Alberta Ave Community Centre to host Indoor Garage Sale

Contrary to popular belief, garage sales aren’t just for summer, and they don’t need to be held in a garage. This October, get ready to purge your home or buy new treasures with Alberta Avenue Community League’s Indoor Garage Sale.

In June, Special Events by Gina Miller organized the first garage sale in support of the league. The event proved to be a great success and the second garage sale will be hosted indoors on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

“Due to many events happening at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre, it was the best Saturday to do a garage sale in October,” states Virginia Potkins, owner of Special Events by Gina Miller, which is organizing the event.

“The June event was pretty filled up and we expect a likely response for the upcoming fall event,” says Potkins. “It is going to be held in the Hodson Hall at Alberta Avenue Community League from noon until 6 pm. Admission is free. There is ample free parking space and there will be a concession put on by the Alberta Avenue Community Centre.” 

Gently used household items can be sold or donated to the Indoor Garage Sale. | Nazreena Anwar-Travas

The event is open to everyone to participate, including non-profit and charity associations. Items that can be sold are typical of every other garage sale, such as household items, collectibles, clothing, toys, books, and so on. Items must be in fairly good condition.

People are also welcome to donate gently used items to any participating non-profit organization they choose to support on the day of the garage sale. Non-profit organizations largely rely on people’s generosity to help support their activities. These items will help the association to raise money for their cause. 

Three non-profit organizations already participating are Alberta Avenue Community League, Rat Creek Press, and Spark! Youth Camp (a two week drama camp). All the proceeds from their tables at the garage sale will go directly towards supporting their activities. 

After the garage sale is over, participants can choose to keep any unsold items or they can donate them to the Canadian Diabetes Association, who will have a truck on site. It should be noted, however, that the society will accept neither items that are too large, nor those items that have an expiry date, such as car seats. 

Take the opportunity to purge your home and donate some items to the garage sale. | Nazreena Anwar-Travas

The Alberta Avenue Community Garage Sale offers an excellent opportunity for participants to clean up their homes while supporting a worthy cause and for visitors to buy items of interest under one roof. It is also a chance for visitors to mix and mingle in an indoor environment.  Volunteer opportunities are also available. 

Contact Potkins (email address below) to book a table, to volunteer, or for any related questions. Tables are limited, so don’t delay. Each table costs $20. Non-profit organizations will be charged $10 per table. 

Fall is generally associated with shorter days and cooler temperatures. Why not warm up your soul by taking this opportunity to tidy up your home for Christmas, help charities raise money, mingle with neighbours, and make new friends? Make sure you mark your calendar for the event!


Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 6 pm

Hodson Hall at Alberta Ave Community Centre

9210 118 Ave

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Featured Image: You may find some treasures at the Indoor Garage Sale on Oct. 19. | Nazreena Anwar-Travas