This Is our Village

Monday, March 10, 2014

Century Village Garage Sales DO NOT have outside vendors setting up.

This is in response to David Israel's request for some input: 

At the latest Delegates' Assembly, George Nathan from Windsor C got up and stated that "outside vendors" were setting up at the Century Village garage sales.  I am very involved with these sales, and held one at  my building (Windsor Q) recently. I assume he got the idea at that sale, because one of my neighbours (who set up) told me a man had commented to him that there were outside vendors present - he "knew" they were not Century Village residents, because he had seen them at local flea markets.

Well, Mr. Nathan is correct in that he has seen many of us set up outside the Village. A whole gang of CV residents set up at the Elk's monthly flea market and also we sometimes set up at local churches and synagogues, as well as at other venues. There is no charge to set up at a Century Village Garage sale, so there would be no purpose in allowing outside vendors in, why would we want the competition?  (The only occasional charge is $1.00 to cover the cost of the flyers which are distributed all over the Village.)

From the turnouts we get, it is obvious that many CV residents love the sales, they constantly ask when the
next one is, we have more "regulars" than the Wednesday night Bingo.  It is extremely social for both the vendors and  residents. Many of the elderly residents do not want to buy anything, but they love to come and wander through.  A lot of people (including myself) have made new friends at the sales, just mingling and chatting.

Obviously, we do not run all the sales that are held in the village, but the ones I am involved with have had their locations picked with care, making sure there is enough space for vendor set up and customer parking. If someone asks me to run a sale at their building, I look at it first, and if it is in a location that will cause congestion, I explain why it is not a good idea to do it. At sales set up by others, I have yet to see anybody selling who does not live in the Village.

Mr Nathan, you are also stated that it reminds you of living back on Orchard Street, (I Googled and assume you meant Manhattan), and that having these sales "sprouting up all over is demeaning to the village".  REALLY!!  I totally do not understand your negativity.........why on earth are you so upset that they take place?


17 comments:

Marc said...

Roz, some people will complain about anything and everything, please keep doing the garage sales, it is a great activity for CV.

Grace said...

The garage sales do not disrupt traffic at all. They are a way for people to meet their neighbors and make new friends while doing a bit of shopping in the village. Marc is right. Some people need something to complain about in their lives or they have nothing.

Plcruise said...

Your are so right Grace about the complaining. Just look at the Gary blog and see his trying to rewrite the recent UCO election history.

David Israel said...

Hi Peter,
March 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM,

Check his post, did you know that 184 - 112 = 35

Dave Israel

Don4060 said...

184 votes equals 60.86 percent of votes cast.

9.14 points short of what would be considered a landslide, but a clear mandate for the incumbent and his policies. Also, IMO, a clear message sent to the "old guard" and the grifter ethic of frivolous lawsuits, improper reliance on insurance, and back room collusion.

elaineb said...

Dave send gary blog your Math Portal link!

elaineb said...

The Kent tag sale last weekend was excellent. Greeting cards 5 for $1. Lots of happy people

Don4060 said...

Actually, my arithmetic is a little off- it was based on 111 challenger votes, not 112..

David Israel said...

Hi all,
To a first approximation, 62% - 38%.

Dave Israel

Don4060 said...

Oy, that greeting card lady grabbed my wife and counted her five cards. Wife's head became tomato red and steam shot out from the sides of her eyeballs- I had to get in the middle and smooth it out. Lady said every other person tries to beat her on the twenty cent cards. I believe her.

Marc said...

Hi david, that,s exactly what I tried to post on that other blog. I guess Gary olman doesn't want to be corrected. I thought it was an open forum. I,m glad you,re removing the link.

BettieL said...

I beleive "Garage" Sales belong
where they "Originated" from....
Private Home Garages...not parking
spaces in front of one's Association. However, why not
co-ordinate your efforts and reserve "Duck Island"
A perfectly safe location,with an abundance of parking,in adddition to providing access to many, who rely on our transportation...
should they wish to use that opportunity to not only shop but socialize as well!

BettieL said...
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Don4060 said...

Great idea. Centrally located, bus riders can get there.

Roz F. said...

Hi BettieL, thank you for your suggestion.

You can only get reservations for Duck Island if you are an organization/club that holds meetings in the clubhouse. Anyone can go, but if you pick a day which an organization later decides upon, they have the right to the tables etc. because they have a reservation,and you don't.

Tried it Dec/12 for a picnic but was turned down.......even though I said our group has no need for clubhouse meetings, we meet regularly for lunch. (We took a gamble and planned it anyway and luckily no organization decided on that day).

Incidentally, because you mentioned it, many residents already visit the sales via transportation.

Suggestions for other locations would be warmly welcomed, we would love to have a permanent spot.

And Don4060, I promise you that I am not the greeting card lady!!

Don4060 said...

That poor lady has her hands full.

Grace said...

I don't think that Duck Island is a good place to have the garage sales. It is out of the way.