Garage Sale FAQs

How does the Garage Sale work?

You host it in your garage or driveway and register the location on the MVCA web site by June 1. The MVCA will compile a list of locations with a map and publish it on June 4th and promote it through social media. The MVCA will promote the garage sale, in conjunction with the Manotick BIA and make maps and lists of locations available.

How do I donate to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA)?

We are asking vendors to donate 10% of their proceeds to YOMA. You can also encourage buyers to donate one of the following ways:

  • Have a donation jar on site.

  • Make an on-line donation through the YOMA website at www.yoma.ca

       Please choose Manotick Garage Sale to make sure your donation counts towards the overall total for the event.

  • Mail a donation to: Youth of Manotick Association, PO Box 1502, Manotick RO, Manotick, ON  K4m 1B2
     

What happens if it rains?

The sale will go ahead, rain or shine.

What are some tips for a successful garage sale?

There will be early birds, so set up early!  Price all your items. Display items on tables or in boxes according to type and/or price. For example, have all books in one location with sign with the 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 purchaser can pick it up.

 

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 if I don’t have enough goods for a full sale? Is there somewhere that I could drop stuff off?

You could partner with one of your neighbours or you can donate to the YOMA community table located in front of 692 Coffee and Bar, at 5546 Manotick Main Street.  The proceeds from the table will go to YOMA and any unsold items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.   If you are interested in dropping items off in advance, please contact YOMA at youth.of.manotick@gmail.com or call 613-296-1202 to coordinate.  

Are there ATM machines nearby?

Yes, at CIBC in the Manotick Mews, RBC at Bridge and Main and TD Canada Trust at Bridge and River Road. All branches will be open as well.

Are there public washrooms?

There will be washrooms open to the public at the ROSSS offices at 1134 Mill Street (near Watson’s Mill)

Can I sell food?

City of Ottawa food inspectors may be on-site on the day of the sale to inspect all vendors of cooked food. 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.  See http://ottawa.ca/en/business/permits-business-licences-and-applications/health-and-safety for more information. Here is the link to the Application Form for Food Service at a Special Event. 

If you have any questions about selling food you can contact healthsante@ottawa.ca

What rules apply to sales of cooked food (BBQ)?

Baked goods such as muffins, cookies etc. are easy to sell as the only requirement is that they must be wrapped.  However, any food requiring cooking, especially meat, requires careful planning. For example, if you are planning a BBQ on your property to sell at the Garage Sale, 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.

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.

Can I donate anything I have left over?

A truck from St Vincent de Paul will be located at the Manotick Arena between …… You can drop items off that are in good condition. Please check their website to see if there are any items they do not accept.

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