Big-Hearted Bargain Hunters make 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Toronto’s Yard Sale for the Cure a Huge Success
From start to finish, it was a testament to what can be achieved in the name of a good cause. On May 23, in just under ten hours, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? raised $30,967.91 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) at its two Yard Sale for the Cure events. All the elements were there – thousands of thrifty bargain hunters, all manner of items up for grabs, gorgeous spring weather, and the mission to raise money for charity.
The amazing results could not have been attained without the support and generosity of the people of Toronto. Over 5000 people attended the sales at Kew Gardens and Trinity Bellwoods Park, and they didn’t just walk away with a fab find, they also left knowing that they have played a part in helping their community, as every dollar collected was donated to CBCF.
Yard Sale for the Cure was founded by cancer survivor Rachel Smith, whose vision is that “our daughters never hear the words ‘You have breast cancer.’” Since becoming involved with the event in 2006, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has helped raise over $211,000 for CBCF, which includes this year’s fundraising efforts.
Thousands of quality, gently-used items were on sale including furniture, decor, sporting goods, books, DVDs, unique treasures, and much more. Plus, a delicious BBQ at both locations helped to fuel the thrifty bargain hunters!
As part of the Trinity Bellwoods Park sale, there was an exciting addition for 2015. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and CBCF partnered with six Ontario-based designers and DIY experts to create one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces that were auctioned off during a silent auction at the sale.
Amanda Forrest, Lindsey Gerrish, Melissa DiRenzo, Staci Edwards, Janet Hamilton, and Melissa Davis are the six exceptionally talented designers who hand-picked the “junk” pieces and gave them new life – with stunning results.
The event was run by the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? team in Toronto, with support from volunteers from the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? family, and supporters of CBCF. We extend a big thanks to everyone and congratulations to the Toronto team for another successful year raising vital funds to support the fight against breast cancer.
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Alana Free is a PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. While seemingly a mild-mannered geek who believes that Goonies never say die, Alana is actually a member of a secret league of Australians slowly taking over North America. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.