Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two Days and Counting!

Fantastic news folks! The East York Mirror has given us our own article in this week's paper! How fantastic is that? Thank you East York Mirror for helping to make our community event a huge success!

Now, back to the weather...The Weather Network and Accuweather are pretty well saying the same as yesterday. We know it is going to be hot, ranging from 26 to 29 degrees with a real feel as high as 31. They are saying a couple of showers or thunderstorms. Thunderstorms normally take place in late afternoon as I have discovered over the garage saling years. Hopefully, that will hold true. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.

Can we talk about Safety at our sale this year?

Talked to the Toronto Police at 54 Division. Spoke to Ingrid Hannah. She is our Crime Prevention Officer. If you have any questions, feel free to call her at 416-808-5429 or email at

Last year there was some police presence on Chilton Road. Apparently, there was an attempted car theft. Hannah also told me a story about a household having a sale and had a clothing rack in their driveway by the side of the house. The rack was shielding the side door. Thieves went in the house through the side door, which was unlocked and took the owner's purse. SOOOOOO......Hannah was kind enough to give us some tips to keep us safe during our sale.

Had to throw this picture in. Where does one get a "Garage Sale Goddess" t-shirt?

Safety tips from Officer Hannah

  1. Lock all doors as people get distracted easily.
  2. Purse and valuables should not be in plain view.
  3. Carry a fanny pack (yes we discussed how old fashioned they are) or something similar to carry your money.
  4. Do not accumulate large amounts of cash. Put excess cash in the house.
  5. Make sure you have enough people to assist you on the day of the sale.
  6. Greet people and make eye contact with them as they approach your sale. That makes them less likely to steal from you.
  7. Higher priced items should be closer to the house, not at the sidewalk.
  8. Don't accept large bills due to counterfeiting.
  9. Keep the buyer's bill out until you give them their change and then put the bill away. That way they can't say they gave you a 20 instead of a 10.
  10. Do not allow any strangers in the house for any reason.
  11. Put your garage sale package terms of sale notice up that says "cash only", "no returns" and "final sale"
Well...that is it for today! See you tomorrow

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