The collision of bargain hunting and community is not to be missed.
The Grandview Woodlands neighborhood stretches from the water of Burrard Inlet to Broadway and is wedged between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street. It is made up of heritage homes, special Vancouver bungalows, apartments and condos on tree-lined streets. And if you’ve ever wondered who lives there, or what their lives might be like, next weekend offers a taste of the community with a neighborhood-wide garage sale.
The Great Grandview Garage Sale, the largest of its kind in Vancouver, opens the community and its treasures to the general public for a day. On Saturday, June 18, the event – which is similar to the East Van Culture Crawl only with garage sales – will take place rain or shine and people can expect to find vinyl records, vintage clothing, toys and full books.
In 2019, the last time this event took place, there were over 200 participating garage sales in the region. The sale has been suspended for two years due to the pandemic and during that time the original organizers have retired, but a new group of enthusiastic neighbors have taken up the torch and are carrying on the tradition.
How to sell
Anyone in the Grandview Woodland neighborhood is invited to participate. You can register to register your sale on the event website’s interactive map, but otherwise it’s free to participate (although the organizers are asking vendors to consider making a small donation to cover the annual costs of the event) and people are encouraged to put a blanket on their lawn, put a table on the sidewalk or roll up the garage door and start selling.
The organizers offered some advice to sellers:
Go through your closets, storage spaces and basements and make a list of everything you want to sell. Give them a good cleaning to help them sell.
Find a price for each item and write it down. Tape and markers work well for homemade price tags.
Garage sale transactions are mostly cash, and it helps to have plenty of small bills and coins on hand. You wouldn’t want to miss a sale because you didn’t have change.
Have a friend or two come over to help you set up, make sales, clean up after, and make the day even more fun.
Tell your friends and neighbors.
Most garage sales that take place in the neighborhood have been recorded and added to a interactive map on the Great Grandview Garage Sale website but it’s also a good idea to walk around the neighborhood on the lookout for other sales that will take place without being registered.
The event is run entirely by volunteers and the organizers are looking for help with putting up posters, reaching out to community groups, helping with social media and any other skills people can offer. Find out how to get involved here.
Where: The Grandview Woodlands area of Broadway to the water and between Nanaimo and Clark.
When: Saturday June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.