Saturday, July 9, 2011

What an great day!

It was only about five or six weeks ago that Jenn W introduced me to her mom, Marie,  and said "Mom's going to have a garage sale to raise some money for Hearts on Noses."  I thanked her and asked her to let me know when and where, and I would help out.  I mentioned I would have a few things to donate, and could also bring my portable Hearts on Noses information booth to tell buyers about the piggies.

And what a garage sale it was!  In just five hours, one woman, her daughter, and two of her young grandchildren raked in over $600 to help support the only mini pig sanctuary in Western Canada. 

It was the perfect day - sunny and warm with a light breeze to keep us comfy.  It was a perfect setting - Jenn's mom's passion is gardening and it shows - absolutely stunning gardens, packed  full of colour and texture and scent (and nary a weed in sight - how does she DO that?)!  And it was the perfect pace - a steady stream of buyers who neither overwhelmed us nor left us twiddling our thumbs.  Though who could feel overwhelmed or bored in a setting like this:

The new pond and waterfall
Entrance to vegetable garden!

Hanging Basket

And while there were no live piggies running around rototilling the garden, I thought these little guys in the garden would bring a smile to piggy-lovers' faces:

I know the work that goes into a garage sale - so I appreciate that the money wasn't raised in just five hours of selling but over several weeks of gathering and sorting and cleaning and pricing and storing before one can even put it out on display, sell it, and pack up the leftovers. 

It shows what one family can do, how just one family can make a difference in the lives of 39 pigs.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Marie, Jenn, Georgia and Lundyn. The piggies raise their snouties to honor you today.

Snouties Up!
Photo by Red Dog Photography 2008


Anonymous said...

Wow -what terrific people! The pig sanctuary must be very pleased.
Your pictures are getting better and better in composition Jean , and I am impressed with what your camera can achieve - with help from its owner of course. Why do all these interesting things in picturesque places happen when I'm not there? I would go wild in that garden with my camera and wild at the yard sale with my pennies. Hmm - maybe that is why I'm still here.

Big Sis

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased to hear that the garage sale was such a success.
What a beautiful garden what was. Thank you for including the pictures of it.


Janice Gillett said...

Isn't this fantastic!!!!!!!! Look at your booth and all of the signs on the tables ;o)) Wish i could of been there , look at all the stuff . I LOVE garage sale shopping now the only time i can go is when we have one LOL .

Thank you so much Jean for joining Jenn and her family in all the hard work that goes into these fundraisers! Great pictures , LOVE those pigs!!!

Faunadael said...


Thank you everyone who took part, from the organizers (!!!!) to the buyers: a VERY worthy cause!


Janice Gillett said...

Christine i think all her pigs need to to be rescued don't you?? lol

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing you have done - Great job everyone. Wonderful that the sale was a huge success.

Blessing to you for being such kind people.