Great Glebe Garage Sale FAQs

Great Glebe Garage Sale FAQs

Great Glebe Garage Sale FAQs

What is the date?

The sale is always the fourth Saturday in May; the next sale will take place on Saturday May 25th, 2019 from about 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is no rain date – the sale happens, rain or shine.  

What’s the connection with The Ottawa Food Bank?

From the start of the Great Glebe Garage Sale in 1986, the Glebe Community Association has encouraged vendors (and shoppers) to voluntarily donate some of their proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. As a charitable organization, the Ottawa Food Bank will issue tax receipts for donations of $10 or more.

The Ottawa Food Bank provides food and support to over 38,400 people in Ottawa every month.    Through their relationship with food industry partners, the Ottawa Food Bank turns every dollar donated into $5 worth of food.  With just under 3% of their its funding is from government sources, your donation will truly help feed those in need.

*** Despite the rainy weather, the 2018 sale raised almost $12,000.  ***

How do I donate to the Ottawa Food Bank?

The best way to donate is on-line through the Great Glebe Garage Sale’s page on the Ottawa Food Bank’s website at  – another option is to donate on-line by selecting “Great Glebe Garage Sale” designation on the drop down menu on the Ottawa Food Bank’s general donations page.  Choosing one of these options is the best way to make sure that your donation counts towards the overall total for the Great Glebe Garage Sale.  Important: the Ottawa Food Bank does not buy, trade or sell donor mailing lists.

You can also mail your donation to:
The Ottawa Food Bank
1317B Michael Street
Ottawa, ON K1B 3M9

Given that most donations in recent years have been made on-line rather than in person, the Food Bank will not be at the Glebe Community Centre this year. If you are not able to make a donation in any of these ways, contact the Ottawa Food Bank at 613 745 7001, they will be happy to help.

What will happen if it rains?

Vendors are encouraged to plan on using tarps or garages since there is possible rain in the forecast for this weekend.

Where is the Glebe?

The neighbourhood sale is held in the City of Ottawa in ‘The Glebe’, the neighbourhood bordered by Bronson Avenue, the Queensway (417), and the Canal.  You can view a map here… 

Ideally, please keep your cars at home. A number 6 or 7 OC Transpo bus going north/south on Bank Street will take you into the heart of the Glebe.  The OC Transpo travel planner is helpful:

My friend told me I need to register my house to sell my stuff, even though I live in the Glebe. How do I do that?

If you’re selling from your private property or have permission to sell from someone else’s home/driveway/porch, no registration or additional permission is needed.  Make sure you comply with City of Ottawa rules related to selling cooked food, if that’s part of your plans.  See below for more information on selling food and other things as well as information on how you can sell or donate your stuff if you don’t live in the neighbourhood.

I don’t live in the Glebe. How do I find space to sell my stuff?

There is no official registration – most of the sale is made up of people spontaneously selling their stuff from their lawns, driveways or porches.    If you plan to use private property that you don’t  own/ rent, you need permission from the property owner.  Selling from City property is not permitted.

Some local organizations provide spaces for vendors in exchange for a donation.  Stay tuned for details closer to the sale date. For Glebe organizations:  if you are providing sale space and want information posted here, email us at

Can I donate my stuff to be sold at the Great Glebe Garage Sale?

Have stuff that needs a new home?  Want to donate in a purposive way? Heading out for the weekend and can’t participate? Many Glebe and other organizations accept  donations of items to sell at the Great Glebe Garage Sale.  Stay tuned for details.

For Glebe organizations:  if you are accepting donations of sale items and want information posted here, email us at

What other environmentally friendly activities are planned?

In 2018, Ecology Ottawa was once again out in the neighbourhood handing out free tree saplings to folks from across the community, and engaging people in Ecology Ottawa’s campaigns.  They also created a fun community hub atmosphere in the parking lot of Boston Pizza (at 640 Bank Street at the corner of Clemow). Thanks Ecology Ottawa – cant wait to see what you have planned for 2019.

What about recycling?

Glebe Collegiate Institute (GCI)  annual free electronics drop-off is over for the year.

When it comes to donating unsold books – the Rockcliffe Park Public School Book Fair has some suggestions:

  • Pool your items with your neighbours and contact Book Fair to arrange a weekday drop-off time when we can have a volunteer meet you at the school- please dont use the  RPPS Book Bins this weekend. The Bins are emptied weekdays by hardworking volunteers. The rainy weekend forecast means that items stuffed between the interior bins or left outdoors will almost certainly get wet and will therefore be ruined.
  • Donate your items to other worthy organizations, such as:
    • Twice Upon a Time via Books on Beechwood – 35 Beechwood Ave. (Up to 20 children’s books.)
    • Little Free Libraries such as The Vanier Little Free Library – 155 Vachon Ave. at Dagmar Ave.
    • The Ottawa Park Public Library (During business hours only)
    • The May Court Library at the Ottawa Hospital – 501 Smyth Rd. (at the Info Desk)
    • Vincent de Paul – 1000 Frances St. or 1272 Wellington St.

Consider whether your unsold items are worth donating. Your own recycling bins may be the best place for them.

I saw Heritage Plaques on lawns last year, how do I get one for my house?

Homeowners are encouraged celebrate the wonderful architecture and social history of the Glebe by posting a Heritage Plaque that identifies the history or your home and its architectural style for passers by to enjoy on sale day.  The Glebe Community Association Heritage Committee is making this an annual feature of the sale to help increase awareness and appreciation of the special and valuable heritage character of our Glebe neighbourhood.  More information on researching your home’s history and templates can be found on the Heritage Committee page on this website.

Can I set up a table on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building or in a local park?

No.  Vending on public property such as sidewalks, boulevards, roads, and parkland is illegal without a permit and you may be ticketed by Ottawa by-law officers.

What about food sales?

Baked goods such as muffins, cookies etc. are easy to sell at the GGGS (they must be wrapped).  However, any food requiring cooking, especially meat, requires careful planning. 

City of Ottawa food inspectors are sure to be on-site on the day of the sale to inspect food trucks and all other vendors of cooked food – e.g. hamburgers/ hot dogs etc. You will be inspected, so please be sure to be ready.  It is important to know and comply with the City’s food regulations to make sure you meet the inspectors’ expectations.  This document tells you what the health inspectors will be looking for:   If you are unable to meet the city’s public health inspector’s requests, you may be asked to discontinue selling food. 

The Ottawa Public Health’s website provides more information about these health-and-safety requirements.  See for more information and here is the link to the Application Form for Food Service at a Special Event. You’ll need to give the city two weeks notice of your plans (it’s free).

If you are a chip-wagon or a hot-dog cart or another type of mobile food vendor, you are not allowed to vend in a residential area unless you have permission from the owner of a property (e.g. in a parking lot). Then you must also get a permit for the day.  Here is a link to  Special Events website for more information for food vendors planning on attending the sale:

If you have any questions about selling food you can email or phone 613-580-6744.

What are some tips for a successful garage sale?

Set up early so that you are prepared for those early birds!  Price all your items, either individually or in groups (eg. books 25 cents). Display items on tables or in boxes according to type and/or price. Have a cash box or change apron with lots of coins for change. In the case of large items that can’t be carried away, an impromptu sales receipt can be drawn up with a deposit and an exchange of telephone numbers to hold the item until the traffic has dwindled and you can return with a vehicle to pick up your treasure. Taking a photo of the location can be helpful in helping you find it later.

Are there any other regulations regarding the items I sell?

Health Canada has posted information for garage sale vendors on their Consumer Product Safety website. Everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible for ensuring that products being sold, whether new or used, are safe and meet current regulatory requirements. It is important to only sell items that are in good condition. Damaged articles should be discarded. You can find more information here.

What about parking?

Parking is limited in The Glebe at the best of times! We strongly encourage you to walk, ride your bike or take the bus for best access. If you must drive, kindly park your car and walk in to the neighbourhood to reduce congestion. The amount of pedestrian traffic makes driving dangerous for everyone. If you’re a Glebe resident, try to park your vehicle off the street to make room for the many visitors we see every year.  

If you do decide to try to drive into the neighbourhood, there are several public parking lots in the Glebe and some organizations offer parking on their property for a donation (such as Corpus Christi School at Third Ave and Lyon and Your Credit Union  in their lot at 14 Chamberlain Avenue (Bank and Chamberlain). These tend to fill up quite early.

Are there any designated no parking zones?

All the usual parking rules are in effect. Please check the posting of parking signs and ensure that you are not blocking a fire hydrant or driveway. In 2018 parking restrictions were in place for the following locations:

  1. Fifth Avenue – both sides between Bank St and Queen Elizabeth Driveway
  2. O’Connor Street – both sides between Fifth Avenue and Pretoria Bridge
  3. Strathcona Avenue – both sides between O’Oconnor Street and Metcalfe Street
  4. Metcalfe Street – both sides between Monkland Avenue and Pretoria Avenue
  5. Bronson Avenue – both sides from Powell Avenue and Lakeside Avenue
  6. West side of Bank Street between Powell Avenue and Glebe Avenue
  7. Bank Street – both sides between First Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  8. First Avenue – south side between Bank Street and about 75M west of Bank Street
  9. Bank Street – east side o between Glebe Avenue and First Avenue
  10. Bank Street – east side  between Strathcona Avenue and Roseberry Avenue
  11. Roseberry Avenue – north side – between Bank Street and just east of Bank Street
  12. Second Avenue – north side – to the east and west of Bank Street

 Parking enforcement will also concentrate on no stopping zones and double parking.

Are there ATM machines nearby?

Yes, at the Royal Bank, Scotia Bank and Kettleman’s Bagel Shop, Shoppers Drug Mart as well as at Lansdowne Park (TD Canada Trust and BMO Bank of Montreal). There is also an ATM at the Loblaws on Isabella and a TD Canada Trust right next door.  However ATMs empty out early, so best to bring cash (including change and small bills) with you. Many bank branches will also be open that day.

What about access to public washrooms?

Ecology Ottawa will be providing access to public washrooms, sinks, and a water bottle refilling station—part of their commitment to our community.  This year they will also include a wheelchair accessible unit and a baby-changing-station-equipped unit, all located in the parking lot of Boston Pizza at 640 Bank Street at the corner of Clemow. We encourage you to use these facilities!

There are also public washroom facilities available on the second level of Fifth Avenue Court (Fifth and Bank Street), the Glebe Community Centre (Third and Lyon), Glebe St. James United Church (650 Lyon St.) and St. Matthew’s church at 217 First Avenue (near Bank St.) may also be open to the public.  In some cases, donations are accepted.  

How can I reduce my environmental impact?

 Vendors – please place a garbage can by the curb for litter. With the large crowds this event attracts, there can be a large amount of litter produced. At the end of the day, clean up around your property and ensure you don’t leave debris on the street. Shoppers – please hold on to your litter until you see a garbage can and then stash the trash.

Rain or shine, buyer or vendor, have fun on May 25th – and don’t forget to share your luck with the The Ottawa Food Bank.

Because the Food Bank purchases food items in large quantities and has a number of food industry partners, every dollar you donate is worth about $5 in food by selecting “Great Glebe Garage Sale” designation on the drop down menu on the Ottawa Food Bank’s general donations page.

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in this FAQ, please send an email to


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