The Great Glebe Garage Sale
is a massive community
garage sale that takes place annually
in the Glebe
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is like Christmas. It is organized by the Glebe Community Association and
held every year on the Saturday after Victoria Day
(that is, the Saturday following the third Monday in
May). For 2002, the date is May 25, from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. If there's a major rain problem
the event will be held the following day. As its purpose
is to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank, vendors are
encouraged to donate 10% of their day's sales. About
CAD$10,000 is raised each year.
Swarms and swarms and throngs of people go to the
garage sale every year. And at least every fourth house
for blocks and blocks is selling something. Many schools,
churches, and businesses have got stuff to hawk as well.
And you can find all sorts of things. You see a lot of
people carrying LP records, books,
garden supplies (because it's spring), board games
missing pieces, clothes (although I'm not sure what I
think about this), small appliances of yesteryear,
toys designed before parents were concerned about
children's safety, new baby accoutrements of the same
ilk -- in other words, typical garage sale items, just
on a larger scale. Last year I picked up a kitchen scale
for ten cents and also two Bach CDs
with the Brandenburg Concertos on them. And pardon the
cliché, but a few years ago my wife and I went with
someone who was looking for a kitchen sink for his
cottage. Sure enough, he found it.
Don't drive your car or pickup into the Glebe on that
day, unless you're hauling out some dilapidated harvest
gold refrigerator or something -- first, there are too
many people walking about gawking or pushing their
bicycles, distracted by all the neat stuff for sale (just
like you will be), and second, you may cause a problem in
case an emergency response vehicle needs to get through to
The Glebe Online. The Glebe Online: A Connected Community.
May 17, 2002.