Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bake Sale for Charity at Garage Sale

Every neighbourhood has it's heroes and heroine's. The Golden Triangle is very fortunate to have Yasmin Burt living amongst us. Yasmin is a fourteen year cancer survivor and has spent most of those last fourteen years giving back to society in one capacity or another. She is a very special person indeed.

Yasmin in 2005

Just one of her acts of kindness is to produce an amazing bake sale every year at 33 Pepler Avenue during the Golden Triangle Garage Sale. she has been having the bake sale for over 10 years. Last year, she raised just over $800. All of that money goes directly to her charity of choice, Wellspring. By the way...the food is very, very tasty!

The Wellspring mission statement reads as follows;
"To create the best programs to meet the psychological, emotional and educational needs of individuals and families living with cancer and deliver those programs to people in Canada." It is important to know that all of the programs at Wellspring are free. You can learn more about Wellspring on their site at

Yasmin and helper, Cam in 2008

Let's help Yasmin out...Yasmin would welcome any home baked donations for the sale to help with her cause. Please contact Lynn @ 416-230-5800 for details.

Yasmin and Lynn, 2011 Garage Sale

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Looking for "Special Treasures"

For 22 years, Community Care East York (CCEY) Senior Centre has held a fundraiser called the Candy Cane Magic Sale. The donations for this bazaar come from local residents and businesses. The sale includes a silent auction, bake sale, crafts, knitting, white elephants (typical garage sale items), special treasures, and a luncheon. The sale will take place November 10, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the event go to support the CCEY Senior Centre located at 1108 Greenwood Avenue (at Cosburn) in the lower portion of the Cosburn United Church. The centre provides a wide range of programs and events for seniors and adults living with disabilities in the East York area. The CCEY Senior Centre is a part of Woodgreen Community Services, a United Way agency.

One Golden Triangle resident and long time garage sale supporter, Barb McCutcheon, is in charge of  Special Treasures this year and has asked for our help with donations. Special treasures are things of a better nature than your average garage sale items like those listed below;

  • Figurines
  • Collectibles, Depression glass, Bunnykins, etc.
  • Music boxes and Snow globes with music
  • Jewelry
  • Bone China cup and Saucers
  • Crystal objects e.g. vases, wine glasses, etc.
  • Silver - serving pieces, tea-sets, etc.

Last year's Special Treasures Table and Volunteer

Happy Volunteer with China Cups and Saucers

Here are a few words from Barb and the volunteers at CCEY;

" We'd love to see the residents of the Golden Triangle Sale have a wonderful and successful garage sale, but if at the end of the day, they have items left over that would be suitable as Special Treasure items, we'd love them to consider donating to the Candy Cane Magic Sale which supports programs for this community."

You can bring your donation items to the centre Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. if you do not have a means to drop off your donations, please call me (Lynn) on my mobile at 416-230-5800.

Silent Auction Table

The silent auction featureed over 200 donated new items last year. If you have leads or donations for this table, please email Barb directly at

Please note that the centre is NOT asking for regular garage sale items at this time as they do not have the storage. They will be accepting these items closer to the sale date and encourage you to donate.

The centre is open to people 50 years old plus and adults with disabilities. Membership is free. If anyone requires additional information about the centre, the coordinator is Katharine Ho at 416-467-1166.

Costume Jewellry table with yet another happy volunteer

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Garage Sale Wedding Story

During the 2010 Golden Triangle Garage Sale my daughter, Vanessa, and I decided to take a stroll up and down the streets of the annual sale. We came upon Bob and Yvonne's house and they had a rack of fur coats and stoles for sale.

Yvonne and Bob Participating in Garage Sale

Apparently, Yvonne's father used to love to buy fur pieces for her and her mother. They had many different types of fur. Vanessa fell in love with a mink wrap and a mink stole but only had the cash on hand to purchase one of them. She made her selection and left the stole on the rack. Vanessa said that fur was very fashionable at the moment. Who would have known.

On the Monday after the sale, I called Yvonne to see if she still had the the mink stole and she said that she did and that she would sell it for $20. A bargain, I thought. So, I went over to visit Yvonne and paid for my purchase. She told me that the stole had belonged to her mother.

The stole got wrapped up and Vanessa received it for Christmas later that year. She was very happy and surprised to have the stole that we found at garage sale.

So, all of this takes us to the Fall of 2011. October 15th, to be exact. Vanessa got married and quess what she wore over her shoulders on that beautiful day? You've got it. Yvonne's mother's mink stole. Vanessa looked totally amazing and happy that the Garage Sale Stole was part of her wedding.

The Bride and Mother of the Bride

The Bridal Party

The Happy Couple

Monday, May 7, 2012

Neighbourhood Notes

Hello Everyone in the Golden Triangle and beyond. There are a few notices that need to be sent out;

1. GLUTEN-FREE PANCAKES looking for a selling location!
(Preferably on Pepler Ave, Rivercourt Blvd, Chilton Rd or Warland Ave).
Profits will go to CHARITY.
Roger Mloszewski would like to sell his delicious pancakes to hungry shoppers. Would you be willing to let him set up two tables in front of your house so he could cook on one of them and serve at the other? He will be self-sufficient for water and supplies and is currently looking for a two-element gas camp-stove or pancake-cooker to use or purchase. Roger at (416) 429-0146 and/or

2. A beautiful necklace has been found on Warland Avenue. Please contact Lynn if you or someone you know has lost this necklace. (Mobile 416-230-5800)

3. At present, we only have three street captains. Pepler, Warland and Chilton have been claimed and we await people to step up and help. The job is reasonably simple. We request that you count how many people participate in garage sale on your street and be available should Lynn need to contact all the participants of garage sale in a hurry on the day of the sale.