City reschedules Reuse Rendezvous to avoid April showers

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
April 15, 2018 - 9:14am

The City says the Reuse Rendezvous is being moved to hopefully avoid the typical rainy April weather.File Photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — A popular city-wide swap meet is getting rescheduled to hopefully brighter days.

The City's manager of sanitation, recycling and public works administration Charlotte Davis said the Reuse Rendezvous, typically held in mid-April, will instead be moved to the summer this year.

Davis said they've been hearing feedback from residents saying typical April weather often dampens participation in the event.

"I had contemplated not doing the Reuse Rendezvous altogether because of the success of the trunk sale. But we've heard from residents they would miss Reuse, so we're going to host it this summer when we can hopefully guarantee some better weather."

The Reuse event saw people place unwanted household items at the curb over a specific weekend for others to search through and possibly take home. It was a fixture in Nanaimo, running for more than 15 years.

Davis said while the exact date hasn't been nailed down, the plan is to combine the Reuse Rendezvous with the Nanaimo Recycles Car Trunk Sale, which was a huge hit when it debuted last September.

The trunk sale involved people packing the Nanaimo Curling Club parking lot to sell items out of the back of their vehicles. Anything left over was donated to a variety of charities on hand.

"I was overwhelmed by both the number of vendors that wanted to take part and the amount of people that came down," Davis said of the inaugural event.

She said the City is planning a larger venue and broader promotion for this year's trunk sale.

Davis expected the Reuse and trunk sale events to happen in late July or August, with official dates to be included in new garbage calendars coming out in June.


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