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2012 More Than Just a Yardage Sale

The weather was perfect. The atmosphere was filled with excitement. A profile of the 2012 More Than Just a Yardage Sale in the Toronto Star helped to promote the event. As a result we topped the sales figures for last year’s event. All proceeds support the Textile Museum of Canada’s collections, exhibitions and public programs.

More Than Just a Yardage Sale 2012

It takes many hours and dozens of volunteers to prepare items for the sale, staff the tents, and wrap things up. The sale would not be possible without those who donated items for our unique form of recycling and re-purposing, and this year they arrived in abundance. Not to be overlooked are our enthusiastic shoppers who lined up well before the opening hour.

More Than Just a Yardage Sale 2012More Than Just a Yardage Sale 2012

More than 20 volunteers worked through the winter and spring to prepare the donations for the sale. A special thanks goes to Andrea Diplock who coordinated the whole event, Pat Steenbergen who oversaw the workroom, and Karen Weston who managed the deliveries of the donated items throughout the year.

On Thursday, two trucks brought goods from the workroom at 401 Richmond St. W. The first truck was emptied by noon on Friday. The rest of the items came out gradually as eager shoppers made their selections. The official closing of the sale on Saturday afternoon was not the end of activity. Several charities benefited from unsold items. Other goods were sorted and bagged for future sales at George Brown College, our fall For the Love of Cloth sale of decorator fabrics and the December Open House at 401 Richmond St. W.

A myriad of activities goes into making the two-day sale a success. Some are up front and obvious such as refreshing the sales tables, interacting with customers, and managing the cash. Others are also essential but take place behind the scenes such as loading and unloading the trucks, setting up the sales areas, preparing food for the sales assistants, and engaging suppliers. There were over 240 time slots to fill during the two days of the sale. All of the Museum staff and 62 Museum volunteers took part in what was an amazing team effort. A special thanks goes to master trouble-shooter, John Huculiak.

Shauna McCabe, TMC executive director, has a special message for everyone involved in More Than Just a Yardage Sale.

“It is clear the event requires much coordination and collaboration. On behalf of the Board and staff I’d like to offer our great appreciation and congratulations on its great success! The volunteers are invaluable to the Museum and its sustainability. Many, many thanks.”

Visit the Yardage Sale page to see a gallery of photos from this year’s sale.


About Strand News

Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.


This entry was posted on June 14, 2012 by in Uncategorized.

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