The eighteenth annual Trash and Treasure takes place in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The town-wide yard sale is celebrated as Eastern Ontario’s largest such event!
As in previous years, Champlain Township has waived the requirement to obtain a garage sale permit.
Trash and Treasure is organized by the not-for-profit Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association, which advertises the event outside the region and pays for portable toilets to be installed in town for the day. The association has obtained permission to use the National Bank parking lot, the Scotiabank parking lot and the Windsor Tavern parking lot for the day.
These are ideal spots for out-of-town vendors to come and set up their items for sale, says coordinator Louise Sproule, who adds that a modest fee of $20 per spot is charged to help the association cover its costs.
The secret to the event’s success, according to Sproule, is that Vankleek Hill residents and businesses invite their friends and neighbours from other municipalities to come to town for the day and join in the fun by having a yard sale.
“We somehow built up momentum from the very first Trash and Treasure event, held so many years ago, but it stands to reason that we need to get our friends to come and sell their stuff, too,” she said.
“I know it has become a routine for most of us in Vankleek Hill to start setting aside items to sell and we do this year-round in preparation for the big day,” Sproule said.
The event has also gained a following among those who are downsizing.
“I often hear that people who are cleaning out a house or downsizing hold off on doing a garage sale until Trash and Treasure Day. It makes sense, because all sellers have to do is put their merchandise out. We do all of the advertising for them and there are thousands of people in town on that day,” Sproule said.
She gives credit to former BMA member Carole Robert, whose idea it was to start the event some 18 years ago. Even the name for the event was Robert’s idea, says Sproule.
The day is also a great opportunity for fundraisers. Arbor Gallery is also renting spaces for people selling merchandise. You can call the gallery if you want to take advantage of its offer.
If you are from out of town, and you want to secure a space in one of the parking lots along Main Street, call 1-877-678-3327, extension 1002 to reserve and pay ahead of time, if you like. You can find out more about the event by visiting www.vankleekhill.ca and read the Frequently-Asked-Questions page.