A scene from the 2018 edition of Trash and Treasure. File photo

Trash and Treasure postponed as organizers hope to reschedule event later this year

The 20th edition of Vankleek Hill’s popular town-wide yard sale event is being postponed for the time being, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event has taken place the first Saturday in June for the past 19 years and affords residents the chance to hold a yard sale without obtaining a garage sale permit from Champlain Township, which waives the requirement for that day.

But the established event, organized by the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association, has developed a huge following, thanks to significant and continuing effort to advertise it across the region while at the same time ensuring that local residents invite friends from out of town to visit and hold garage sales in Vankleek Hill that day.

“For the moment, we have decided to postpone and not necessarily cancel the event for this year,” says Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association president Louise Sproule.

“It was the feeling of the executive committee that we should wait and see if conditions change, leaving open the possibility of rescheduling for September”, she said.

“We have had a lot of inquiries about the event during the past weeks, and we really have no choice but to postpone the June 6 event, but we are hoping for the best and hope to see some changes in the situation during the coming months,” says Sproule.

You can follow updates on Trash and Treasure on www.vankleekhill.ca, where there is a page of frequently asked questions dedicated to the event.

The Review handles the telephone inquiries and pre-booking by out-of-town vendors. Vendors who have pre-paid for their spots in business parking lots along Main Street will be refunded immediately and can re-book if and when this year’s event is rescheduled.

Inquiries can be sent to: [email protected]


Louise Sproule

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