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It’s not too late to sign-up to sell, and it’s not too early to plan all of your buys. Once again, we’ve partnered with the Danforth Mosaic BIA so not only are the residents holding sales, but many businesses are too!

In fact, the BIA has organized to have activities and entertainment along the Danforth so there will be fun for everyone that day!

#DanforthEast Yard Sale & Sidewalk Sale
June 9, 2018, 8:00am-2:00pm
**Rain or shine**

To check out the big map or to sign up for your own sale, click here.

Please note that yard sales can only be added if you live in the DECA area (plus a few blocks on some sides). We would love to include all east-enders but as volunteers, we just can’t manage an area bigger than this one to administer. The Sidewalk Sale goes all the way to Jones though!

The event is rain or shine so fingers crossed that our perfect streak of weather continues!


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The DECA Board is meeting tonight, Monday May 28 from 7:40-9:30pm at The Nooks Studio, 1912 Danforth Avenue.

Why come to a meeting? Lots of reasons! Perhaps you’d like to get involved. Perhaps you want to hear more about us and what we do. Perhaps you’d like to meet some neighbours. Whatever your reason, we look forward to meeting you!

7:15pm Meet and Greet
If you want to know more about us but the thought of coming to a meeting fills you with dread, or if you prefer to chat one on one, a few Board members will be at the Nooks Studio before the meeting starts from 7:15 -7:40pm, to meet and greet with anyone who wants to come out.

If you live nearby and can bring a folding chair, please do. The Nooks Studio has a limited number of seats. We’re grateful to owner Colleen Imrie for kindly offering us the Studio space for DECA’s Board meeting. We’ll serve some light refreshments and everyone is welcome to attend. Please email us if you have questions: info@deca.to.

Pick up a #DanforthEast Yard Sale Poster
Yard Sale Posters will be available for pick-up! Please take one home to advertise the Danforth East Yard Sale on your street.

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Get your haggle on, neighbours. 

165+ individual yard sales.  Multiple street sales.  Epic sidewalk sale. One neighbourhood. 

Is the rain going to stop us? Nope. (only 20% or less chance of rain from 8am on)

Click here to plan your shopping using our big map. If you check out the participants on the map you can see what they’re selling.

Special shout out to the legendary street sales:

  • Barker Ave
  • East Lynn
  • Cedarvale
  • Coleridge
  • Gatwick

And thanks to the Mosaic BIA for organizing their Danny Loves a Deal sidewalk sale from 10am-6pm on the same day as our yard sale. More people. More shopping. More awesomeness!

danny loves a deal

Let’s do this!

And if you see Bruce Cooper, give him a big high five because he’s the guy who brought this idea to DECA 4 1/2 years ago and he’s the guy who organizes this every year. Thank you, Bruce!


Other upcoming DECA events (click for more info):

Table Tennis for Tuition – sign up or make a donation to play on June 14, 16 & 23 (If you need some motivation, read about our scholarship winner here)

DECA Pride – our new LGBTQ group, first event on June 12 from 5-8

East Lynn Farmers’ Market, every Thursday from 3-7

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#DanforthEast Garage Sale Reminder & Posters

Just a quick reminder that the #DanforthEast Garage Sale is set for June 13th, rain or shine. All the sign up information can be found on the DECA website, including how to be sure your address is included on the map.

We have posters ready to help advertise the event. If you can help to put some up this weekend, please contact us at  deca.yard.sale@gmail.com.

St. Brigid’s Fun Fair – Friday, May 22

Swing by the St. Brigid’s Fun Fair next Friday for food and fun! You should probably spend some time prepping your gardens this long weekend as there will be vegetables to plant, native perennials species and colourful annuals available at the flower sale.


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Please join DECA on Monday, May 11 at 7:00pm at Tobias House (695 Coxwell Avenue) for Imagine the Danforth.

This public forum will be an opportunity for the community to hear urban mentor and former chief planner for the City of Toronto, Paul Bedford, present the top 10 ideas for the Danforth generated from his planning students at the University of Toronto.  Joining them will be architecture students from Ryerson University, who will present their vision and development of the Danforth East Streetcar Yards (located south-east of the Danforth and Coxwell.)

This will be a fun opportunity to Imagine the future of the Danforth – hope to see you there!

imagine the danforth


Here are some other upcoming events that we’ve recently blogged about:

Wednesday, May 6 – Community consultation/brainstorm session to generate ideas for better city and healthier community for the 100in1Day Festival, to take place on June 6.   Details here.
Thursday, May 7 – The last day to nominate your favourite local business (anywhere in DECA boundaries, not only on the Danforth) for the DECA Gems competition. You’ll see lots of blog posts featuring some of the nominees, but keep nominating  (no limit to how many times)!!  Details here.
May 8-14 – Battle of the Gems – have your say on which of the four DECA Gem finalists should win!
Saturday, May 9 – Danforth Adopt-A-Tree kickoff meeting – Details here.
Monday, May 11 – Imagine the Danforth (scroll up for details!)
Thursday, May 14 – Panel of judges to crown the winner of the DECA gems competition. Details to come.
Saturday, June 13 – #DanforthEast Garage Sale day – start clearing out your basements! Details here.


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The #DanforthEast Garage Sale Is Back–Saturday June 13th 2015 – Rain or Shine!

Volunteer-extraodinaire, Bruce Cooper, 37, explains everything you need to know about the best garage sale in the city. But first, we thought we’d let you get to know the person behind the event we love so much.

How long have you lived in the ‘hood?
We moved in 6 years ago because we like what the area had and the potential.
How did you get involved with DECA? 
I started coming out about three years ago to start the garage sale.
What was the inspiration behind the Sale?
When I grew up in Ottawa every year there was the Great Garage Sale. It is a huge annual that the whole city comes in to attend. Lawns are filled with stuff for sale, the streets are clogged with neighbours out and about. The neighbourhood where it happens reminds me a lot of DECA with a very active community group. It was a perfect match.
Advice for anyone with an idea for a community event?
Get started because if you don’t it won’t happen. We were hoping for a small event with 30 or 40 sales and let it grow organically. We were really surprised how big it got with over 120 sales. It is also important to reach out to the DECA board. There is a lot of experience and help available.

Now, everything you need to know, from signing up online to getting your stuff hauled away, in Bruce’s words:

It is a great annual event if you want to clear out the basement, find some great deals, meet your neighbours and get in some sustainable retail therapy. When we started the even two years ago we were hoping to get 60 garage sales but were blown away when we got nearly 120. Last year we had over 160 from Greenwood in the west all the way to Dawes in the East. This year we are hoping for a bigger and better sale all across the neighbourhood.

This year we’ve made it even easier to sign up–just head to our website here.

You can even list what you are selling. If you have anything unique or any collectibles, be sure to let the collectors and bargain hunters know about it.  On the day of sale I know it may be tempting to beat the crowds when you see that someone two streets over is selling a collection of rare VHS tapes but please respect your neighbours and don’t knock on doors before they set up. It is a Saturday after all and some of us can be a bit cranky before our first cup (pot?) of coffee.

The most successful sales are the ones where the whole street gets involved. The last two years both Coleridge in the north and the streets surrounding East Lynn Park both had full street sales. So why not talk to your neighbours and ask them to get involved. Street sales also get a special highlight on our famous map.

The map will be posted  map the day before on the blog and this year we will also post a jpg of the map to the DECA Twitter the night before so everyone can find where the best deals are on their phones. Make sure you sign up in time to get on the map.

Volunteers are always welcome. We are going to be putting up flyers this week and we could use a couple of people to help taping them up along the Danforth, pinning them up on the community message boards or putting them up in local businesses. Email me at deca.yard.sale@gmail.com

We could also use some help with promotions. We would appreciate any Twitter or Facebook posts that you are taking part or better yet discuss it with your friends in the area and neighbours. The more sales we have the more people will come out, the more we will sell and the cleaner our basements will be afterwards.

See you on the 13th and cross your fingers for a third sunny year in a row!

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Save the date for the 3rd Annual #DanforthEast Garage Sale!

Saturday June 13th (rain or shine)

Do you want to clean out a basement, sell those old skis or go bargain shopping while meeting up with your neighbours?  Then save June 13th when DECA will be hosting its third annual neighbourhood wide garage sale.  Last year we had over 160 individual sales all across the Danforth East and this year we are hoping to be bigger and better.
Stay tuned to the blog for info on how to sign-up and other details.

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