Bank Street to transform into open-air market for Great Glebe Garage Sale

May 22, 2018 | by glebeadmin


If you’re looking to score some major deals at this year’s Great Glebe Garage Sale on May 26, don’t just rely on someone’s trash becoming your newly found treasure.

While you’re pursuing the side streets, sifting through old Anne Murray records or vintage board games – that may or may not be missing important pieces – take a stroll down Bank Street, where you will find scores of merchants offloading brand new product at often a fraction of the regular price. The merchants line the curb lane along Bank Street, creating one epic open-air market that stretches the entire neighbourhood.

“We always have a table outside with footwear that is $50,” says Delilah owner Eva Cooper. With footwear at her boutique often retailing from $140 to upwards of $300, you could snag a pair of new kicks for a whopping 83 per cent off.

Cooper knows just how important her local shoppers are in the Glebe. That’s why she is starting the Great Glebe Sidewalk Sale early this year – on Thursday, May 24 – for locals who won’t necessarily be able to get away from their own front-lawn garage sales to snag prime deals from their favourite Glebe shops. She will run her sale Thursday and Friday inside the store, and then take whatever is left outside for the big garage sale on Saturday.

“Locals support us for 363 days a year,” says Cooper.  “They are there for us all the time and they are our biggest supporters and I don’t want to take time away from them trying to get rid of stuff on their front lawns on Saturday,” she says.

While Compact Music owner Ian Boyd is a big believer that, “everyday is a great day for music lovers to come into the store,” the Great Glebe Sidewalk Sale is especially beneficial for vinyl enthusiasts, as every piece of wax in the Glebe music store will be 20 per cent off. If you’re a digger, you’ll find some sonic gold in the crates outside at three albums for only $5.

“We only do 20 per cent off vinyl three or four times a year, so it’s a great chance to get some good music,” says Boyd. “Come down and take advantage of that –  it’s 20 per cent off, who does that?”

It’s much of the same vibe all the way down Bank Street, as merchants like JD Adam, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Capital Home Hardware and Kunstadt Sports truly embrace the spirit of the garage sale and stage massive blowout sales for the thousands of bargain hunters scoping out deals.

Whether you’re looking for toys, a new or used bike, or a fresh patio set, merchants in the Glebe will likely have exactly what you’re looking for.

“Like the organic, grass roots nature of the Great Glebe Garage Sale, our merchants’ sidewalk sale has taken on a life of its own and has now grown into the ultimate shopping day in the Glebe,” says Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.

“It really is a wonderful retail day, both for our merchants looking to clear out product and for shoppers looking for those good finds.”

Other stores like Escape Clothing, Joe Mamma Cycles, Octopus Books and The Glebe Emporium will be offering deals throughout the day. Glebe eateries will also have their patios open for those looking to recharge and refresh, while some will even be selling hot food straight from their windows, allowing you to grab a sandwich and keep shopping.

In addition to the sidewalk sale, Ecology Ottawa is hosting its Great Glebe Green Garage Sale in the parking lot of Boston Pizza where they will be handing out free evergreen saplings to anyone who wants to plant one in their yard. Last year, the environmental organization gave away more than 2,500 trees – their most successful tree giveaway to date. Ecology Ottawa will transform the Boston Pizza parking lot into a family fun zone with live DJs all day, water stations and kids’ games.

So, don’t only sift through tables of pre-loved treasures to find that one vintage lamp that will likely be already gone by 7:01 a.m. Check out some of your favourite Glebe shops for deals on shoes, clothing, jewellery and even cat’s pajamas

The Great Glebe Garage and Sidewalk Sale runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 26 throughout the Glebe. Visit for more information.