Tables at last year’s Mighty Garage Sale in Metchosin were stacked with everything from household goods to personal items

One-of-a-kind experience returns to Metchosin

What’s old is new again at annual Metchosin Community Association fundraiser

It’s going to be a mighty fine fundraiser.

Metchosin’s Mighty Garage Sale celebrates its 17th year May 28 and 29, and residents of the rural community and beyond will be welcomed to a marketplace that Metchosin Community Association vice-president Johnny Carline said is a rare sight on this side of the world.

“It’s the rural equivalent to going to a main street in Hong Kong, where everything is a deal, or the bazaar in the Mediterranean. It’s a constant backward and forward, making offers,” he said. “People are enjoying it and it’s for a great cause (and) you get terrific bargain.”

Bargain hunters have much to see, but even those who aren’t interested in buying can help the cause by cleaning out their homes and donating items to the garage sale. MCA president Bob Burgis said the event, which also includes a silent auction, provides great deals and opportunities for everyone, including those benefiting from the Metchosin Community House’s programming.

“(Funds are) used for maintenance of the house and supporting programs, including Parents & Tots. Last time I was there, I think we had 18 kiddies running around here,” he said. “It really brings the community together.”

The garage sale, one of the largest in Greater Victoria, brought in approximately $16,000 in 2014 and $18,000 last year. The entire operating budget of the house is covered with funds raised at the garage sale and the Metchosin Community House Services Auction, held last month.

“When (the Mighty Garage Sale) started off, they were happy when it made $1,500,” Burgis said. “(Now) the sale provides approximately two thirds of the house’s operating revenue, so for us it’s a very important event.”

Donated garage sale items can be dropped off at the Metchosin Community House, 4430 Happy Valley Rd., from May 21 to 27 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Mighty Garage Sale comes to life Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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