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Taking part in the Elk Valley Spring Clean could earn you quite a bit of extra money while helping the environment at the same time.

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Taking part in the Elk Valley Spring Clean could earn you quite a bit of extra money while helping the environment at the same time.

On average the people that took part last year’s garage sale made just over $300. Some individuals made over $1,000, which is pretty amazing for just selling stuff you no longer use, want or need. The event was also able to prevent loads of items from ending up in  the landfill by giving them new homes with their happy bargain hunters.  Also the opportunity to give any unsold items to the local thrift stores is a great way to ensure you don’t have to bring your unwanted goods back in at the end of the sale, while still preventing them from becoming trash.

The great thing about this event is that it brings the whole community together as sellers or buyers. John who lives in the Annex said of the 2014 event, “9th Ave. was busier than Deerfoot at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.” Jayne a long time Fernie resident said “It was the best community event I have seen in the 15 plus years that I have lived here.” Liz Martin, the President of Bright Beginnings Preschool, who held a joint sale at IDES said, “The garage sale was a perfect and very successful fundraiser for our not-for-profit organization. It was so much fun to be involved in a community wide event like this and know we were also benefiting the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association at the same time. We’re looking forward to taking part in the 2015 community Garage Sale.

The Elk Valley Spring Clean event will take place in Elkford and Sparwood on May 23 and in Fernie on May 24.

Registration for hosting your own Garage Sale is open now, and can be done on-line at www.elkvalleyspringclean.blogspot.ca or by filling in the application form in today’s Free Press.  Closing date for applications is Friday May 8.

If you have further questions, please get in touch with Rachel Cline at 250-946-6322 or email her at elkvalleyspringclean@gmail.com and be sure to follow all the great bargains that people are selling at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Ferniespringclean?fref=ts