It's a Tottenham tradition.
Every April, the Town hosts the Toot n’ Holler giant garage sale where people hoping to get rid of their old items and other people hoping to find a bargain, jam the streets of Town and see what’s for sale.
Some people take this annual tradition very seriously and spend the entire morning going from house to house to see what treasure they can fi nd.
As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Some neighborhoods are more active than others and annual visitors know which streets to visit to see the most items up for sale.
This tends to cause a lot of congestion on normally pretty quiet streets, but everyone knows what is going on and enjoys the activity.
The sale usually gets underway pretty early – around 8:00 a.m. and the serious bargain hunters are there when everyone starts loading up their driveways.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the Toot n’ Holler has been cancelled.The event was cancelled last year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many residents have been asking when the giant garage sale will take place this year.
Everyone seemed to realize April was too early however, they were looking for a date in June.
Robyn Caruna, President of the Tottenham & Beeton District Chamber of Commerce, announced on May 25, that the event will not take place this year.
“It is with disappointment that we an-nounce that the Toot n’ Holler will be cancelled for this year,” the TBDCC said in a statement. “Under the current COVID-19 restrictions, garage sales are deemed non-essential and not permitted under Step 1 provincial orders. “A-though it is anticipated that the province will move into Step 1 on June 14, there is no guarantee. Therefore, we are unable to keep rescheduling during this uncertainty.”
On the good side, with no garage sales for two years, next year should be spectacular as everyone will have even more items up for sale.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times