Saturday, 16 July 2016

4th Annual Super Centretown Garage Sale!

When is the Super Centretown Garage Sale?

Saturday, September 10th 2016 from 9 am. to 3 pm.  It is always the first Saturday after Labour Day. There is no rain date.  

Where is the Super Centretown Garage Sale being held?

The Ottawa sale is in the area bounded by Wellington Street in the North, the Rideau Canal in the East, Bronson Ave. in the West and Catherine Street in the South.

How do I find the sales?

On the days before the Sale, click on this  GSALR map  and zoom in to the Centretown area to see a map of some of the vendors. Not all vendors have listed themselves on the map.  Look for signs and check #supercentretown for other locations.  Tweet locations so other buyers can find them too!

I'm a bargain hound, how do I get to Centretown?

Queensway exits at Kent, Bronson and Rochester.  Free Weekend Parking downtown
If you can avoid driving, all the better.  From the East, OC Transpo has bus routes that will drop you off on the Transitway on Albert Street.  From the West, they'll drop you off on Slater Street.

VENDORS: Are you a resident of Centretown?  Do you have stuff piled up in your closets and basements you want to turn into $cash?

On Saturday, September 10th 2016 join other residents in the second Super Centretown Community Garage Sale. As well as being a fun and environmentally-friendly event, sellers are asked to voluntarily donate 10% of their proceeds to the Centretown Community Health centre, a non-profit organization that works hard to provide primary health care services and social programs to Centretown residents. Set up your sale in your driveway, yard or lawn!

How can people find out about my sale?

Put your garage sale on the GSALR map.  Any time after August 20th, simply click on "Add a Sale" and follow the instructions.  It takes just a minute. Your sale will pop-up automatically on a nice map of Ottawa the week prior to the Sale. Last year, we had dozens of sellers do this and it worked wonderfully.  Centretown is a big place and anything you can do to let the buyers know you're selling will help. Other things you can do: put up signs at street corners.  Just remember to remove them at the end of the day.
Use the hashtag #supercentretown on Twitter on the days leading up to the sale. On the sale day itself, you can tweet special offers and offerings.

I'm ready to sell my goodies, any rules I should know about?

Great!  Here's the stuff to remember:
  1. Don't obstruct sidewalks or streets.  Selling in parks or other public areas is illegal, you'll get a ticket.  Selling baked goods are fine but any other type of prepared food requires a permit.
  2. Clean up after the sale is over.
  3. Enjoy yourself!

Who's organizing it?

This is a grassroots Centretown effort.  Most of the work will be done by the sellers.  I've picked the date, set up this website and will be putting the word out.  Other than that, the rest is up to you!  If you have ideas, drop me line at I'll need help making posters and putting them up; generating buzz and eating donuts. What's wacky?
The Weirdest Thing Contest.  Win a box of Suzy Q donuts after the sale.


The Super Centretown Garage Sale is a community grass-roots event. Therefore your participation in the Super Centretown Garage Sale (whether as a vendor or a buyer) is at your own risk. Behave sensibly folks, default to kindness. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Vendors: Put your garage sale on the map!

If you're going to take part in the Super Centretown Community Garage Sale, how do you let people find you?

This is a pretty neat website that will help:

It puts your sale on the map, literally. Listings are free, it takes about a minute to add your sale and no registration is needed.

Note:  I have no connection with gsalr.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Spectacular treasures from trash

Maybe on September 7th, you'll be as lucky as the five people who discovered real treasure at a humble garage sale as described in this article:  From Trash to Treasure.

Excerpt: "Teri Horton, a truck driver, bought a painting for only $5 that she claimed was “ugly.” Hortan had intentions of throwing darts at the painting for fun. The painting turned out to be by famed abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Horton’s response to finding out  the artist was “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?” She is now on a quest to sell the painting for $50 million dollars. She has been offered as high as $9 million."

If anyone has a Jackson Pollock painting they want to sell, I will certainly take it off your hands for five bucks.

Why this date?

I pondered hard on this one.  I didn't think it'd be a good idea to hold the sale in spring because that clashes with the big Glebe sale.  Fall seemed a reasonable alternative - weather still good and people are pumped from their holidays.  Labor Day weekend came to mind but I thought hmmm, some folks might still be away on vacation.  Also, this is prime moving time for students, coming from out of town.  Moving vans and garage sales don't mix well.

So after bouncing the idea off friends, I chose the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend.

Tips for Garage Sale: Sellers and Buyers

This is a pretty exhaustive list of hints and tips for vendors.

And on the other side of the coin, in-depth advice for buyers.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Why a Super Centretown Garage Sale?

You probably know of the Great Glebe Garage Sale.  Believe it or not the Glebe's garage sale has been going for 35 years!

It's a hugely successful annual event that also raises money for charity.  But it's more than just a bargain-hunter's paradise.  It's also a way for people to meet their neighbours, get some exercise and just have tons of fun!

So why can't we create the same kind of vibe in Centretown?  I realize it takes time to build something on the scale of the Glebe sale but hey isn't it time we gave it a shot?  And think of all the great junk we've let sit unsold for 35 years! :)