Great Glebe Garage Sale
What is the date of the 2022 Event?
The 2022 sale is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 28, 2022 (from 8 am to 2 pm) and will depend on the public health advice applicable to large events at the time.
How do I register as a vendor or get space to sell my stuff?
If you live or own a business in the Glebe you can sell your stuff from your driveway, porch, lawn or another part of your property – there is no need to register or get permission.
If you plan to use someone else’s property, you need permission. Many churches and other organizations provide spaces for sales on their property. The Glebe Community Association does not match potential sellers and property owners.
- The Community Centre plans to make spots available on sale day for a donation. Sites will be available for purchase in-person at the Community Centre on April 23 at 8am. First come first serve. Credit card, debit cheque or exact cash (prices not determined yet). For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I set up a table on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building or in a local park?
No. Vending on public property such as sidewalks, boulevards, roads, and parkland is illegal without a permit and you may be ticketed by Ottawa by-law officers.
Where is the Glebe?
The neighbourhood sale is held in the City of Ottawa in ‘The Glebe’, the neighbourhood bordered by Bronson Avenue, the Queensway (417), and the Canal. You can find out more about the neighbourhood here.
What will happen if it rains?
The sale will continue rain or shine! There is no rain date for the sale. If the weather allows this to be done safely, vendors are encouraged to plan on using tarps or garages if there is rain in the forecast.
What’s the connection with The Ottawa Food Bank?
From the start of the Great Glebe Garage Sale in 1986, the Glebe Community Association has encouraged vendors (and shoppers) to voluntarily donate some of their proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank.
How do I donate to the Ottawa Food Bank?
The best way is to go directly to The Ottawa Food Bank website and make an on-line donation at: http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/donate/
There is a drop down designation selection on the online donations page. Please choose Great Glebe Garage Sale to make sure your donation counts towards the overall total for the event.
You can also mail your donation to:
The Ottawa Food Bank
1317B Michael Street
Ottawa, ON K1B 3M9
Given that most donations in recent years have been made on-line rather than in person, the Food Bank will not be at the Glebe Community Centre this year.
Can I donate my stuff to be sold at the Great Glebe Garage Sale?
A number of local organizations accept donated items for sale. Watch this space for details!
For Glebe organizations: if you are accepting donations of sale items and want information posted here, email us at email@example.com.
What about food sales?
City of Ottawa food inspectors will be on-site on the day of the sale to inspect all vendors of cooked food. You will be inspected, so please be sure to be ready. If you are planning to sell hamburgers/ hot dogs or other cooked food, it is important to know and comply with the City’s food regulations to make sure you meet the inspectors’ expectations. You’ll need to give the city two weeks notice of your plans (it’s free).
The City’s website Ottawa.ca provides more information about these health-and-safety requirements as well the on-line application. See http://ottawa.ca/en/business/permits-business-licences-and-applications/health-and-safety for more information and a link to apply.
If you are a chip-wagon or a hot-dog cart or another type of mobile food vendor, you are not allowed to vend in a residential area unless you have permission from the owner of a property (e.g. in a parking lot). Then you must also get a city permit for the day.
If you want to have a street party, be sure to read the information and follow the application process on City of Ottawa website at Ottawa.ca
What rules apply to sales of cooked food (BBQ)?
Baked goods such as muffins, cookies etc. are easy to sell at the GGGS (they must be wrapped). However, any food requiring cooking on site, especially meat, requires careful planning. For example, if you are planning a BBQ on your property to sell at the GGGS, you must have a rubber mat or painted plywood flooring under the barbecue and a wash station available (perhaps a garden hose and soap) as well as facilities to keep raw food consistently cold. You will also need to apply in advance and pay for a permit from the City.
If you are unable to meet the city’s public health inspector’s requests, you may be asked to discontinue selling food. Check the City of Ottawa’s website at Ottawa.ca to familiarize yourself with the rules and timing.
What are some tips for a successful garage sale?
Set up early so that you are prepared for those early birds! Price all your items, either individually or in groups (e.g. “Books 50 cents”). Display items on tables or in boxes according to type and/or price. Have a cash box or change apron with lots of coins for change. In the case of large items that can’t be carried away, an impromptu sales receipt can be drawn up with a deposit and an exchange of telephone numbers to hold the item until the traffic has dwindled and you can return with a vehicle to pick up your treasure.
Are there any other regulations regarding the items I sell?
Health Canada has posted information for garage sale vendors on their Consumer Product Safety website. Everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible for ensuring that products being sold, whether new or used, are safe and meet current regulatory requirements. It is important to only sell items that are in good condition. Damaged articles should be discarded. You can find more information here.
What about parking?
Parking is limited in The Glebe at the best of times! We strongly encourage you to walk, ride your bike or take the bus for best access. If you must drive, kindly park your car and walk in to the neighbourhood to reduce congestion. The amount of pedestrian traffic makes driving dangerous for everyone. If you’re a Glebe resident, try to park your vehicle off the street to make room for the many visitors we expect again this year.
If you do decide to try to drive into the neighbourhood, there are several public parking lots in the Glebe and some organizations offer parking on their property for a donation (such as Corpus Christi School at Third Ave and Lyon) and Your Credit Union at 14 Chamberlain Avenue (Bank and Chamberlain).
Are there any designated no parking zones?
All the usual parking rules are in effect. Please check the posting of parking signs and ensure that you are not blocking a fire hydrant or driveway. Based on last year, parking restrictions are likely to be in place for the following locations:
- West side of Bank Street between Clemow Avenue and Fifth Avenue
- East side of Bank Street between Clarey Avenue and Fourth Avenue
- North side of Second Avenue to the east and west of Bank Street
Parking enforcement will also concentrate on no stopping zones and double parking.
Are there ATM machines nearby?
Yes, at the Royal Bank, Scotia Bank and Kettleman’s Bagel Shop, Shoppers Drug Mart as well as at Lansdowne Park (TD Canada Trust and BMO Bank of Montreal). There is also an ATM at the Loblaws on Isabella and a TD Canada Trust right next door.
However ATMs empty out early, so best to bring cash (including change and small bills) with you.
How can I reduce my environmental impact?
Vendors – please place a garbage can by the curb for litter. With the large crowds this event attracts, there can be a large amount of litter produced. At the end of the day, clean up around your property and ensure you don’t leave debris on the street. Shoppers – please hold on to your litter until you see a garbage can and then stash the trash.
What about recycling?
Once the day is over, please be ready to tidy up and pack things away, recycling as much as possible.
What about access to public washrooms?
Public washroom facilities are available at the Glebe Community Centre (Third and Lyon), Glebe St. James United Church (650 Lyon St.) and St. Matthew’s church at 217 First Avenue (near Bank St.) may also be open to the public. In some cases, donations are accepted.
Rain or shine, buyer or vendor, have fun on May 28th – and don’t forget to share your luck with the The Ottawa Food Bank.
Because the Food Bank purchases food items in large quantities and has a number of food industry partners, every dollar you donate is worth about $5 in food.
If you have any questions that have not been addressed in this FAQ, please send an email to GGGS@glebeca.ca.
The Glebe , Ottawa K1S