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AKEN Giant Rummage and Bake Sale Estonian Life
Eestlased Kanadas 14 May 2016 EL (Estonian Life)Eesti Elu
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The biggest and the best sale in town!
Gross earnings on April 30th in 7 hours - $13,600!
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After the fact it seems somewhat absurd to think that the orgnizers of the AKEN Giant Rummage and Bake sale (also known as HIIGELBASAAR or AKEN Basaar #25) were worried about whether there would be enough stuff to sell. Their worries proved to be groundless as the Estonian community, as always, came through with flying colours!

It appears that word about the giant sale on April 30th spread like wildfire throughout the the Esto community and people did indeed begin to peek under beds and to poke around in various other storage places for items they could donate to the sale. And donate they did! And the women of the organizing committee are always amazed and forever grateful that the donators faithfully follow the guidelines provided regarding what to bring, when to bring and where to bring their donations.

Variety is not only the spice of life but is the life-blood of a successful rummage sale. The donaters rose to the challenge and offered up everything on the ”wanted items list”, everything from „nuts to bolts”, everything including the kitchen sink and a luxury toilet seat. Everything, that is, except for musical instruments! So, looks like noone had any extra accordions, guitars or bagpipes hanging around? Well, there’s always next year. Yes, next year the AKEN women will be hoping for at least a few harmonicas!

And what about the new venue you ask? As much as they loved their old home at the corner of Carlton and Jarvis Streets, the AKEN team discovered that Esto House was actually an ideal place for a sale the magnitude AKEN Basaar #25. A spacious entranceway, a spacious foyer connecting the spacious large hall and the semi-spacious centre hall made the flow of movement comfortable and easy for everyone. No crushed bodies, no need to render first aid to any overexuberant customers! And a parking lot – what a luxury for shoppers and volunteers alike! And the best part of all for the veterans of the Hiigelbasaari days – no stairs to climb! Memories of traipsing up and down from basement to the third floor balcony of St. Andrew’s Church linger on and on.....

You had to see it to believe it! ʺGargantuanʺ is the word that come to mind when trying to describe the scene beheld by the customers as they entered the large hall of Esto House on the day of the sale. Stuff on the tables, stuff under the tables, wall-to-wall stuff everywhere! A treasure trove for bargain hunters who love to rummage through, to purchase and to own previously owned stuff.

But the whiff of home baked goods wafting through the halls of Eesti Maja eventually resulted in the inevitable – a sold out Cafe and Bake sale located in the centre hall of the building. The other half of the centre hall was devoted to a hugely expanded, hugely successful Esto Boutique where Estonian handicraft enthusiasts had a heyday outbidding each other to purchase items such as amber necklaces, brooches and bracelets as well as beautiful silver brooches (ʺsõled”), bracelets and necklaces with viking ship pendants.

According to an old adage ʺsuccess breeds successʺ. Yes folks, there will be another Giant Rummage and Bake Sale, another Hiigelbasaar in 2017 and it will be even more successful than this year’s sale. Guaranteed.

Ellen Leivat, AKEN committee (and proud owner of a viking ship pendant)

Looks like super saleswoman Marta Kivik helped a delighted Kristina Heinsoo find something she always wanted but could find nowhere else except at AKEN’s Giant Rummage Sale! Another sale, another dollar for the AKEN kassa! Photo: Maaja Matsoo


What’s this? An art gallery? Yes! A bedding store? Yes! Art and fabric enthusiasts Anu Turnbull and Maaja Matsoo took on the „giant” task of setting up and pricing items in the well-stocked art and bedding departments at AKEN’s Giant Rummage Sale. Photo: Kristiina Valter

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