Books, lamps and childhood memories in the Glebe

Books, lamps, frying pans, sure.

Favourite childhood memories, though, isn’t what Shannon Watson was expecting to find at the Great Glebe Garage Sale.

While the Ottawa South resident didn’t have anything on her “to-buy” list, much to her delight, she stumbled upon a brown Beanie Baby identical to the first one she owned “when I was, like, four-years-old and I tied its hair and I lost it.”

She came across the toy Saturday morning.

“Its hair is tied the same way,” she said, grinning. “So I bought it for $1.”

Among odds and ends resting on a table, she scouted a bottle of homemade jam and quickly jumped on it.

A first-timer, “I’m most attracted by the sense of community in it,” Watson said, noting she enjoyed chatting with the vendors.

This was the third time in about 20 years Murray Martin of Almonte borrowed lawn space from his sister-in-law, Diane Scharf.

“I’m squatting here,” said Martin, chuckling.

Top sellers were rhubarb and asparagus out of Martin’s garden, and jigsaw puzzles.

“I have done shopping too,” Martin, a retiree, said, “but I’m at a point in my life now where I’m trying to get rid of stuff rather than accumulate stuff.”

Ian Gordon concurs.

“None of this stuff is going back in the house,” said Gordon, a resident for 15 years.

The sale began in 1986 and attracts thousands each year.

More than $11,000 was raised for the Ottawa Food Bank last year.


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