Doorcrashers find deals in Galetta

GALETTA – It’s a sale that only comes around the tiny village once a year – so you bet the deal-seekers were lining up early, waiting to get in.

The Galetta Community Association (GCA) annual four-day rummage and garage sale is known for its incredible deals and the first day had a line-up of shoppers waiting to see what this year’s best bets were. It had one the second day too.

The popular event started Saturday morning, continues Sunday afternoon and finishes up Monday and Tuesday evening. The first day is full price, which works out to two or three dollars an item. Sunday is half-price day. On Monday you can fill up a bag for $2 and Tuesday, just take it away.

West Carleton Online dropped by the mad sale Sunday just before organizers opened the door for Day Two. We skipped the line.

“It seemed like it went well,” GCA President Sandra Fletcher said of Day One. “The weather was on our side and we had a waiting line of people wanting to come in.”

The sale is held at the Galetta Community Centre and spills out on to the ice pad as well.

Last year the sale had to deal with a damaged community centre. Part of the centre’s roof was torn off by last year’s tornado.

“We’ve got the roof fixed so that’s not an issue this year,” Fletcher said.

But every year’s a learning experience and this year the volunteers realized they best start checking the nooks and crannies of the donated stock.

“We’ve found some money, we find keys,” Fletcher said. “We realized we should be checking the items too.”

At the end of the four days, any leftover items are delivered to the cerebral palsy foundation for them to re-sell.

The funds the rummage sale raises goes to support GCA programming, and the GCA often shares a bit of the wealth as well.

“Last year we made three donations,” Fletcher said. “We wrote a cheque to the West Carleton Food Access Centre, the Grove redevelopment project and West Carleton Disaster Relief. We decide who we are going to donate to in a meeting after the sale.”