Alternatively, we might consider buying a large quantity for a fairly low price (ie - a box of assorted merchandise for $15 or something like that).
I would like to stress that our convention is not-for-profit, and aside from the price of the cost of the badge, it is completely free to come to these events and compete for prizes. Any donations received will go straight into the prize pool, not into my or anyone's personal collections or sales posts. I have been a semi-active member of pkmncollectors for at least three years now (though I've not been very active for the past year), and have nothing but positive feedback. I got the approval about this from a mod (Gin in fact) a couple of months ago.
Anything in my sales post that isn't sold or traded away by March 15th will get thrown into the prize pool as well. I have a few plush, some kids figures, TCG tins and coins, and a bunch of rare cards.
Thanks for your time, pkmncollectors!