Thank you for Volunteering for the 2018 sale….

If you would like to be contacted about this year’s sale and have an idea about how you would like to volunteer please use this link to SIGNUP.COM, and please provide your full name, and email address (phone optional) when prompted.

You will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator for your chosen activity sometime in the summer of 2019.

Here is a list of the tasks that will need to be done when we start up again later this year.

Pre-Sale Set-up 1


Volunteers are needed before SORTING starts in September to move furniture out of storage, to set up the tables for sorting, and to lay out the sale site. This typically takes place over a few days in the last couple of weeks of August. The ability to lift and carry is essential.

Sorting & Disposal Crew

September & October

“Sorters” are needed from just after Labour Day until the week leading up to the sale weekend. The main task of the sorter is to examine incoming donations, categorize, and then move items to the appropriate locations at the sale site. You must attend a mandatory training session in the first week of September, whether you are a new or returning volunteer.

Disposal crew are responsible for moving items that are unsuitable for the sale to the designated disposal areas on the sale site. Interested volunteers must attend a voluntary training session in the first week of September.

Children’s & Young Adult Area

September & October

Do you have a special interest in children’s and young adult literature? Could you help with the pre-sale sorting and the sale weekend in this special area? Pre-sale sorting of donations takes place from just after Labour Day until mid-October. The sale weekend will need a team of energetic people who have also worked as sorters in this section, who will help our youngest shoppers find good books and good bargains.

Pre-Sale Set-up 2

Immediately Before Sale, October

Volunteers are needed before the sale weekend to help move from sorting mode to sale mode: moving of tables and chairs, hanging of signs, posters, curtains and other tasks. It’s about two days of work immediately after sorting is finished in the week in October leading up to the sale weekend.

Sale Weekend

End of October

There are 6 shifts over the 3 days of the sale weekend. We need volunteers who can handle cash, tally customer purchases, monitor the doors, sale tables and floor. Prior to the sale weekend you must attend one mandatory training session. You should sign up for only ONE task per shift, but you can sign up for several shifts over the course of the weekend. The sale coordinators make every effort to assign you to the task you’d like to do, but may need to move you to a task that is under-subscribed but urgently needed.

To read a description of SALE WEEKEND TASKS from the 2018 training manual, please click here.

Post-Sale Cleanup

The week following the sale

It ain’t over ’til it’s over! We need plenty of strong (and some not-so strong) people in the four or five days following the sale to help box up left-overs, get the site tidied up, and move our tables, chairs and sale site paraphernalia back to winter storage.