It is too late for you to benefit from my GGGS Schema this year, but there are some other neighbourhood sales where it could come in handy as a resource for you. In any case, I will try to remind you of this next year before the sale.
- Don't make big plans for the late afternoon and evening. You will need a nap when you get home and you won't have energy for much more than a movie or video after supper.
- Wake up when you wake up, eat breakfast, have coffee. No matter when you get to the Glebe, someone will get there sooner and will get something you would have wanted.
- Do not arrange to meet someone in the Glebe unless one of you will be hanging out at a particular spot for several hours and will be easygoing about when the other arrives.
- Go with a friend (or two friends, but no more!), in choosing a sale companion, you should:
- Have enough in common that you will spend a similar amount of time at various locations, but:
- Have enough differences that you don't fight over who gets which item.
- Dress cool and comfy.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Walk into the Glebe. Do not even think of taking a car into the Glebe until after 3pm. If cycling, lock the bike up and go back to it when finished. Taking a bike through the crowds is a pain.
- Stay in the shade. Don't cross the street to go to an unshaded sale if you can't see something that catches your interest from a distance.
- Don't even think of covering every street and seeing every sale. In fact, don't bother with the blocks east of Bank. Lower sales' density, fewer churches.
- Churches have cool basements, good prices, and public washrooms. They also tend to be pretty well organized at food sales.
- You can rinse your coffee cup in a church restroom so that it will be available for lemonade or limeade.
- Do not buy anything that is at store prices. You might think, "but it's here and I'll be saved a trip to Ikea." Stop it!
- There are no returns at the GGGS.
- It's probably an Ikea price for dollar store quality.
- The Glebeoisie have to learn that high pricing means being stuck with junk at the end of the day.
- When you get home, you will probably realize you didn't want the stupid thing anyway.
- Buy lemonade from kids as often as your internal organs permit.
It has been a long time since I have shared with you one of my schemas for approaching an Ottawa event. I feel badly that I have left you all on your own and thus likely to have a sub-optimal time.
In the upcoming months, I hope to rectify this situation. If there is a specific Ottawa experience that you are not certain about how to approach, let me know and I will work on a schema for it.