Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

The Elk Valley Spring Clean is a great opportunity to bag a bit of extra money while helping the environment at the same time.

The Elk Valley Spring Clean is a great opportunity to bag a bit of extra money while helping the environment at the same time.

The Elk Valley Spring Clean event will take place in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie on May 28th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Outdoor Connections, a non-profit organization, is excited to organize this year’s event, help keep the planet clean, while raising money for summer camps and outdoor school programs.

Last year’s participants, on average, made just over $350 in sales, while some individuals took home over $1,000 from selling personal items they no longer needed. The event was also able to prevent loads of items ending up in the landfill by giving them new homes with the happy bargain hunters.  Any unsold items in the garage sale were later donated to local thrift stores.

One of the aims of the event is to bring a community of sellers and buyers together, allowing for people to exchange and repurpose their goods. It has been said that some streets in the Annex had foot traffic busier than the Deerfoot on a Friday afternoon. The Fernie location will feature a scavenger hunt for kids while an information booth, bouncy castle, face painting and “bannock on a stick” will be set up at the Fernie Aquatic Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Registration for hosting a garage sale is open now, and can be done on the Outdoor Connections website or by filling in the application form in today’s Free Press.  Closing date for applications is May 20 at 5 p.m.

Any further questions please get in touch with Courtney Haeusler 250-430-3511 or Lindsay Adams 250-430-1296 or via email and follow them on Facebook,


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