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Fernie Spring Clean – Community Garage Sale

Join the Community Garage Sale in Fernie on May 24. - Submitted photo
Join the Community Garage Sale in Fernie on May 24.
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Fernie’s newest community event might just be taking place in your garage.  On Saturday, May 24, the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association is hosting the first annual Fernie Spring Clean – Community Garage Sale.

What exactly is the Community Garage Sale?

The Community Garage Sale is a collection of individual garage sales all occurring on the same day and time at their individual locations. The idea is to encourage the community of Fernie to come together in three simple ways: to help people earn a bit of money from selling their treasures, to reduce re-useable items going to the landfill and to raise awareness and funds for the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association.

Where will this be held?

The Community Garage Sale event will take place throughout Fernie at registered sites, which might be an individual home or an entire neighbourhood!

How will I know where all the garage sales are?

In the May 22 issue of The Free Press a two-page colour map will list all of the registered garage sales for the event.  You’ll have two full days to map out your community garage sale journey!

Why wouldn’t I just have my own garage sale?

You could… or you could let someone else look after the marketing and promotion of your sale so that all you have to worry about is what to sell, for how much and how to handle the masses of garage sale hunters!

What if I don’t have a garage?

Not to worry. Set up a table in front of your house, or partner with your neighbour or the whole street! Do you belong to a club or an association? The Community Garage Sale is also a great opportunity to fundraise or have an equipment swap.

What kinds of things can I sell or buy?

Normally in garage sales people are selling household items they no longer want, such as books, games, soft furnishings and electrical goods. You may also make things, if you want to, such as crafts or baking. You can also post items you will be selling or looking to buy on the Fernie Spring Clean event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ferniespringclean.

Should I bring my kids?

Yes! The Community Garage Sale is a great event for kids as there will be a Children’s Scavenger Hunt (with fabulous prizes) and children’s activities (did I hear bouncy castles?) at Rotary Park. Why not encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in your child by giving them a section to sell some of their own pre-loved toys, books, or maybe they can have a carnival style game for other children to play.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee to have your garage sale listed on the Community Garage Sale map is $20.  This fee also includes the marketing and promotion of Community Garage Sale and a small donation to the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association. There is no fee to those buying… besides the cost of their treasures found at the Community Garage Sale.

Where do I register?

To register your garage sale, visit the Fernie Spring Clean website at ferniespringclean.blogspot.ca. Once you’re registered, you will receive an information package with tips and tricks for your garage sale.

Still have questions?

Visit the Fernie Spring Clean – Community Garage Sale event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ferniespringclean or email Ferniespringclean@gmail.com.

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