3 years to it and always thought it was a great event. This year blew it. At my table alone we spent $425.00 in tickets alone not including the sodas chips etc... I was also upset they were not using a container to shake them up in until someone got them a pot and lid. When he asked if he could help her shake them up, he was told to GO SIT DOWN! I couldn't belive I heard that. I can say without a doubt I will not be attending next years and I know the people I sat with will not also, so I hope you won't miss out money next year. You lost alot of good paying people.

Anonymous said...

I was at Lakeland Animal last year and I heard some things and decided not to go again this year. Its a shame too, because I purposely go to animal charity events.

Anonymous said...

I was at the Lakeland Animal TT and was very disappointed. I was looking for a fun night out with friends and it wasn't. The people that were running the TT were not friendly and were not excited about the TT. It seemed like it was a bother to them. It is a same b/c it is for the animals. First we couldn't hear the numbers and the caller kept getting annoyed. I almost fell asleep and couldn't wait to leave. We were taking bets how early we would get out. This was by far the worst TT ever. It really is a shame that a fun night out was ruined. The prizes were nothing great. It looked like old attic stuff and dollar store. Not going next year. The animals are the ones that suffer.

Anonymous said...

The Lakeland Animal TT was NOT very good and I will not go back even though I won 8 prizes. Three of the prizes I won looked like they had been in someone's basement and smelled of mildew...tossed them as soon as I got home. When I first got there they couldn't find my pre-ordered tickets (80 bucks worth) made me stand there while they went through the tix once and then told me mine weren't there, when I explained they had to be there as I already checked online at my bank account and it showed it was cashed, they had no answer. I kept asking what they were going to do about it and no one had an answer, so they just brushed me off and started helping everyone else in line, basically ignoring me. It was both annoying and embarrassing. There is no excuse for how they treated me. Finally I spotted my name on a pack so I just took them while they were busy with other people. The caller acted as if this TT was the last place she wanted to be, no enthusiasm, and until my friends husband literally went into the cafeterias kitchen and dug out a pot for them to shake the tix in, she was just swirling them around...she was also looking at them before pulling. Also saw some very disturbing behavior from some of the tricky trayers too. There was a group of people who had two boxes of lucky charm cereal and proceeded to toss them all over their table and throw them in the air whenever they won. The area and floor around their table looked like a bunch of two year olds had just had a food fight. To me, this was totally unacceptable, and adolescent. Who do they think is going to clean up their mess, they sure didn't, as I watched them get up and leave it all there for someone else to clean it up. This was the second time I have attended their tricky tray and I can assure you I will never go again...even though it's a good cause.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Tricky Trayers!
Thanks to the pp who liked our tricky tray last year - hope to see you again next month!
Hoping for some input as we get this year's Giving Network Tricky Tray rolling - what higher end ($100 and over) prizes do you hope to see this year?

Anonymous said...

I am interested in doing an auction that I saw at Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser in NJ. They sold bags of 10 little tickets that you opened up and revealed a number and if it had 00 then you won that prize. Any idea how to find those little tickets - someone said they are called jardos but I cannot find anything anywhere.

Anonymous said...

This is my first time as chairperson for a tricky tray. I am wondering what prizes people want the most? I also am having difficulty figuring out how organizations get trips donated. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help!

Anonymous said...

Nice job Wallkill Valley Football for a 1st tricky tray. You can tell you had real tricky-trayers planning/running it. Quality prizes, good prices, well organized, good caller.

Ronnie said...

Thinking about going to the Clifton tricky tray this Friday - anyone else?

Anonymous said...

I have seen people comment that they liked "Dynamic Callers". What do you feel makes a caller dynamic?

Anonymous said...

has anyone been to the one at Warren Cty Votech school? They are hosting for the Big Bros Big Sis. for $25 entry, i was kind of wondering if it is worthwhile to go to that one.

Jackie T. said...

I'm looking to host a Chinese Auction/Tricky Tray for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Flemington, NJ and could use some advise. My idea is to ask a service club at the high school to help me out and hold the event at the school in the beginning of December. My specific questions are as follows:

1. How should I or the students solicit donations from local businesses?

2. How long should the auction be open before the numbers are called?

3. Do i need to offer door prizes and if so, how does that work?

4. How much should I sell the tickets for and in what increments?

5. Do I need places for people to sit?

This is just the things that I can think of. Any other advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

~Jackie
jet5034@psu.edu

Jackie T. said...

I'm looking to host a Chinese Auction/Tricky Tray for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Flemington, NJ and could use some advise. My idea is to ask a service club at the high school to help me out and hold the event at the school in the beginning of December. My specific questions are as follows:

1. How should I or the students solicit donations from local businesses?

2. How long should the auction be open before the numbers are called?

3. Do i need to offer door prizes and if so, how does that work?

4. How much should I sell the tickets for and in what increments?

5. Do I need places for people to sit?

This is just the things that I can think of. Any other advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

~Jackie
jet5034@psu.edu

Anonymous said...

Have you ever been to a tricky tray?!

Your questions can be answered if you take the time to go to tricky trays yourself.
Some of your questions are so elementary...such as "do I need places for people to sit?" Dah!

Personally, I don't think you are ready to take on this big task yourself.

Anonymous said...

Verona Fire Department 100th Aniversary and Wetdown!!!!

October 10, 2009
Parade-12-2
Wetdown/tricky tray- 2-6

Verona Community Center Verona, NJ

16 Baskets with items including:
Ipod
Altec lansing speakers
Black and Decker items
Crayola
womens baskets
mens baskets
2 Isxflags tickets
circus tickets
bath and body items
Candles
and more!!!!

Tickets are $8 for a sheet of 10, $25 for 40 tickets and $50 for 100 tickets

For more information check out: www.veronafd.org

Anonymous said...

Wow, whoever responded to Jackie T. wasn't very courteous. Lighten up...she was looking for help to run a great event. Regardless of your reasoning, you were unnecessarily harsh.

Anonymous said...

To the above poster: 1st amen. 2nd to Jackie, please take the time out to go to one of the TT's. Pick one in a populated area and with no admission. Buy some tix and stay until the end. You will probably need at least 4 hours but it'll be worth it when your event goes smoothly. I am an avid TTer and I can tell you when your event does not go smooth we will let you know on the spot. So please do yourself a favor and go to one.

Anonymous said...

I attended the TT at the CLifton B&G Club this past Friday, and while it was a nice event, here's a heads up for organizers of TT. At this event there was a greeen ticket prize level that had two types of the same colored green tickets. The first was a smaller lite weight series that began with the number 3, and the second group of green tickets were on a larger and much heavier weighted paper; these begane with the number 1. I like to write down the numbers as they are called, and what became very evident was that the lighter weight green tickets were being drawn much more frequently than the heavier ones. To make matters worse, those of us who bought the pre-packaged tickets all had the heavier weighted green tickets. My point is this...please buy enough tickets for a prize category that are of the exact same series, weight, and size. Statistically, any difference in the tickets really does make a difference in the what is selected.

Anonymous said...

I went to a tricky tray in Denville last night at The Church of the Saviour Episcopal, the event was efficent and the food was good but the prizes just sucked. Almost all the lowest tier were horrible and even atleast 1 or 2 in the "super" tier I didnt even think would be appealing in the low tier and find hard to believe the made up "value".

Anonymous said...

I really don't understand what the weight of a person has to do with whether it was a good tricky tray or not. You make no sense with that comment. Now children running around causing havoc is whole different story. I don't think they belong at these events. It's not fair to expect a child to sit through what can sometimes be up 3 to 4 hours long. And I find it very inconsiderate of parents who let their kids spoil everybody else's time by turning lose their little munchkins.

Anonymous said...

I attended the West Paterson Fire Dept. tricky tray that was held at hte Boys & Girls Club in Clifton on Friday night - we won 3 baskets which was nice. Prizes were cute, wanted the big screen but didn't get it :( Always a ball!

Anonymous said...

To Dear Philip,

Let me say I am not obese but yes many people in America are overweight and for you to be the national voice of the thinner people in the world SHAME ON YOU! How can you even be so rude as to do this here. Go preach weight loss on the street somewhere else! I say maybe next time since you are so upset with the heavier people you need to go to the mall or something like that. Stay away from the TT's and leave the extra seats for my heavier fellow Tricky Trayers that I love as family! STAY HOME!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What an asinine thing to say Phillip. Who are you to belittle another person on their physical appearance? This blog is to discuss the likes and dislikes of the actual tricky trays we all attend. Can you please tell us how heavier people attending this tricky tray had anything to do with the quality of the event? Did they bring in the prizes? Did they shake the container? Did they pull the numbers? Did they do any of those things that makes a good or bad tricky tray....or was it just you had to look at them? I'm thinking you must have a little self esteem problem of your own if your so fixated on other peoples body proportions.

borogirl83 said...

Hey which event historically is better Wounded Warrior Project in Hardyston or Mount Olive High School Cheerleaders in Flanders?

Anonymous said...

To Pete I mean Philip,

Maybe you should blocked your website from the blog. I hope no one purchases any of your items. You are dirt....

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone!

I'm new to the world of TT. I just joined the PTA for my school and we have NO money at all. It's very depressing. I thought this would be a great idea to raise money for our elementary school. If there are any organizers that could please give me an intro, do's and don'ts, good prizes, bad prizes, how to get prizes. It would be greatly appreciated. please email me.

lauralilyan@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something? Where is the initial "Philip" comment that has people pretty upset? MAybe Mr. TT pulled it already?

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Hi Everyone,

Yes..I did remove..it made derogatory references to obesity. Next it would have been Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Asians..etc..I think everyone gets the picture. I will not tolerate posts of that nature on this blog.

If you don't want to ever miss a post..sign up with user name (which is still anonymous unless you use your real name)and you will get an email for each new post.

Wishing Everyone A Lucky & Safe "Fall Tricky Tray Season"

Mr. Tricky Tray

Anonymous said...

I went to the TT tonight at Hamilton Colonial Volunteer Fire Company. This is a review of the evening:

Pros: upper prizes were very good and there was a decent amount of good prizes, free coffee/tea and cake, audio was good, served refreshments throughout the evening, and ample seating.

Cons: started at 6 pm and we left at 11:30 pm and the 50/50 and $100 bill hat were not even called yet, too many low quality baskets consisting of used books and puzzles and other basement/attic junk, no list was supplied of what the baskets were or what was in them to refer to while the 300+ low level baskets were called.

The emcees were proficent but with the extraneous amount of baskets it made the event drag on.

Anonymous said...

Where to start... hmmmm ok with the TT on Friday that was in Linden for the Library. They over sold by over 100 tickets and I'm being kind with that number. Every and I mean every table was reserved for the people they knew. There were no table for any of us who bought 2 to 6 tickets unless you knew them. They had to put up extra tables in this room where there was no more room. I'm talking about tables for over 100 people. They were defiantly going against fire codes. You want to hear there reasoning... Get this. They knew they sold and over sold but they didn't think everyone was going to show. Did you really think at least 100 people were not going to just show? I'm sure the number was closer to 200. Doors opened at 6 they were suppose to start at 7. At 7:40 people were still online outside waiting to get in. It gets better so the guy doing the calling was suppose to be mayor or use to be the mayor. The workers say if he says it's ok then you can't do anything about it. I'm not so sure the fire chief would think the same way. You could not make it from your seat to the door in a safe manner for sure. It was all about greed! The prizes were nice and the ROTC kids really over worked themselves. I really just don't understand how they get away with it. It really was not a safe or enjoyable night. Everyone was so stressed to find somewhere to sit and then they didn't start calling numbers until after 8.

Anonymous said...

I am annoyed more then mad. I want you to read this Mr. TT I'm not blaming you I just want you to know what happened. The posting for the TT United Church of Christ
in Riegelsville, PA for today. So a bunch of us drive from NJ at least a hour and a half away to get there to be told that it was a basket bingo not a TT. Everyone said they didn't post it on tt.com didn't know what we were talking about even showed them the print out and was told "Well what would you like us to do about it!" It was this over priced bingo with there 20 prizes in Longaberger Baskets. We had no interest in this. They started at 2 not 2:30. They didn't have any of the prizes you had listed on this website there. It really was a waste of a good day and I some how think they duped people to get them there. They have had tt's before and they know how good the turn out was so they posted it as a tt. I know it's hard for some people to believe a church would do this but they do it just like other people would. I think the worst part was that no one would man up to doing this. Mr. TT I don't care what kind of events they have again I would hope you would take this into consideration and not post anything for them anymore. There were other people there who drove in from NJ and they were told the same as us. You knew who they were because they would walk in look around and stare at the 20 little prizes. SO IF ANYONE CARES A BASKET BINGO IS NOT A TT! THIS SITE IS FOR TT'S unless you now are promoting that as well. If you are then these people should be honest. I'm sure someone is going to claim oh it was just a little mistake. It wasn't there was intent here. Also everyone who got up early drove out there. Our time is just as valuable!

Anonymous said...

I attend the Colonial Fire Company Ladies Aux. tricky tray I thought they had a huge assortment of prizes and it was a very good evening. They had a very good turn out and the food in the kitchen they where selling was a very good menu of items. Free coffee and cake was very nice also. I was very happy with this tricky tray and who ever ran it did a very good job in getting prizes and running the event. I like when there are alot of prizes more to win.

Anonymous said...

The Tricky Tray for the Giving Network was really great last year. I see that they are doing another one on Saturday, October 24 at the Manville VFW. And this year, they have advanced admission so I'm getting that out of the way ahead of time. The event was really well run and they had good food. I liked the assortment of prizes--lots of businesses donated to them too.

Anonymous said...

Went to oxford first aid squad TT tonight. Was looking forward to this for 2 months. Large assortment of prizes. bought a lot of tickets. Very upset with outcome. Last year very well ran. Had one person to SHAKE the tickets in a closed container. When there tonight saw open container with no lid, The tickets where dumped in and mixed. I brought this to the attention of one of the workers and was told "there are no rules". And they had plenty of suggestions. I will take my $100 and go elsewhere next year. WILL NOT RETURN!!!

Anonymous said...

We attended the Camp Auxilium TT in Newton last night. It was our fourth time. I didn't win anything but my friend won 4 baskets and my other friend won a bicycle. The caller was quick and professional... no stupid comments. The 50/50 was $1880.00.
The FREE refreshments consisted of cheese and crackers, fruit salad, veggies and lots of sweets! The sheets of tickets were only $4.00 each. No Admission charge! No dumb door prizes to waste our time! No intermission either!
We had a great time again and will be attending again next year.
These organizers certainly know what they are doing. I wish more TT's were run like this one.
Oh, by the way I have no affiliation to this group.

Anonymous said...

Went to Jackson Ice TT tonight and
was very disappointed.They charged $15 admisson and all you received was one sheet of tickets for cheap gifts. They even charged you $1.00for a cup of coffee. The first level prizes were not so cheap they would have even been bad as door prizes. They other levels were so over priced. Would never go again.

Anonymous said...

RE: Basket Bingo

i think it is okay to post events related to tricky trays--that have a tricky tray compomant--but t should be made clear in the ad what kind of event it is

Anonymous said...

I have 1 extra for Castle of Dreams tricky tray on Thurs.,October 15th.The event is sold out.My sister fell and broke her hip and can't attend.The cost is $45.00 and includes a chicken dinner.If you are interested in buying please contact me at esipos@comcast.net
Thnaks,Elaine

Anonymous said...

Sorry that you traveled all that way to find a basket bingo but you can't seriously believe that they purposely duped anyone. The last thing basket bingo people would want would be carloads of duped and irate tt people showing up. But someone did provide the false details ...
Mr TT will know where that posting info came from

Elizabeth said...

With reference to the Giving Network Tricky Tray on Oct 24th in Manville, thanks for all your advice here - we're looking forward to seeing you all!
updated info is avaiable at:
givingnetwork.bravehost.com

FYI - Advance admission is still available for a few days (and you can reserve a table for 8-10) if your check is postmarked by Oct 15.

Anonymous said...

I'll be attending the Castle of Dreams TT on Thurs. for the first time and have a question for anyone who has attended in the past. If the doors open at 6:30 and the drawing starts at 8, to me, an hour and a half seems to not be enough time to eat dinner, buy tickets, peruse the baskets and make your selections.
How did it work out last year? Was it enough time? Thanks in advance for your responses!

Anonymous said...

The Castle of Dreams auction is the best! This is the 3rd year we will be attending. You have an hour and a half to put your tickets in the basket. They usually start serving dinner at 8 and start the auction at the same time. It usually ends between 10:30 and 11:00. They move pretty quickly. It is a really nice event for a great cause. Hope you enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

Went to Castle of Dreams last night and although I thought it was an amazing tricky tray, i have two complaints.Right before they started calling baskets, when there was little to no people near the baskets, I saw an older lady putting her tickets in the containers, then picking them up and shaking them and sometimes sticking her hand in to stir them around. I brought it to the attention of the lady in charge and she completely dismissed my concern. Low and behold, the older lady won numerous times. Maybe it was luck, maybe not but heres my thing: if you do something thinking it gives you an advantage..its called CHEATING. I dont care how harmless you think it is, but doing something to make yourself have a better chance to win is CHEATING. You may have won lots of prizes but I believe in karma and what comes around goes around my friend. It also put a dmaper on my night that it was just blown off, like who cares. And there were bent tickets in the containers and believe me, the caller was in no shape to disgard any bent tickets. Which leads me to my last complaint..maybe we should keep the alcohol consumption by callers to a minimum. He was absolutely awful..loud, obnoixous, self absorbed. Telling jokes that were not funny about each and every basket. If i wanted a comedy show, i would go to one, and with this guy..i'd ask for my money back.
BUT...the tricky tray was one of the best i have gone to and the cause was great. Next year i will bring even more money and my ear plugs!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comment regarding the Castle of Dreams Tricky Tray. Please email us at castleofdreamsar@yahoo.com as we need further information regarding your complaints and whom you addressed them with. In the three years that we have held our event, this is the first time we have received a negative comment.

Anonymous said...

Our table had a great time at the Castle of Dreams event. This is the second year we attended and it was better than the year before! We would rather have a comical emcee than a boring monotonous one at least it is more entertaining than the other ones we have attended. They keep attendance to a minimum and have a great selection of prizes and the money goes to a good cause. We can't wait until next years!

Anonymous said...

any body going to have a small portable battery operated digital tv at their TT as one of the prizes?

Anonymous said...

Great job at the OLMV Middlesex Harvest Moon Basket Raffle ticket sale last night. It was cold and rainy so they put numbered wristbands on people as they lined up and let them go to the school cafeteria for coffee or go wait in their cars or wherever they wanted to while mainting their spot in line. I guess there's a reason that they win top Tricky Tray in NJ every year!

Anonymous said...

Re: Castle of Dreams TT this past Thurs. night. It was my first time attending and I thought the prize selection was good and the dinner very nice. But...I do agree with the above poster. The caller was extremely LOUD and obnoxious. It's one thing to be funny and entertaining, but this guy was far from it. For many attendees, it was a work night, and for the caller to add inane commentary before calling every number, just made things drag on. Everyone at my table was clearly unhappy with him. In other TTs that I have attended, if there are a lot of prizes, they change the caller. Castle of Dreams should consider this for next year. Better yet...don't use this guy again. It was just pure torture. Also, several times he was confused about what item number was next. Yeah, alcohol is a really bad idea for a caller to be drinking.
Additionally, I was surprised to see that the containers had no covers on them. I did not see what the above poster saw (the old lady sticking her hand in), but having open containers surely can lead to cheating. I have heard stories about people sticking their hands in and grabbing a handful of tickets and put them in another container so that they have a better advantage of winning. I also have heard of people grabbing tickets and just throwing them away. I was shocked, but apparently there are people who find all sorts of creative ways to cheat. If someone from Castle of Dreams reads this, please consider using covered containers next year.
Other than that, the event itself was well organized, ticket sales went smoothly and it was very nice that they gave small consolation prizes to the people who did not win anything.

Anonymous said...

I attended the Canfield Avenue School Tricky Tray in Mine Hill on Oct 10. The prizes were great as usual and so many that it makes your head spin. However......the tickets were drawn ahead of time as the bags were picked up at the tables. Now, when that happened in the main auditorium it was okay because you could see them, but when they were drawing the special baskets in the halls you couldn't see what was going on. Not really a good thing. I realize they were trying to expedite calling, but when you can't see what's going on it makes you wonder. Just some food for thought.

Anonymous said...

Did anybody go to the Pet Adoption League TT last night?

philip seymour hoffman said...

Went to the Sisters of Christian Charity Tricky Tray in Mendham last night -- supposedly the last one they will ever hold. My review is mixed.

For 2004's best Tricky Tray, I expected a lot more. There were two prize tiers of 100 prizes each. The bottom tier's prizes were almost all completely useless and repetitive junk.

A lot of repetitive junk again among the upper prize tier, with a few bright spots.

The grand prize tier was not even worth getting tickets for. They were afghans, wooden chests, tickets to go to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a big stuffed animal Blue's Clues dog -- that show hasn't been on TV in three years.

Also, the $5 entry fee did not include any tickets -- but a gift basket that contained a mug and a handmade fabric thing to hold shopping bags. The mug is appreciated.

The refreshments were good. The layout of the event was also good -- no narrow aisles that obese people could block entirely.

The audio was great and the overall technical prowess of the event was superlative. A big screen projected a power point presentation that showed each prize as its number was called. If only the large majority of the prizes were worth looking at...

The calling and prize distribution was exceptionally efficient -- calling out over 200 prizes in less than two hours. The second caller in particular was a very funny nun.

Overall, this event had the potential to be great, but completely dropped the ball when it came to the most important thing -- no, not funding a good cause -- the prizes!

-- PSH

Anonymous said...

Regarding Castle of Dreams Tricky Tray.Wonderful event for a good cause!Great prizes,beautifully displayed.My one complaint and the complaint at my table and the surrounding ones was the loud,time wasting caller.I have been going to tricky trays for years,some bad,some great,but this was the very worst caller I have ever seen or heard.We all had headaches and had to hold our ears shut as he was screaming.It was a shame he was allowed to call the entire night. What a show off!!!

Anonymous said...

Concerning the Giving Network Tricky Tray in Manville this Saturday, Oct.24 -- are there still tickets available? Also, how many baskets do you anticipate?

Elizabeth said...

Hi!
Giving Network Tricky Tray will have tickets available at the door; doors open at 6:30 this Sat at the Manville VFW.
We've got about 175 baskets - pretty good odds of winning, as we only anticipate about 200 people attending!
Hope to see you there, and good luck!

Elizabeth said...

oh, and even the lowest level of baskets are minimum $25 value, so hopefully everyone will be pleased with the quality of the Giving Network TT prizes!

Anonymous said...

Was at the Pet Adoption League's TT on Friday night - really nice prizes and I won a couple !! I think it was a sold out crowd from the number of people there. Hard to get to all the baskets at times and some rude people there pushing. Thought it was well put together and will go again next year.

Anonymous said...

Pet Adoption League TT was a great event as usual. The prizes were great. I do agree with the previous comment about the prize setup. They are 2 and 3 deep and it's very hard to view them and move the line. There is a lot of pushing and shoving. Maybe an even larger event site would be the answer. I know they do their best to get every one in but it is crowded. The food option is nice also. The event is always sold out.

Anonymous said...

"The layout of the event was also good -- no narrow aisles that obese people could block entirely."

Was this seriously a comment?????? Whoever wrote this is an ignorant ass and is probably as ugly outside as they are inside. Shame on you!!! Why don't you post your name to stand by your comment?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how many ticky trays there are this weekend! Can't wait to hear all about them.

Anonymous said...

TT for St. Joseph School in Newton was held at Sussex County Fairgrounds this year because they had outgrown their auditorium.
It was my third time attending this event and I finally won a prize! The 100 regular trays are valued at $100.00+ each. The 50/50 was $1700.00
They had at least twice as many people attending this year.
The free refreshments were plentiful and good quality. As usual they had no admission fee. I have no affiliation with this school. I found out about it 3 years ago on TT.com.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Giving Network Tricky Tray in Manville last night. It was very organized, there was hot and cold food to choose from (free), and they had goody bags. The workers were very nice and friendly and the callers were clear, loud, and QUICK.
Most people won at least one basket; the ratio of people to prizes was definitely in the attendees favor at this one!
Already looking forward to next year's and ondering what those 50/50 sellers will dress up as NEXT year!

Anonymous said...

Friday night I went to the Newark Bait TT in Union, as last year had a blast, also cash bar is always a great idea. Great selection of prizes and very friendly workers. Just a quick suggestion in regards to the cash bar, please do not make the tickets so close in color. When the people at your table have a little to much to drink it makes it hard to watch your tickets and the people at your table. But great time. On Saturday went to the VFW in Washington N.J., o.k. this was your 1st TT that's fine but when people are saying shake em there's a reason. You were pulling the same #'s time and time again. It's frustrating when you spend your money and don't get anything but a door prize because the tickets were not mixed well or even shaken. But overall good prizes and prices were very reasonable. Then the last one was Sunday at the Holy Ghost in West Easton PA. This one ticked me off. Prices were good and the items were excellent but when they were pulling tickets they shook them up and down in an open container and didn't mix them up. They were pulling mostly the earlier ticket #'s and also the 10 minute break turned into almost 25 minutes. I cannot express how much it annoys me and several others when you do not properly shake the tickets. I will base my purchases in the furture on how the tickets will be shaken and pulled. I know it's all about the cause but still when it's my money and with how much I am spending you could at least make it fair for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Bonafides Saturday in Basking Ridge. Very nice people and given that it was storming, they let us into the foyer, which was spacious...and dry! The gifts were nice, and the only negative comment I have was why the man who was calling numbers decided to literally scream out the numbers in the latter part of the evening. Clearly he thought he was exciting the crowd, but he was so amazingly loud that our entire table was wincing at the volume.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Giving Network Tricky Tray in Manville on Saturday Night (10/24). Lots and lots of beautiful baskets -- and nearly everyone I saw won at least one!

Lovely set-up: round tables with tablecloths and comfortable chairs, goody bags and dessert treats at each table, buffet with hot appetizers, cheese and fruit trays, veggies, and AMAZING desserts as well as hot & cold beverages -- all included with the $15 entry (which also included a sheet of tickets) -- quite a bargain!

The 50-50 sellers were hysterical ("Mother Nature" and an unidentified inflatable critter -- you had to be there...) and the callers/pullers were fast, fair, clear, efficient, and funny! Friendly staff and crowd as well.

Definitely one to catch again next year!

Anonymous said...

Went to the TT at the VFW on Saturday night, Oct 24 for the Giving Network. It was pouring rain. Once we got in, things went great.
I was surprised at how many baskets there were! And the prizes were nice, too! It was really organized.
I don't really get why the 50/50 ticket sellers were dressed up (one as Mother Nature and some weird ostrich costume) but it was kind of funny.
The callers were clear and quick. I think we were finished before 9:15pm; it was great!
I won an "Elite" basket, enjoyed some great food, and had a very nice evening. I'll definitely go to this one again next year.

Anonymous said...

Any other word on the St Joseph TT in Newton Friday night?

Anonymous said...

My friends and I attended the Autism Speaks tt at the Bridgewater Marriott. It was a well organized event. The prizes were nice - lots of restaurant gift certificates. Just a couple of suggestions to make next year's event even better: forget about the first level (there were less than 40 prizes and if you bought the ticket package, that included 3 sheets!), change the pricing on the pink level ($3.50 per ticket is a strange amount and a little high - there were over 60 prizes in that level), move the top prizes and silent auction to the ballroom so the other prizes can be spread out a little more.

All in all, a great event for a great cause!

Anonymous said...

Sayreville Main St Theater Comp

was supposed to be tonight as per an ad in the Star Ledger. I like this one since I am disabled and its not too crowded.

i avoid the larger events because of the people ripping their tickets at the prize table and going against the flow of traffic..causing major delays--i can't stand that long and using the wheelchair is less convenient..

so i check their website...Nothing

i check TT.com--nothing-

io drive a half hour tehre--and--nothing...just a sign on the door saying it was postponed until March....

Now--because I am disabled-I am low income-i don't have money to waste--on gas and tolls--not to mention time..i am mostly housebound--it is a major endeavor to get out of the house....

I understand things happen...but they could have at least posted a message on their website..and I know tehy have used tt.com in the past--they should ahve tried to get a message here

Anonymous said...

please remove the comment about the obese people and aisle blocking

Anonymous said...

WOW ... went to Our Lady of Mount Virgin's event last night and WOW ... I see why they win year after year. That was, without a doubt, the best tricky tray I have ever been to. The night was so well organized ... all the workers had on the same shirt, the different prize levels were clearly marked - orange tickets, orange table cloths, orange bows, orange signs clearly stating the rules (ie no bending of tickets). I never had to go more than 2 feet to find someone selling tickets - lots of volunteer workers. Whoever organizes this event is amazing. The prizes were good quality - digital frames, ipods, beautiful theme baskets ... a cruise, a Disney Vacation, airfare and hotel to anywhere ... 50/50, super 50/50 - those winners went home VERY happy. OLMV also gave out FREE coffee and tea, FREE soda and water, and FREE absolutely delicious desserts. Kudos to the kitchen workers, they were very helpful and friendly. All in all, it was a wonderful night and I can't wait to go next year. I'll be very surprised if OLMV doesn't win again this year. Their tricky tray far surpasses any other event I have been to.

Anonymous said...

Went to the TT at Our Lady of Mount Virgin last night. They did a good job. Things were extremely organized. They said they were going to call the first level of prizes at 7:30 but when the saw the line wouldn't be finished by then, they kindly waited. After that, things ran very smoothly. Supringly with nearly 200 baskets -- four levels of prizes, the night ended a little after 10:00. They had two large 50/50s. The caller was audible and the ticket screen was large and easy to see. The workers were all over and easy to spot in yellow t-shirts. Our Lady of Mt. Virgin-please post the ticket sale date for all next year. I don't want to miss it.

Anonymous said...

I was also at the OLMV TT last night and, while I agree with the above posters on some points (lots of volunteers, different levels well marked, quick & audible calling), I have to say I was disappointed. I personally couldn't wait to see how fantastic the "Best Tricky Tray" was going to be.

It appeared they sold around 350-400 tickets, yet there were only 200 prizes to be won. Do the math - not good. I also felt that even though the baskets were very nice, the ticket prices were on the high side. Another TT pet peeve of mine is starting the drawing late. Although the poster above me referred to it as "they kindly waited" to pull the tickets until everyone got through the incredibly slow-moving lines for the first level baskets, I don't see it that way. I got there exactly at 6:00 p.m., got my tickets, ripped them BEFORE I got in line (hint, hint) and got going. I was done by 7:15 p.m. and ready for them to start the drawing at 7:30, as were a TON of other people. Heck, they didn't even cut off ticket sales for the Level 1 baskets until 7:45 - 15 minutes AFTER they were supposed to have started the drawing!

Don't get me wrong - we had fun, won a couple of baskets (4 baskets between the 8 people at the table) and had a couple of laughs, but all in all, it was a little disappointing. I guess not everything can live up to the hype....

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CASEY

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or try calling a place called RESTAURANT DEPOT (NJ)

Anonymous said...

Went to the St. Cecelia's TT last night - very well organized! Lots of prizes - out of 10 people in my party at least 5 won! Over 300 baskets plus nice sized 50/50 pots. will definitely hit this one next year.

Anonymous said...

CASEY

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Anonymous said...

Hi all,

If anyone has baskets they are looking to unload, let me know and I will come get them (if not too far, I am in Long Valley.) Please feel free to email me directly at kccollins@verizon.net. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone go to the tricky tray in Lavalette on Saturaday and see that woman that had the flu and wore a face mask? I could not beleive what I heard her telling the people at the door. I turned around and left. If people have the flu, swine or any other, they should stay home

Anonymous said...

Just got home from the Helen Morgan TT in Sparta. I didn't buy any specials. The regular prizes were very nice. The caller was terrible. I wish organizers would learn to just call tickets. We don't need to be entertained or hear every teacher's name that wins. I have nothing to do with the school. I'm just there for a night out and to maybe win a prize, not for a comedy act. I'm sure he's a wonderful guy, but next time just call the tickets!

Overall, it was a very nice Tricky Tray. Nice prizes and fair prices. Good job.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Hi Everyone, there was a mistake on todays Monroe Saints - East Stroudsburg PA tricky tray. Doors open at 1pm and event starts at 3pm
(not 6:30 & 8:00)

Sorry

Anonymous said...

The last few years many events have fixated on putting all prizes in baskets.
Some prizes work very well being contained in a basket. Those prizes that come in their own boxes, do not need to also be put in a basket.

Anonymous said...

St. John Bergenfield to benefit Boy Scout Troop 139 was OUTSTANDING!!! Over 300 baskets, everyone left with something. Very well organized and every prize was top quality. Bought a STUB SACK, fabulous holder for all the ticket stubs and it came with 2 sheets of level 1 prize tickets.

Anonymous said...

Went to tricky tray this weekend and it was very strange. The organizer won alot of the gifts and the big 50/50. I was wondering if this was legal. Has anyone seen this happen before?

Anonymous said...

Went to Port Jervis Humane Society TT this weekend. I had noticed the event getting crowded about 1 hour through. The sign in the gym said maximum capacity 522. There is a reason it says that!!!! I do love the charity and would do anything for any animal group, but when it comes to the safety of others that's where the line was crossed. There were way to many people there well over that amount by 200 at least. If there had been an emergency many people would have been at least hurt if not worse. I will not return next year unless they follow the law. The only thing hurt here are the animals from the people that will not go back.

Anonymous said...

I agree it seems more and more I'm noticing that the organizers and their friends are winning the "good stuff"

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the Ross Street tricky tray? We went last night and will not attend again. Half the prizes that they used to have and no big ones. The price was good and food as well. That was the highlight of the evening. I know it's hard work, but no one even attempted to get prizes.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Ross St. School TT last nite...I thought the gifts were nice, reasonably priced,but I too heard from past attendees that this year's event did not compare favorably with last years. It was a nice nite out, though,and the organizers were lovely.

Anonymous said...

we went to the port jervis deerpark humane society tt,was one of the best we ever attended, great baskets,great raffles,impressive gift certificates ,very helpful staff.when asked was told this was their first tt. can't wait for their next one.

Anonymous said...

Workers are allowed to put tickets in. Just who ever gets the liscense can't put in for prizes. I too see it happening alot but remember the parents are the big spenders. I went to one and they were sitting by me. One woman spent $300.00.

Anonymous said...

I too went to the Ross Street School TT. will never attend again. First level was terrible. Two bags of chips and Dora The Explora cookies. Two Cordial glasses and 6 pieces of candies. Shame on you. You charged $15 to get in, you should of used that money for buying gifts. The other levels were terrible also. One nice gift $200 g/c. Second level had a duffle bag? Third level had a bike? 1st level is usally less than 50 dollars but not less than $20. Second level is $100 or less. Third level more than $100. No effort put into it at all. WE were 11 people and now 11 people will never attend again.

Anonymous said...

I am organizing a TT event in a few months, and was wondering if anyone could share with me some advice on what you are looking for as far as big ticket items. I want people to be excited about the specials, most of the tricky trays that I have gone to lately seem to have lackluster top tier prizes. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Mr. Tricky Tray said...

Hi Everyone.. It has been a very busy tricky tray Fall Season. Unfortunately I have not made it to one all year with work schedule & Deadlines. But glad to be working! I will be posting the Vote for Best Tricky Tray of 2009 at the end of December. In the mean time..for organizers..Harold contacted me and has extra tickets for tricky trays..info below if interested. Take Care all.

Our organization sponsored an event with a tricky tray auction. We purchased tickets from Auction-tix and have about 4,000 sheets of tickets which are unused. We would be interested in selling all or a portion of these unused tickets which come 30 to a sheet.

Harold Klein

Downtown Millburn Development Alliance

Telephone: 973-379-2341


Email: hklein@downtownmillburn.org

Anonymous said...

Potential large prizes - Laptops, GPS units (go w/name brand) LCD or Plasma TV's always cause excitement. Simon Mall GC's (good at any RockawayMall store) are a nice prize and much easier to carry home then a big screen TV. A full set of colored bathroom towels or bed-in=a-bag for various sized beds. Digital cameras or gaming systems - the Wii system paired with the WiiFit program is still fantastic prize.
Lately I've been to several events that had discount coupons as main prizes. Really bad - Its no prize if you think you won $100 GC only to find the fineprint that you have to spend $250. Several small business's are providing these discount offers and there are those in the community that would be happy to win them. Please, make sure that it is clearly noted that a purchase is required and consider that it is a discount and maybe shouldn't be put out there as one of your super big prizes.

Anonymous said...

Didn't feel well and stayed home the last couple weeks. We used to have posts by midnight just sharing how events went. Lately the posts have been way down. Are fewer people showing up?
Making me wonder if the economy has taken the thrill off going to tt's. hellooooo is anyone out there, and did you win?

Anonymous said...

went to the Hackettstown Centenary college event last nite. There must have been 300 people there...that was after I was told that last year's turn out was much smaller. Nice idea having lots of different foods to buy...also their first level gifts were nice. I wish there'd been alot more bigger items...and some diversity...otherwise to the prior poster...the economy is apparently good in Hackettstown. Nice evening.

Anonymous said...

Went to St Peters Tricky Tray in Perth Amboy this evening. Was so disappointed in the look of the prizes on the tables that I just turned right around and left.

A few things like small statues, crocheted doilies etc.

Tiny tiny hall too, if you could call it a hall.

So very disappointed.

Anonymous said...

St. Peter's tt is more for the less fortunate who live in that area. They get to go out and bring there little ones with them. Prizes are not valued at more then a dollar for the most part. Everyone there is very nice and it really is a good way to get the people in that community to get out and do something fun. It probably should not be posted it on here.

Anonymous said...

A small tricky tray in a community that isn't wealthy can still be good. They just have to do their homework. Ask some of the larger ones how to get the big prizes. The internet is a good source as well. And if you just have it once a year local merchants are more willing to donate as well.

Anonymous said...

To all bloggers,

Enjoy Thanksgiving Day! Best holiday wishes to you and your family and friends. So far,
2009's been a great year for Tricky trays!!! Here's to those of you who share a smile, a kind word, and cheer when others win. You're the best!

Anonymous said...

I have a question about the raffle tickets. I was at a tricky tray and saw someone take sheets of tickets out of her bag. IS it possible that someone can purchase their own tickets and bring them in a tricky tray. Is there a way we can stop this from happenning again?

Anonymous said...

Went to the St Michael the Archangel Tricky Tray in Lyndhurst this afternoon. Should have a vote for worst Tricky Tray of the year. First off the address is wrong on this site. Lady we spoke with told us was at the Social Center. There were at least 4 other people that arrived at the same time as us so I don't think we could have all been mistaken. We had to call the rectory to find out that it was at the senior center down the block. Could not even move once you got inside. Tables and people cramped everywhere. Definite fire hazard. They advertised over $5k worth of prizes. Level 1 and 2 was absolute junk. No program, no estimated value of the gifts. A flat screen was the same level as a snowman lamp and they were the bigger prizes. They had someone seating people since every table in the place seemed to be reserved then kept asking after they seated you why you are sitting there if it was reserved! Never have I been to a more unorganized event! No rules on bent tickets and the guy before me bent every ticket he put in. They kept saying it was the last year they were having it. Sure hope so since don't think anyone would go again!

Anonymous said...

It is kind of hard to bring your own tickets unless you know what colors they would be using and the ranges. Most organizers know the range of tickets. Maybe she bought them and was taking them out of her purse. You can buy the tickets at any party store. That would be rather low to bring your own tickets though.

Anonymous said...

events have left over tickets from the year before that get added to new supply. That gives quite a few number ranges and colors of legit tickets and less people pay attention to monitoring that than awarding prizes to bent/torn/raggedly torn tickets. Because committtees don't pay attention, cheaters can bring with them a stock of 'extra sheets' just in case the colors match up.

How many events do you see bins of extra tickets sitting around unwatched at the end of events? When leftover tickets are offered to other fundraisers, how often do you think they make sure the tickets are going to legit committees? Cheaters do not have to buy bundles of sheets or rolls of tickets. Sometimes they pick up extras offered in this blog, off freecycle or at garage sales. TT cheating fever can be caught while working as a volunteer for one fundraiser. It's really sad what people in line will tell you about how they manage to cheat at charity events. Somehow its ok because its perceived to be victimless crime as the fundraiser does raise funds someone has to win all those prizes. And then stressed committies get all uptight that no one would ever cheat at their event. Bernie Madoff had no problem taking money from nonprofit organization - of course there are cheaters at tricky trays.

Anonymous said...

to the Nov. 21st person wondering where everyone is. My friends and I, who are all avid tricky tray goers, have come to several conclusions this year regarding the events. Last year we started keeping track of different things about the different events. We also noticed that we have been going to less and less tricky trays and it is not due to the economy. The first reason we have slowed down severely is because there are many many more "dinner" events costing $25 or more just to get in. We do not need the chicken dinner and quite frankly dont even like the big fat piece of chicken. We would rather go somewhere else and spend that money on tickets. We appreciate a snack bar where we can purchase hot dogs chips etc. We would even rather bring our own than go to a chicken dinner. The other really BIG problem has been that all the events seem to have HUNDREDS of people at them. It makes it virtually impossible to win, its so crowded that its not even fun anymore. Seems like organizers try to cram as many people as they can into these places and then charge high tickets prices on top. We have been gravitating towards the tricky trays that have no dinners and especially ones that LIMIT the number of people. The greed of the organizers, between the ticket prices, entrance fees and number of people jammed in is driving "high rollers" like us to find something else to do with our time and money.

Anonymous said...

and to the person who saw someone pull tickets out of her bag. I buy all my tickets right away and put them all in my purse. I take them out level by level so I don't get mixed up or drop any along the way. So maybe the person you saw was indeed cheating or maybe you saw me, who keeps my tickets in my bag.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Strengthen Our Sisters (SOS) TT last nite, and want to share that everyone should watch for next year's event AND SCHEDULE YOURSELVES TO COME! This group deserves your support.
Before I start, please know that I am not a SOS member, just someone so touched by the humanity, dedication, humility and consistency of what they do. I go to many TTs, and while all are worthy organizations, SOS changes the lives of abused women. You can feel the spirituality of its members, the hope in the eyes of its residents, the fervor of its supporters. SOS holds such a special place in my heart, I felt compelled to share these feelings with TT.com bloggers. We all attend TT's to find some enjoyment in our day, but how much more special was last nite's event because of the quality of SOS and how it helps vulnerable women revive their lives and once again find their place in society. My hat is off to SOS, Sandra, Lauri, the Board and staff...thank you for having your TT. I will be wtih you again next year.

NJsharon said...

I am so psyched right now! I went to the Animal Protection League tricky tray in E.Brunswick. Well I won the Toshiba 40" LCD HDTV!!!!!

No other prizes all night & then they called MY number!

So I am a very happy camper right now!

Anonymous said...

Here's a sad one for the books. At a TT in November, I put tickets in a civil war book basket, and thought it would be a great gift for my elderly father-in-law, who loves history. So, today I start to wrap it, and happen to open the cover of a nice hard cover book, and what did I find? "To dear Cameron, hope you enjoy this book, etc.; and, the note was dated "1986".
Organizers...you cannot let this happen...it is not fair, and it reflects poorly on your event. I was shocked! and I will think twice about going out to Hackettstown next year.

Anonymous said...

New Years Resolution: We (table of 10) have decided to bypass all dinner tricky trays in favor of the lower priced admission or bring your own food events. We are going to put our money into tickets instead of unnecessary food.

Anonymous said...

I was just looking at the upcoming tricky trays. There are so many nice ones on the same day!

It is a shame they can not coordinated so they can be on different days.

Anonymous said...

To the 12/23 'table of 10' blogger - I'm with you!!!! I love when we bring our own treats. You can eat when you want to,and you can have what you like. I know some folks like to have a night out with dinner, but when it comes to TTs, I am so much happier ( and so should the organizers) when I have extra money to buy more tickets!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to advertise the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Tricky Tray on February 5, 2010. Last year it was a complete SUCCESS. We have worked really hard to make it as successful, if not even more successful. We are only selling 300 tickets to allow for (hopefully) more winners for each basket. It is bring your own food and drinks (sorry no alchohol due to the event being held in our school). Last year we had two 50/50 one over $2,000 and the other almost $1,000. This year we are going to make it just ONE grand 50/50. The event is listed under the events on the TT page, but there are also other events this night going on as well. I've never been to any other TT listed on the date we are having ours, but I would invite anyone who is looking for a FUN, GREAT night to attend! More information is on our website www.edisonpublicschools.org/tjms

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