The Great Glebe Garage and Sidewalk sale on this weekend in the Glebe
Bank Street a haven for crazy deals during
Great Glebe Garage Sale
When the mainstream media outlets tell you to, “avoid Bank Street” during the Great Glebe Garage Sale, pay them no heed.
If you aren’t aware by now, you should be apprised to the fact that Glebe businesses have gotten in on the garage sale fun by staging a one-day sidewalk sale that runs in conjunction with the fabled Great Glebe Garage Sale on May 27 – and if you’re worried that browsing the neighbourhood shops will take you away from crazy basement deals, you need to pull your head out of the treasure digging sand.
“It’s like a treasure hunt. You have to kind of root through it and you’re going to get something at 90% off, and it may be a retro find,” says Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s General Manager Eira Macdonell. The toy store uses the Great Glebe Sidewalk Sale as a “spring cleaning” day, where they mark product down to garage sale prices and unload stock. Macdonell and crew know that most shoppers during the event are looking for “basement bargain deals,” and, therefore, the price point must be low, otherwise they’ll head back down the residential streets.
“The 50 per cent off doesn’t work, it has to be priced so low that we are almost giving things away.”
The Great Glebe Sidewalk Sale has become a bit of a tradition on its own, with scores of merchants setting up on the street, and at Lansdowne every year – and it’s not just retail. Capital Barbershop sent their clippers outside for the day, and were grooming shoppers as they strolled by. Jewellers at Goldart hadn’t even opened their Glebe doors yet, but owners Helen, Joanna and Mark Rozanski were down on the pavement, raising money for the Sens Foundation. It’s this type of community spirit that has completely possessed Glebe businesses to fully embrace the annual, typically 30,000-strong garage-sale bargain hunters.
“Much like the Great Glebe Garage Sale, our merchant-driven sidewalk sale has grown organically into something very special,” says Glebe Business Improvement Area Executive Director Andrew Peck.
“It’s such a great day, both for shoppers looking to score fantastic deals, and for our merchants, who may be looking to clear out product. A massive garage sale, complemented by a sidewalk sale all the way down Bank Street creates the ultimate shopping destination in the Glebe.”
And bargain shoppers get hungry. It’s not just retailers that take advantage of the 30,000 people in the area. If you were in the Glebe last year, you may have caught the whiff of hot chicken sandwiches wafting through the neighbourhood, courtesy The Pomeroy House.
The Bank Street restaurant isn’t sitting on pounds of raw chicken that they need to get rid of, but they do know how hungry Glebe shoppers get throughout the day, so they set up outside and sling their signature dish.
“It’s definitely one of those days where everyone is out and about and it’s bustling and there is a good energy,” says Pomeroy House co-owner and front-of-house manager Lindsay Gordon.
“People come down early to get the greatest deals and get that awesome find and we just try to take advantage, and people are probably hungry, but don’t want to stop.”
Other stores like Compact Music, Capital Home Hardware and JD Adam, along with several Lansdowne shops also offer crazy deals during the Sidewalk Sale.
So, don’t avoid Bank Street during one of North America’s largest garage sales; instead, browse, peruse, dig, and embrace it – you’ll find more than you were bargaining for.
The Great Glebe Garage and Sidewalk Sale runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 27 throughout the Glebe.