Ven­dors sought for Garage Sale at the Gale

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - RAY SPI­TERI

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 dsacco@ni­a­garafalls.ca.

THE NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

Ven­dors are shown sell­ing their wares at a Gale Cen­tre garage sale in this file photo.

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