Love a good bargain? If so, you’ll want to check out this weekend’s huge garage sale on wheels Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at Okanagan College.
The annual fall Trunk Sale, organized by the regional waste reduction office, features over 130 vendors selling their stuff straight from the trunks of their vehicles in the parking lot next to the OC student residence buildings.
Rae Stewart, waste reduction facilitator, says the trunk sales promote reuse and recycling, and deals are the order of the day.
“People are really figuring out how to rethink and re-use, and second hand is a lot more chic than it used to be, which is great. This event is basically one community style garage sale, one convenient location, good food, tons of bargains, great for families. It’s a terrific way to spend a Saturday morning,” said Stewart.
Stewart said the regional district has hosted two trunk sales a year for the past few years which have been always quick to fill to vendor capacity, and this fall has been no different.
“We always have a wait list, and this time is no exception.” Stewart said. “We initially designed these events for people in condos or apartments, those who don’t traditionally have the opportunity to host their own garage sales, but we don’t limit it, anyone can take part.
“We are full to capacity again this fall, but there’s always the next event in the spring if you want to sign up to be a seller. And of course we welcome you to come out this Saturday, shop to your hearts content, and experience the fun for yourself.”
Stewart adds the premise beyond reuse and recycling is to keep any unnecessary and perfectly good material out of our one remaining landfill.
“After the sale is over, we always have a number of charities on site so those participating don’t have to lug their items home again, they can simply donate them if they choose. This Saturday, Kelowna and District SHARE Society will be on hand to accept donations, as will Big Brothers Big Sisters, Planet Earth Recycling and the Canadian Diabetes Clothesline group. Plus, the Okanagan Mission Lions Club volunteers en masse, will be selling pancake breakfasts by donation, and helping with traffic control.”
The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College is located at 1000 KLO Rd. The event is free admission and will run rain or shine in parking lot 17.