Saturday, June 1, 2013

RAYS 2013 FAQ!

2013 Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS) FAQs

What is the Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS)?

It is a community event organized in conjunction with the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents' Association.  Residents in the Roncesvalles Village area are the primary vendors working on their front lawns, driveways and porches selling anything and everything. Collectively they make one giant sale/community-wide event attracting thousands of people to the neighbourhood.

What is the date for RAYS?

RAYS is taking place on Saturday June 15th, 2013 and runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The rain date for RAYS is Sunday June 16th, 2012. Cross your fingers we have good weather that weekend!

Who can participate in RAYS?

All residents in the Roncesvalles area (as outlined in the map on the poster to your left/above) can sell their stuff from the comfort of their front yards, lawns or driveways/garages.

Specifically, the boundaries are as follows:

Dundas Street West to the NORTH*
Lansdowne Avenue to the EAST

Queen Street West to the SOUTH
Parkside Drive to the WEST

*please note that the "Ritchie Triangle" (which is comprised of Herman Ave.; Golden Ave.; Silver Ave.; Morrow Ave; and Ritchie Avenue) is eligible for participation in RAYS

If you live in this area, you should definitely participate! The success of RAYS depends on community-wide participation!

How do I register as a RAYS participant/seller?

Please send an email to Chris at ronces.yardsale AT with your name and address of your yardsale.

Why should I register as a RAYS participant/seller? 
Because the success of RAYS depends on it! This year, the organizers of RAYS have decided to improve the efficiency of the RAYS experience by providing a map of all RAYS yardsales to people coming to experience RAYS on June 15. This way, people will know EXACTLY where to go and can plan out their routes in order to go to as many yard sales as possible!

Where is Roncesvalles?

The Roncesvalles area is a multi-community comprised of three neighbourhoods (i.e., Roncesvalles, Sunnyside and High Park) that are connected by Roncesvalles Avenue east of High Park in the city of Toronto.

How do I get to Roncesvalles?

Exit at “Dundas West” station. Walk south from station on Dundas St. West 

501 (Queen Car) – Take the 501 going west. Exit at Roncesvalles/Queen, walk north on Roncesvalles Avenue
505 (Dundas St. West Car) – Take the 505 going west.
506 (College Car) – Take 506 going west

Will there be any road closures?


Can I set up a table on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building/house?

No. Vending on public property such as sidewalks, boulevards and roads is illegal without a permit and you may be ticketed by a Toronto by-law officer.

What are some tips for a successful yard sale?

Set up early so that you are prepared for those early birds! Price all your items, either individually or in groups (e.g., books 25 cents). Display items on tables or in boxes according to type and/or price. Have a cash box or change apron with lots of coins for change. In the case of large items that can’t be carried away, an impromptu sales receipt can be drawn up with a deposit and an exchange of telephone numbers to hold the item until the traffic has dwindled and you can return with a vehicle to pick up your treasure.

What about parking?

Parking is limited at the best of times! We encourage you to walk, ride your bike or take the TTC for best access. If you must drive, kindly park your car and walk in the neighbourhood rather than cruising in your car to reduce congestion/pollution. The amount of pedestrian traffic makes driving dangerous for everyone.

Are there any designated “no parking zones”?

All the usual parking rules are in effect. Please check the posting of parking signs and ensure that you are not blocking a fire hydrant or driveway.

Are there ATM machines nearby?

Yes. The following banks have ATMs on Roncesvalles Avenue:
  • TD Canada Trust (corner of Marmaduke Street)
  • Scotia Bank (corner of High Park Avenue)
  • Royal Bank (corner of Fern Avenue)
  • CIBC (corner of High Park Avenue)
How can I reduce my environmental impact?

Vendors - please place a garbage can by the curb for litter. With the large crowds this event may attract, there can be a large amount of litter produced. At the end of the day, clean up around your property and ensure you don’t leave debris on the street. Shoppers - please hold on to your litter until you see a garbage can and then stash the trash. 

Also, please bring reusable bags and a refillable water bottle! :)

Will there be a charitable aspect to RAYS 2013?


In RAYS 2008 and 2009, we asked sellers to donate 10% of their sales to the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, a local community rec. centre.  In RAYS 2010, the West End Food Co-op (WEFC), a local nonprofit community food co-operative, was chosen. In RAYS 2011, the Redwood Shelter (a local's women's shelter) was selected and in RAYS 2012 the beneficiary was the WEFC.

For RAYS 2013, we are asking participants to donate 10% of their sales to the High Park Nature Centre.

The High Park Nature Centre is a community-run, charitable organization that instills awareness, understanding and respect for the natural world. Each year, we engage over 8,000 children, youth and adults in the stewardship and restoration of High Park’s natural environment through fun and engaging hands-on outdoor education. Our year-round programs help visitors to gain an understanding of the park's unique ecology and the importance of conserving the area's natural heritage. We inspire people of all ages to develop closer connections with nature in their city and contribute to the protection of High Park's rare and significant natural areas. 

Donations can be made via the following:

By cash - Drop off between 9am - 4pm weekdays at the High Park Nature Centre at 440 Parkside Drive.  A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20+ 

By cheque - Made out to "High Park Nature Centre". Drop off or mail to: High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20+

On-line - securely through the Nature Centre's charity page at Canada Helps A tax receipt will be issued through Canada Helps.

RAYS buyers and sellers - have fun on June 15th!

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in this FAQ, please send an email to Chris at ronces.yardsale AT

- Chris Lobo, Chief Organizer for the 6th Annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS)

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