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:

http://gsalr.ca/garage-sales-ottawa-on.html

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! :)