COVID-19 makes the simplest things complicated.
For Lynnsy Noll, the president of the Quesnel Elks Lodge, that meant carefully planning their second annual garage sale for Aug. 22 starting at 10 a.m.
“Try and keep the touching of the stuff to a minimum,” Noll said. “[We’ll] have a one way layout, so they can’t just double back.”
The event will be hosted at the lodge, with sanitation stations as sale-seekers enter, a dedicated entrance and exit, and a careful layout to allow for social distancing.
“It’s quite a large space, so we’re going to lay it out so it’s all along the perimeter, instead of having to go up and down multiple aisles,” Noll said.
Tables are available for rent, or people can donate directly to the Elks, so they don’t have to worry about selling their own stuff.
Noll said most of the Elks’ funds come from hall rentals – now an impossibility due to the pandemic.
“We had to close down and cancel all our rentals with COVID-19, so we lost our main source of income,” she said. “We normally hold fundraisers throughout the year, but this one started a bit late because we weren’t sure what we were able to do.”
The Elks were established in Quesnel in 1950.
“For all those 70 years in Quesnel we’ve been supporting every other non-profit and community group there is,” Noll said. “Anything you can think of, we’ve given our time and our money to them.”
To arrange a donation or book a table, visit www.facebook.com/QuesnelElks.
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