Monday, June 8, 2015

Garage Sale 2015 Was a Huge Success !!!!

Garage Sale 2015 was a Huge Success !!!

The weather was picture perfect. Everyone set up their tables and displayed their wares bright and early and then the people came.

There were quite a few sellers that were donating the money they made at the sale to different charities and organizations.

  • Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • Toonies for Tummies
  • The Amadeus Choir
  • Arise Shelter for abused women
  • Wellspring

Alex selling Lemonade for Toonies for Tummies

Kathy donating to Amadeus Choir which she sings in

The Arise Shelter for abused women

Ride to Conquer Cancer

Yasmin Burt is a very special woman ! She has a bake sale every year and donates the proceeds to Wellspring, A Lifeline to Cancer Support. People come from far and wide to buy her baked goods and things sell quickly. This year, Yasmin raised a whooping $733 !!!! Way to go Yasmin !!

There are also some wonderful people that volunteered their time to help with the sale this year.

Imperiel from The Salvation Army

Joe from Warland collects all the signs and banners after
the sale and has done so for years. 

The back side of my husband, Peter, who helps throughout the sale

My friend, Sheila, who starts at 8am and does not stop
until the Salvation Army truck is loaded up

A big thank you to the volunteers and to The Salvation Army !!!

Neighbours enjoying the weather and the sale. There are a lot of happy faces. It was so nice to see.
Probably the youngest person at the sale wrapped up

Chris catching a bit of shade

Dawn and Randy had a large crew at their house selling wares

This is the last year for the Garage Sale Goddess. She is moving into an apartment

Glenna and Isaak, who was a baby when they moved to the neighbourhood

Janet and Kaare

Joe and Karen's crew on Warland 

Maryanne, sister and friend being a bit cold in the shade. They were all bundled up

Momma Maragos

Ian MacPherson enjoying his first Triangle garage sale

Pascal very enthusiastic about the sale

Shannon with mom's new puppy. So Cute !!!

Trouble there

Chris and Shelley

A nice selection of shoes.

Sonya and Amanda

Ted - Mom and dad were busy trying to sell a fridge

Glenna and Valerie. The forever faithful

Yvonne and Bob

See you Next year !!!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Less Than 24 Hours to go !!!!

14 Hours until BLAST OFF !!!!

The banners are up. The lawn signs are up. The garage sale packages are delivered. Just have to put up a few more banners tonight and then all the directional signs in the morning and we are ready to roll.

It does not look very friendly out there right now but the skies are relieving themselves tonight so that they are clear and blue tomorrow. ZERO % chance of precipitation tomorrow !!!! That is the best forecast ever. Not too hot with a slight breeze. Perfection !!!!

Please remember your safety rules tomorrow

Lather up with lots of sun screen and wear a hat 

Call, email or text with any concerns.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Garage Sale Day !!!!!!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Only 6 Days to go !!!

6 Families raising money to support their Girl Guides @ 12 Wolverton Avenue !

The Girl Guides are fundraising for their trip to the 2016 Guiding Mosaic, an international Girl Guide camp with about 2000 participants. The camp is being held at Sylvan lake, Alberta in July next year. 2 leaders from their unit are taking 8 girls for one week of sightseeing before the 8 day camp. 6 families are contributing to the garage sale at 12 Wolverton Avenue where the girls will also be selling Girl Guide cookies.

Let's support our Girl Guides !! Drop by 12 Wolverton Avenue this Saturday to help them realize their dream !

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Downsizing Diva Gives us a Plug in their April Newsletter !!!! THANK YOU DIVAS !!!!

Downsizing + Moving Specialists | NASMM A+ Accredited | Professional Consultants on Aging | 
Karen Shinn and Gail Shields

Downsizing Diva is honored to receive the coveted NASMM A+ Accreditation, the highest level of professional achievement awarded to a Senior Move Management company for best practices, client services and business management.

Downsizing Diva is the only Canadian company to attain the NASMM A+ designationand we are very proud of this achievement.
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Let me begin by saying that the Diva are not huge fans of hosting garage sales! 

But, at least one Diva LOVES Garage Sale-ing because of the treasures she finds, the wonderful stories she hears and the interesting people she meets who are out-and-about on Saturday mornings!

Over the years, we've learned lots and here are...


1. One person's trash IS definitely another person's treasure.

2. Everyone loves a bargain! Be prepared to negotiate and remindyourself constantly that only reason you are holding a garage sale is to let go of your stuff

3. Clean and organized stuff sells faster!

4. It is easier to identify surplus stuff when you're on a mission to fill boxes and bags in preparation for a garage sale (your own or somone else's).

5. Make it fun and family members may even want to get involved. A frenzy of excitement can result when you believe you can turn your unwanted items!
6. The best Garage Sales involve entire neighbourhoods! Check out one of our favorite sales, Golden Triangle Garage Sale, coordinated by our pal, Lynn Marie Robinson from Royal LePage.    

7. You can have fun, get rid of stuff and, even make a bit of money!At the end of the day, pack all remaining items and deliver them immediately to your favourite charity. Your goal was to clear clutter...mission accomplished!

Cleaning has become synonymous with spring...
  • This Spring, CLEAR your house, don't just clean it.
  • Let go of stuff you don't want, use or need - sell, donate, recycle, dispose...
  • Take time to LIGHTEN-UP and stop living to have and start living to become!

One of the amazing speakers at our recent NASMM Conference was MINIMALIST, Joshua Becker who suggests asking this question...

If I owned less stuff,
how would my life be different? 

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10 am - 5 pm
Keynote Speaker - Teepa Snow, Dementia Educator
Discover the many community resources
to help you on your caregiving journey...

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