To pre-register as a volunteer for the 2018 sale….
Please review descriptions for the volunteer task options available, below.
Then, visit our Volunteer Sign-up and Scheduling website at Signup.com
Once you are there please provide your full name (first and last), email address and phone number when prompted. Then identify the general areas you are interested in doing some volunteering, and save your selections before exiting the program. Later on, in early summer of 2018, you will be contacted by email with instructions about how to select specific dates for your chosen activity or activities – and yes, you can sign up to do more than one task!
Before the pre-sale sorting can start in September, the sale site needs to be set up. This means lifting and moving tables and other furniture, cleaning, and establishing the sale site activity areas. People are only needed for a few days in the last couple of weeks of August to help with this task.
Immediately Before Sale, October
Volunteers are also 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.
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.
August & September
Help us advertise the sale by delivering postcards and posters to designated areas around town. Our publicity coordinator will set up a time to pick up the posters and postcards at the sale site.
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/or 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 will help our youngest shoppers find good books and good bargains.
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 2017 training manual, please click here.
The week following the sale
It ain’t over ’til it’s over! We need 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.