Vendors sought for Garage Sale at the Gale
Have some items you want to get rid of ?
Looking to clean out your basement or garage?
The city’s recreation committee is calling all crafters, collectors and hobbyists to participate in the third annual Garage Sale at the Gale.
The event takes place June 23 from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Gale Centre on Thorold Stone Road.
And while the event is still two months away, vendor registration is now open.
“With the success and strong attendance at last year’s event, we’ve decided to expand our vendor offering and selection to include a more diverse offering,” said Paisley Janvary-Pool, chair of the recreation committee.
“It’s a great opportunity for members of our community to spring clean and sell items from their basement or garage, and the event provides crafters and entrepreneurs a chance to sell their items. Most importantly, all of the money raised through vendor fees directly benefits the city’s Activity Subsidy Fund.”
The fund helps many families in Niagara Falls by subsidizing the cost of recreation activities, including registration fees and equipment expenses. Applications are received all year for the consideration of the recreation committee.
“The Activity Subsidy Fund is something that is extremely important to the recreation committee and they want to ensure that it continues for a very long time,” said Beth Angle, a community development co-ordinator with the city.
“I can tell you from personal experience hearing them discuss the applications that they sincerely want every child to have the opportunity to experience sport and recreation. The idea to host a citywide garage sale came out of their desire to keep adding to the fund.”
She said last year’s event raised more than $2,000.
“The garage sale concept has been extremely appealing to a lot of people,” said Angle.
“Some vendors live in apartments, condos or townhouses and aren’t able to host one themselves. And for shoppers it’s like visiting several neighbourhoods all in one spot.”
Last year, more than 80 vendors were on site selling a variety of items.
“We are looking forward to a new and expanded event with crafters and items from local small businesses,” said Angle.
Vendors wishing to participate must complete an application form and pay fees to reserve their spot. Vendors may book single or multiple spots. There’s an early bird registration of $20 per parking spot until April 30. It will be $25 per parking spot after May 1. Cube vans will be $40. The deadline for applications is June 1.
Vendors are responsible for handling their own sales and retain all profits from the sale of their items.
Applications are available at niagarafalls.ca, as well as at Gale Centre and MacBain Community Centre. Applications and payment must be completed at the MacBain Community Centre. Applications and questions should be directed to Dolores Sacco at 905-356-7521 ext. 3342, or email@example.com.
Vendors are shown selling their wares at a Gale Centre garage sale in this file photo.