How to raise $37,000 in one day…at a yard sale!

One day. Two yard sales. Thousands of items and countless people. The Toronto 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise raised over $37,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in just a few hours at May 25th’s Yard Sale for the Cure, which brings the total amount fundraised in eight years of one-day yard sales to $145,000.

Easily recognizable in their bright pink T-shirts and bursting with excitement, volunteers (lovingly referred to as ‘Junketeers’ by one of the organizers) spent the morning setting up at two different parks in anticipation of ‘Toronto’s Biggest Yard Sale’.

Thousands of items–many gently used, some new–decorated tables and the lawn, sorted neatly into categories (one important lesson learned from eight years of fundraiser yard sales). An army of chairs stood together beside a plethora of couches, and rows of books lined up ready to meet potential owners.

The franchise had spent the month prior to the event collecting and storing these treasures, most having been picked up during residential 1-800-GOT-JUNK? jobs.

Sister moving company, You Move Me, readied themselves to deliver large items to buyers’ homes. Attendees poked through the massive sales, many looking for a deal, and many just looking to donate.

Whatever their objectives, they managed to put down $37,000 at both event locations, which meant 1-800-GOT-JUNK? smashed their previous record of $32,500 in 2012.

DSC_3284We’re in the perfect industry to host an event like this. Not only do we see many viable goods and gems among the junk we pick up every day, but we interact with the community so often, it just makes sense to give back. Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer in some way, and breast cancer affects around 1 in 8 women.

Our Toronto guys and gals have raised almost $150,000 towards the fight against breast cancer, and we hope that number increases every year. Thanks to everyone who made this possible by donating, purchasing, bidding, and of course collecting the many items! An additional benefit to the event–giving all these items a second life also keeps them out of the landfill.

Want to host your own yard sale? Get some tips from one of our Yard Sale for the Cure organizers, David St. James, in this great ‘The Morning Show’ segment on Global! 


Sam Landa is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability and is the Master of Ceremonies for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event every year in her hometown. In her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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