May 022010

Call the people at “Guinness”, Vancouver is holding the World’s Longest Garage Sale. At least that’s how they’re billing it.

Long or short, I’m a sucker for a garage sale. I love wading through junk in search of  a deal, treasure, thing I really don’t need but want. That’s why I like Winner’s it’s like a sophisticated garage sale. Hey, you have to dig to find the good stuff.

Armed with my sister (she’s the aggressive one), I will brave the 30 blocks of bargains on Blenheim (say that 10 times fast). It’s a shame the sale’s only on from 10:00am until 2:00pm (looks like we’ll have to be strategic and pace ourselves).

Tis the season for rummage sales, garage sales, school bazaars, church bazaars and alike. I love spring…out with the old and in with the new.

7th Annual Blenheim Street Bazaar
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

30 blocks of bargains on Blenheim Street between 16th Ave & SW
Marine Drive hosted by the Blenheim Neighbourhood Group.
Look for the yellow balloons!

Apr 282010

I just got back from the sample sale at the GX Building complex. Two neighbouring buildings are holding sample sales; one contains children’s clothes, the other adult clothes. There are over 50 showrooms selling brand names such as Mexx Kidds, Misco Girl, Lovely Girl, Point Zero, Stephen Joseph and more. These are great little buildings to stroll around. I bumped into a lot of other Mommies at 10:00am this morning.

Baby clothes (onesies, sleeping sacks, socks, sleepers, hats etc…) make up the real deals at this sale. If you have a newborn or are a regular guest at baby showers, this is the place for you. If you are on a budget and have a boy around 2-3 years old there isn’t much selection. As you already know (if you have a boy), girls clothes usually make up most of the store and boys clothes can be found on one or two racks.

If you’re looking for dirt cheap clothing,  go to a Kids Swap. The clothing here is mostly designer, priced at cost or just below cost. Even so, I couldn’t resist getting a few things. A hilarious toque and collared shirt ($20) and an army-style hat ($3). 

It was a fun little outting and I’ll probably go again next time…and yes, I’ll probably take Grampa again too…it makes shopping so much easier when he can walk Daemian around and dole out the cheese fish.

The sample sale continues until May 1st.

GX Building Sample Sale (April 28 -May 1)
1868 Glen Drive, Vancouver (behind Home Depot off Terminal)
Wed to  Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat 10am-5pm (Note:  Some stores may be closed on Saturday)

Apr 172010

Only in the United States of America could you stumble upon a suped up, sports car, grocery cart with dual action steering wheels. This contraption was 5 1/2 feet long. It felt like I was pushing an actual car (or a freighter) but I didn’t care; my son went from bawling to beaming in a split second. It was a magical moment; the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and a beam of light shone down from the heavens onto an abandoned, ruby red, race cart shopping cart in the parking lot. I grabbed it.

I’ve used car strollers at the mall before but I’ve never used a race car shopping cart. I highly recommend it if time isn’t a concern as the navigation was tough. It was a major workout for my arms to push the thing and turn corners. Plus, you seem to bump into everyone and everything, so get ready to say “excuse me”, “sorry”, “pardon me” a million times.

Therefore, slow and steady wins this car race. Using the race car shopping cart definitely makes shopping more enjoyable, if you’re in a browsing mood, as the kids are content. If you’re going to power shop, your best bet is to grab the regular shopping cart or better yet, leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa.

Fred Meyer
RTS Shopping Carts