pounding rain, nor sleet, nor billowing tarps blowing before
the gale force winds that were trying to turn the Watson
home into the Santa Maria could daunt the brave members of
the Riverside Corvette Club from carrying out their
appointed duties and hosting the 5th Annual
“Riverside Garage Sale for MS”!!
did these poor souls know what lay ahead of them as they
busied themselves on a sunny Friday organizing tables and
display cases with priceless treasures donated by selfless
the past four years members and friends (see pic to the
left) of the Riverside Corvette Club have been organizing a
garage sale on the Easter Weekend to raise money for the
Multiple Sclerosis Walk.
After a humble beginning and a take of $400.00 the
Club has worked hard to cultivate their sources and
suppliers and the sale has grown in size and reputation
attracting returning regulars and many just interested in
helping out a very good cause.
And, somewhere along the line, everybody involved
clued in to just how much fun it was.
It seems the little Moroccan bazaar that sprouts up
in Patti and Gary Watson’s driveway each year has
rekindled the bartering instinct in all of us and when mixed
in with Graham’s relentless stand up comedy routine and
improv with unsuspecting shoppers, it creates a very
eclectic and genuinely amusing time for all (even for the
unsuspecting shoppers) although I suspect some just show up
for Patti’s lunch spread and the free cookies!!
usual the priceless treasures started showing up during the
week and by Friday morning the Club members were busy
organizing, pricing, discounting and applying everything
they could remember from Marketing 101.
With the unique pricing (all goods are colour coded
to a predetermined bargain basement price range) completed
and can’t resist displays finished just so, the tables
were carefully tucked away under bright blue tarps against
the potential rain showers that had been forecasted, not
that anybody was really worried though.
A quick Club meeting finished up the day and everyone
went home for a good night’s sleep as the 7:00 am opening
would come before many could get the visions of barely used
8 tracks, fine gas station crystal glassware, unique? ethnic
fertility props and fine period pieces of irreplaceable
furniture out of their fuzzy little brains.
it probably wasn’t the alarm clock that woke most members
up on Saturday morning but the howling wind and pounding
rain. By 7:00
am Watson’s front yard/driveway (after all the entire
front yard is concrete driveway) looked like a training
exercise for the Tall Ships as tarps flapped and flew in the
wind, ropes were tied off with the best memory of Boy Scout
classes and patio set umbrellas propped up the tarps all in
an effort to protect the precious product destined to be
converted to a substantial MS donation.
7:30 am shoppers were bobbing and weaving and ducking and
scopeing out the bargains as the rain continued horizontal
and Captain Dodsworth stood proud on the bridge and
commanded the valiant effort to keep the HMCS Garage Sale
sinking into the Lulu Island mud!
the day and the rain the shoppers shopped, haggled and the Club
members bargained and pleaded and begged
and sold a lot of shi –
er, I mean stuff. By 11:00 am the “Free” pile was growing (how is it we
can’t sell stuff for $1.00 and when we put “Free” with
a donation to MS on it, the stuff flies out with a lot of
coin being tossed our
way) and the sale was slowing down.
for Patti’s famous lunch and a break in the weather warmed
and lifted the spirits, although they were never really
dampened, and the final deals were done by early afternoon.
With the “Free” pile moved to the curbside the
shopping amazingly continued with a fairly large sofa chair
being pried into the back of an old Honda Civic hatchback
– a steal for the $3.00 donation (we felt bad that we’d
overcharged for the moving fee but what the heck….).
And, of course, paying some guy to $2.00 to take away
Dan’s wall unit!
the fun part, over the remains of lunch and Patti’s
“Whacky” Cake, we got to count the day’s take.
With all the bills out of the dryer and Michelle’s
great little coin counter the total was quickly determined.
it fell a little short of last year’s record, and
considering the torrential downpour through most of the day
the final tally of $1,450.00 was a pretty damn good days
work. Well done
can be sure we’ll be at it next year with new and more
inventive ways to market the unmarketable and change
previously owned items into gold!!
So remember, we start taking donations for the Sale
of the Century on Good Friday with the sale to follow on
free to donate your best fundraising items or come shop for
that eclectic piece that you’ve been searching everywhere
for to complete your home or office.
Chances are you’ll find it at the Riverside
Corvette Club Garage Sale for MS – cheap!