Businesses gearing up for Great Glebe Garage & Sidewalk Sale
Records, toys, housewares, clothing, footwear and more at the Glebe’s big bargain day May 25
Bargain hunters rejoice! It’s almost that time of year again. The Great Glebe Garage and Sidewalk Sale is returning to the Glebe in a few short weeks – and businesses are already gearing up for the big bargain day.
While the community packs their front lawns with used goods during one of North America’s largest garage sales, merchants along Bank Street host a sidewalk sale at the same time, creating a dynamic open-air market along the bustling Bank Street.
Compact Music owner Ian Boyd is already sifting through crates of vinyl for the May 25 sale – itemizing his $1 discount bin for vinyl lovers looking for good wax. While it’s a great opportunity for him to unload stock – he sells over 500 records during the Sidewalk Sale – Boyd says the real joy comes in watching a music fan leave with new music and a wide smile.
“It’s good to be able spread the joy of music around,” says Boyd. “That feels good every day in here. We are lucky to be able to do that.”
But records aren’t the only thing you’ll be scooping up this year at the Great Glebe Sidewalk Sale. Bargain hunters will be treated to an array of goods from many of their favourite Glebe merchants along Bank Street and adjacent side streets throughout the neighbourhood. Close to 30 businesses transformed the Glebe into an open-air market spilling with deals during last year’s event. Eager shoppers arrived early to score finds from Kunstadt Sports’ legendary sale, stunning pieces from Magpie Jewellery, travel pack accessories from Readi Set Go and all sorts of housewares from Capital Home Hardware. You’ll definitely find something for everyone in your household – and at a great price.
While the sidewalk sale is a great way for business to unload inventory, it’s also an opportunity to give back to the community. A number of businesses, including Capital Barbershop and Stephanotis Hair, offer services by donation – with proceeds going to local charities. Capital Barbershop Owner Ankur Vadhera has raised close to $2,000 over the last three years with his outdoor pop-up barbershop. And while the initiative is a boon for local charities, it’s also a great way for the barbers to connect with the community and to catch some rays.
“It’s an easy way to engage the community and talk about a local charity,” says Vadhera.
“It feels good to give back to the community and to be out in the sun. It changes things up for the guys.”
Stephanotis will also offer their Braids by Donation service again this year.
Since the inception of the Great Glebe Garage Sale in 1986, participants have been encouraged ]to voluntarily donate a portion of their proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. This year, the Ottawa Food Bank will host an information booth in front of McKeen Metro Glebe to raise awareness about hunger and to share their vision of healthy, accessible, sustainable food for all. The food bank will also be accepting both monetary and food donations on site.
Ecology Ottawa will again host its annual Great Glebe Green Garage Sale, offering free tree saplings to passersby from the parking lot of Kunstadt Sports. Last year, the environmental organization gave away nearly 1,700 trees to sprout throughout the neighbourhood. As part of the giveaway, Ecology Ottawa will transform the Kunstadt parking lot into a family fun zone with live DJs, water stations, picnic tables and kids’ games.
Those looking to beat the heat can head over Ian Charlebois & Associates Real Estates & Mortgages at 52 Chamberlain Ave for free hot dogs, drinks, live music and kids’ games beginning at 9 a.m. Charlebois has been hosting the free barbecue at 52 Chamberlain Ave since 2017 and, with the help of the local Glebe Loblaws, has been able to serve 3,000 hot dogs to hungry bargain shoppers every year. As an added service to the community, the site also doubles as a donation drop-off for residents who don’t sell all their goods during the big garage sale.
“At the end of the day, they are tired, the kids are hungry, so they just show up here, drop off the stuff they want to donate, get a hot dog, get a drink, play some kids’ games and then they get to end their day,” adds Charlebois.
“We really like the community aspect, and we get to meet some great people that we probably wouldn’t have met.”
The Great Glebe Garage & Sidewalk Sale runs May 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.