Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mother Nature held back the rain long enough for many Orr Lake residents to market their wares in Saturday’s community garage sale. By all accounts, it was a successful day for all. Even at the end of North Orr Lake Road traffic was fairly steady, and we met many interesting people throughout the day. Thanks to all who participated.
Unfortunately, we must cancel the golf tournament previously scheduled for Saturday, July 4, due to a lack of registrations. Thanks to Jason Harris at OLGC for his willingness to accommodate us. If there is another sports or entertainment event that would be of more interest, please let us know.
At the end of the school year, there are often grads who realize that they are a few hours short of fulfilling their community service hours, or those just entering high school who want to get a head start on accumulating theirs. We can help with that! The OLRA is in need of volunteers to assist with our membership drive. Students need not be Orr Lake residents to obtain hours, nor are we limiting ourselves to youth volunteers. We are glad to have assistance from anyone who is willing to share an hour or two of time. Funds raised through membership sales are used to finance the annual picnic, as well as other events held throughout the summer. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 905-716-2571.
If July flies by as quickly as June has it will be time for the picnic before we know it. Plan to attend – call the extended family now and invite them out for a day of food, fun, and prizes. Solicit their help in decorating your boat with a pirate theme to enter our contest. Mark August 2 at noon on your calendar and, while you’re at it, take note of August 9 as well. Join us that day at Orr Lake Golf Club at 1:00 pm for our annual general meeting. We have loads of guests lined up with useful information on a variety of subjects.
Remember to keep an extra vigilant eye now that the kids are out of school, and enjoy all the fun in the fresh outdoors the season has to offer!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The gardens are in, spring cleaning is behind us, and the kids are ready to burst out the doors on the last day of school. It’s the perfect time to gather up items you can no longer use and earn some extra cash by taking part in the Orr Lake Community Garage Sale. On Saturday, June 27 just set up in your own driveway between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm and let the OLRA do the advertising. At the end of your sale, if you prefer not to tote everything inside again, why not donate your unsold items to the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children for their garage sale in August?
Let us know if you plan to participate so that we can better publicize on your behalf. Provide your address via email to email@example.com, text 905-716-2571, or call 705-322-7568. To arrange pick-up of your leftover items, call or text 705-725-4120 or email the above address.
Once you’ve decided to hold your sale, follow these tips to make it successful.
Start gathering the week before the sale. If you leave it until the last minute, you’ll be far too rushed to make sure you have the time to earn top dollar. Ask friends and family members to join you with their things if you feel you don’t have enough items to draw customers.
To make your sale as organized and as appealing as possible, group like objects together (glassware/kitchen items in one place; toys/children's books in another; and tools/lawn equipment in still another, for example). Hang up items for maximum visibility and so people can go through "your racks," just like they do at the store.
Place large items near the street to grab attention and, if possible, include items that will appeal to both men and women. Once you’ve drawn customers in, keep them interested. If you’re selling dishes, set a small table with flowers and a cloth. Create a reading nook for browsing books. Offer muffins and coffee, or cold drinks on a hot day.
Make sure items are clearly priced. Nothing turns shoppers off quicker than having to ask a price for every item they pick up. Always mark chipped or cracked items "as is" so buyers know the price is for the item, flaws and all. Whatever the condition of the items, make sure they look their best—press the linens, wash and wipe dry glasses and china, etc.
Be ready to haggle. Your browsers aren't looking to spend a fortune at your sale. Be ready to negotiate by pricing items slightly higher to leave room for price-haggling. When you set prices, factor in price breaks of about 20 percent to 30 percent off the price you'd like to receive. Have plenty of change on hand in a safe location, and provide boxes or bags to pack sold items.
Offer freebies. Pick out a bunch of things that you never want to see again and place them in a box that says 'free’. This way shoppers and browsers alike can pick out what they want from the box and everyone wins. Place this free box near the curb so passersby will be more inclined to see what else you have for sale.
Once you’ve cleared some clutter and earned some cash, why not spend it on a day of fun and prizes by reserving a spot in the upcoming OLRA Golf Tournament taking place at Orr Lake Golf Club on July 4th? For OLRA members the cost is just $38 for nine holes, $48 for non-members. Enter individually or recruit a team. Call or text Susan Eccleshall at 705-725-4120 to reserve a spot.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with canvassing for memberships, and for the Annual Picnic in July. Contact us using any of the options mentioned in this article to offer a bit of your time. We do provide community hours for students, so let your kids and grandchildren know how to reach us as well.
We hope you are all looking forward to the break from routine that the summer holidays provide and wish you a safe and happy season.