The ‘biggest garage sale’ in Williams Lake is coming to Save on Foods this weekend, giving people the opportunity to ‘turf’ out their garage or storage shed and donate to a great cause, says SPCA Community Council chair Cheri Galatiuk.
“Bargain hunters and collectors come from all over for this fun sale – there’s something here for everyone,” she said.
Money raised from the giant garage sale goes to the local SPCA shelter to help animals in need, she added. “It provides food and basic needs, vet care for sickness, spays and neuters and microchips; it goes toward cruelty cases and animals that have been starved, neglected and abandoned,” she said. “It pays for things like pulling infected teeth, setting fractured bones, treating bite wounds, insect infestations and infections.”
A lifelong animal lover, Galtiuk is also a veterinarian at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital and has three rescued dogs as pets: three-legged border collie cross, Lady, black lab Kaley and heeler cross Inu.
She said Lady was dropped off pregnant with a broken leg and was on a euthanasia list, that Kaley was left at Shoppers Drug Mart and that Inu experienced a severe reaction to an injection.
“Other than wanting to be a ballerina when I was in Kindergarten, I wanted to be a vet all my life,” she explained, adding that volunteering with the SPCA Community Council gives her further opportunities to provide care for animals.
The Williams Lake SPCA garage sale is one of those opportunities, she said. “I started by looking at past fundraising events and found out that the garage sale had been done in the past but forgotten. I wanted to resurrect it and it grew and grew.”
She noted the garage sale has something for everyone, including bargain hunters and those wanting to downsize.
“One lady last year has just moved, had no furniture and desperately needed a bed and other people just grabbed things and filled up shopping carts,” she said. “I also love this because I’m all for reusing and recycling.”
Sales have included things like furniture, couches, futons, a dog house, clothing, kids’ toys, exercise equipment, sporting gear, appliances, trinkets, tools, garden equipment, books and more.
The sale isin the Save on Foods parking lot on Saturday, June 8 starting at 9 a.m. and items can be dropped off at the SPCA shelter or the Williams Lake Vet Hospital.