It’s time for the Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s Mega Garage and Plant Sale May 23 and 24

It’s time for the Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s Mega Garage and Plant Sale May 23 and 24

Garage sale helps fund centre

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s Mega Garage and Plant Sale offers bargains galore while helping to fund programs

Stock up on housewares, pick up some new board games for the family or grab a few Christmas decorations at bargain prices.

These and more can be found at the annual Allan Brooks Nature Centre Mega Garage and Plant Sale, May 22 and 23, with Bargain Day May 30.

“Our sale is returning again this year for what is sure to be one of the biggest sales yet,” said Kaitlyn Richards, communications assistant at the ABNC. “There is a wide variety of treasures to be found, all organized into departments, making searching for your great find easier than ever.”

Items include books, housewares, sporting equipment, toys, pictures, Christmas decorations, automotive and garden tools, furniture and more.

“What started more than 15 years ago as a way to fundraise for the centre itself has grown into one of our most anticipated events,” said Richards. “Not only is it a fantastic way to recycle old gems and find new ones, but all money raised goes toward the development and promotion of educational and advocacy programs, as well as the purchase of learning resource materials for the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, so you can feel even better about your purchase.”

Volunteers at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre are busy preparing for one of the biggest garage and plant sales ever to take place in the Vernon area.

The dedicated volunteers diligently sort through the many donated items placing similar items together and culling those that are not suitable for selling. A large variety of healthy perennial plants, many donated by master garden volunteers will also be for sale.

Since 1996, the ABNC has grown from a discontinuted weather station into an interpretive centre with activity rooms, display space, indoor and outdoor classrooms, picnic and play areas, an artist studio, native plant gardens, viewpoint sitting areas and a wheel chair friendly grasslands trail.

“The result is a facility for exceptional nature education in Vernon and surrounding area,” said longtime volunteer Mel Maglio.

Garage sale items are now being accepted and can be dropped off at the centre until Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If these times are inconvenient, please call the centre at 250-260-4227 to make alternate  arrangements or for pick-up. Please, no large appliances, mattresses, car seats, high chairs, household chemicals, outdated computers, electrical and sports equipment. For donations of large furniture, please call ahead to inquire.


The sale takes place at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre (above the Army Camp off Mission Road) — watch for the sign — and runs May 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Bargain Day May 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.