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One person’s decision to downsize inspires
a community to clean house

August 6th, 2019

Independent Living residents at Points West Living Stettler held a successful curbside garage sale on July 26. It was a big job for everyone who participated, and because so many did, the line of tables and the number of goods for sale attracted lots of bargain hunters. It all started with one resident’s decision to downsize.

Team effort

Marie Brenchley (above, left) was moving from a 2-bedroom to a 1-bedroom suite, and approached Recreation Therapist Lisa Smith about having a community garage sale. “We held a meeting to determine interest and make a plan,” says Lisa. “Care partners and independent residents brainstormed ideas about advertising, set up, signage and supplies. We put notices up on Facebook, and signs on street corners and everyone told their friends.” 

After lunch on the 26th, care partners hauled tables outside onto the front sidewalk, and residents began bringing all of their sale items out to the tables and set up their many treasures. “I couldn’t believe how much stuff kept coming outside!” says Lisa. “I had to go into the building to find more tables, and even had to drive home to get my own folding table. It was exciting to see such a huge display.”

Constant flow of people

“Residents saw a constant flow of people coming to their sale as it is a busy street with both driving and foot traffic,” Lisa adds. “It was nice to offer an opportunity for Stettler community members to benefit from the residents downsizing. Fabrics, furniture, dishes, cabinets and so much more were on offer. Overall, we estimate 2/3 of the items were sold and the residents were happy with the results.”

In all, residents collected more than $400, with some turning their portion back to the PWL Stettler recreation program. Unsold items were taken to the local second-hand shop ‘Superfluity’, which raises funds for charitable recipients including Handibus and Meals on Wheels; both of which benefit PWL Stettler residents. The garage sale also resulted in the added personal benefit for residents of de-cluttering their homes and working together for a common goal. Well done, all!

Photo: Marie Brenchley and Donna Chapman, take a moment’s rest during the July 26 garage sale by Independent residents at PWL Stettler.

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