What better way to kick off summer in Ottawa than with the annual Great Glebe Garage Sale! Originating in 1986, the much-anticipated annual sale takes place rain or shine every year on the fourth Saturday of May. The event partners with the Ottawa Food Bank to donate some proceeds towards the not-for-profit organization that provides meals to families in need in the Capital region. Vendors donate some of their profits to the organization every year and shoppers are encouraged to do the same. Make sure to bring cash as ATM's are known to run out early on in the day and leave your car at home on Saturday, parking is far and few between. Hop on ye’ ole-faithful OC Transpo route or take a bike ride instead!
The Great Glebe Garage Sale is also a great way to interact with plenty of local Ottawa Vendors and businesses that’ll be present for the event. Capital Barber Shop will be on scene working with a great cause while helping you stay fresh. They’ll be offering free haircuts outside their location at 590 Bank Street with a minimum donation to the Ottawa Humane Society. Help the animals and get a clean cut; it’s a win-win for all involved.
With all the walking around and vintage hunting you’ll be doing this weekend, remember to stay hydrated. Stream Water, Canada’s first still water in Aluminum cans, will be located at Fifth and Percy with plenty of environmentally friendly packaging and H20 to keep you cool. They source all their water from the Canadian Shield, sculpted by a glacier thousands of years ago, which deposited the unique gravel esker that filters their spring water and provides an ideal pH level. Icy clean and refreshing!
If you’re looking to acquire some stylish pieces, make sure to check out Downtown Underground, Ottawa’s very own Urban Street Boutique. You can shop their eclectic collection of brand new and pre-loved pieces at the corner of Lyon and Fifth from 5am to 3pm, rain or shine. You're sure to score from their stellar array of streetwear. Sizes XS-3XL will be available in a wide range of styles (a lot with the tags still attached) and loads of shoes and boots to dig through all from $2-$20.
See you Saturday in the Glebe!
For more nitty-gritty info check out the Glebe Community FAQ page for the Great Glebe Garage Sale:
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