Ponoka garage sale to bring community together

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ADAM JACKSON/Ponoka News

At a garage sale, one man’s trash is usually another man’s treasure.

But when you have an entire system of garage sales and vendors across Ponoka, you can almost guarantee that everyone will be able to find their personal treasure.

The Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce will make a small change this year to the community-wide garage sale on July 23.

“This year, we’re switching it up,” said executive manager Lana Johnson.

In previous years, the vendors and homeowners set up on Chipman Avenue and all sold from a centralized spot. This year, the vendors will be waiting for the customers to come to their homes.

For a registration fee of $10, sellers can register with the chamber and have their names and addresses published in the Ponoka News that will outline all of the sales going on in Ponoka.

“Right now we have 22 different sellers lined up,” said Johnson. “We didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s going pretty well so far.”

Johnson says that the deal is sweet for shoppers, but it’s also sweet for sellers.

“They get a lot in return for their entry fee,” said Johnson. “They get their garage sale marked off on the map of Ponoka in the paper, which allows people to know where they are.”

According to Johnson, although this year is completely different than previous years, there has been good feedback about it so far.

“People are liking the concept,” said Johnson. “We’ll just see how well it works.”

The town-wide garage sale is open to both small businesses and residents alike, but if you want to register, you have to register at the Ponoka Visitors Information Centre before the end of the day on July 15 or call 403-783-3888.