Tuesday, May 31, 2011
What a great community!
They came with trucks and they came on foot. They came with carts and they came with bags, with kids and dogs and grandma too. And they came with cash.
Lots of cash.
They crowded the gate waiting for us to open – not just Saturday, but Sunday too. The annual Cowichan and District SPCA garage sale is a local legend, and no one, no one wants to miss it!
They wandered the booths looking for treasures,
and they chowed down on burgers and hotdogs and muffins and water and pop.
They shopped for books and clothes, kitchenware and tools, sports equipment, pet stuff, craft supplies and Christmas things. For movies and music, for linen and shoes and purses, for fine china and furniture and jewelry and toys and puzzles. For foot baths and fans, for candles and vases and lawnmowers and pots of flowers and even for trees. I’m not sure that we had a kitchen sink for sale, but we certainly had everything else.
And they kept on coming.
And they kept on shopping.
And by the end of Sunday, there wasn’t much left except some very weary volunteers.
And a lot of cash left behind by shoppers. Over $22,000. Yes, you read that right: over $22,000. All for the animals at Cowichan and District SPCA.
It's a great community effort - from the supporters who donated the goods, and the merchants and organizations who provided food and tents and flowers and tables and advertising, to the volunteers who pulled it together and of course the shoppers who came to buy, buy, buy. Truly a community success story.
I’m still exhausted and there were others who worked much harder – and much longer – than I did, so I can only imagine how they feel!
But I'd say it was all worth it. And I'm sure the animals think so too.