Friday, May 31, 2013

Less than 12 hours!

Well folks, it is less than 12 hours before the sale is due to start! How exciting is that????Someone emailed this morning to say that they heard our sale being talked about on the radio on their way to work. That is pretty neat!

All the directional signs are clean and organized and loaded in the truck ready to be put up first thing tomorrow morning. And when we say first means first thing. Cooler is ready to fill with ice and drinks. Sandwiches made, watermelon ready to be sliced and veggies and dip for snacking.

The neighbourhood was a bit ominous this evening as everyone was busy preparing for the big day. Wandered over to a neighbours and looked at their preparation for the sale.

They have even organized a changing room in the garage for customers to try things on

Puzzles anyone?

Those sail boats on the right are very nice...64 Pepler

Gardening stuff anyone?

Now...let's talk about the weather....the reports are a bit grim at the moment but showers in the morning amounting to 1mm doesn't sound extreme. There are some people that do rain dances. Does anyone know of someone that does sun dances????Maybe we will get some intervention and East York will be missed all together. That is all we can hope for. Fingers and toes crossed. We will be setting up as scheduled. Obviously everyone can do whatever they want but I will be posting tomorrow to keep you informed. If it is bad, we will commit to putting up all the signs on Sunday. Feel free to comment on the blog.

Time to finish pricing and hit the hay. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Hubby and I putting up the last of the banners tonight

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Days and Counting!

Fantastic news folks! The East York Mirror has given us our own article in this week's paper! How fantastic is that? Thank you East York Mirror for helping to make our community event a huge success!

Now, back to the weather...The Weather Network and Accuweather are pretty well saying the same as yesterday. We know it is going to be hot, ranging from 26 to 29 degrees with a real feel as high as 31. They are saying a couple of showers or thunderstorms. Thunderstorms normally take place in late afternoon as I have discovered over the garage saling years. Hopefully, that will hold true. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.

Can we talk about Safety at our sale this year?

Talked to the Toronto Police at 54 Division. Spoke to Ingrid Hannah. She is our Crime Prevention Officer. If you have any questions, feel free to call her at 416-808-5429 or email at

Last year there was some police presence on Chilton Road. Apparently, there was an attempted car theft. Hannah also told me a story about a household having a sale and had a clothing rack in their driveway by the side of the house. The rack was shielding the side door. Thieves went in the house through the side door, which was unlocked and took the owner's purse. SOOOOOO......Hannah was kind enough to give us some tips to keep us safe during our sale.

Had to throw this picture in. Where does one get a "Garage Sale Goddess" t-shirt?

Safety tips from Officer Hannah

  1. Lock all doors as people get distracted easily.
  2. Purse and valuables should not be in plain view.
  3. Carry a fanny pack (yes we discussed how old fashioned they are) or something similar to carry your money.
  4. Do not accumulate large amounts of cash. Put excess cash in the house.
  5. Make sure you have enough people to assist you on the day of the sale.
  6. Greet people and make eye contact with them as they approach your sale. That makes them less likely to steal from you.
  7. Higher priced items should be closer to the house, not at the sidewalk.
  8. Don't accept large bills due to counterfeiting.
  9. Keep the buyer's bill out until you give them their change and then put the bill away. That way they can't say they gave you a 20 instead of a 10.
  10. Do not allow any strangers in the house for any reason.
  11. Put your garage sale package terms of sale notice up that says "cash only", "no returns" and "final sale"
Well...that is it for today! See you tomorrow

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Three Days and Counting!

The Golden Triangle Garage Sale is almost here! As you travel through the neighbourhood, you can see people hauling things out of the garage and preparing for the big sale. Banners and signs are being erected to make sure that everyone knows that the sale is happening this year.

Colin D'Mello from CTV broadcasting live in 2011 from the Golden Triangle


Now, before we go any further, we should talk about the weather. The Weather network is saying that Saturday will be 26 degrees feeling like 31 and there is a chance of thundershowers. Accuweather reports that the temperature will be 29 degrees and that there will be a COUPLE of showers and thunderstorms. My take on all this is that we are going to have a wonderful day and then, around 3 or 4 pm we will experience some thundershowers. That would be quite nice so that we can all get cooled down after such a hot day and successful garage sale. I will post daily from now until sale time to keep everyone up to date with how things are looking.

There are a few people to look for during garage sale!

Frank at 56 Warland usually grows herb and vegetable plants from seed. I have tasted crop from his plants and it has been very tasty. Prices are awesome!

Yasmin at 33 Pepler will be having a huge bake sale. She usually has a BBQ and sells soft drinks as well. ALL of the proceeds go to Wellspring. Yasmin really knows how to bake!

Michael, owner of the Leslieville Cheese Market on Donlands will be at 60 Pepler Avenue giving out samples of his nationally recognized grilled cheese sandwiches. Can hardly wait to try one out!

And, as usual, Dennis and the Salvation Army Truck will be at 60 Pepler Avenue from 1 to 4pm on Saturday to help take care of the leftovers. This will be the 9th year running that Dennis and the Salvation Army have supported our event. Thank you Salvation Army!

If anyone knows of other special spots to look for during garage sale, let me know and I will be happy to post them on the blog.

Back tomorrow!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Salvation Army Notice Correction!

The Salvation Army bags went out yesterday with a notice attached for the Golden Triangle Garage Sale. Chris, from Chilton Road, called today to bring to my attention that some of the notices had June 2nd as garage sale day and Salvation Army Truck day. It is and was supposed to be June 1st.

Deepest apologies for this mistake. Please pass the message along that the Garage Sale is June 1st, in case anyone is confused.

Thanking you in advance.