Discover your next favourite thing at Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Yard Sale for the Cure

TORONTO, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Your neighbour's clutter is your next treasure, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Yard Sale for the Cure is a promising place to find it.

The seventh annual Yard Sale for the Cure, sponsored by RE/MAX, will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, with over 180 yard sales in communities across Canada. All funds will go directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Organizers have collected the best finds in their neighbourhoods for the past year, making the Yard Sale for the Cure the must go-to event for deal finders. Locations of yard sales can be found at www.cbcf.org/yardsale.

"Right now designers are using all things vintage to create an eclectic space. A yard sale is a fantastic way to find an item that will make a room at just the fraction of the cost," says Melissa Davis, HGTV designer and supporter for Yard Sale for the Cure. "Think about which rooms in your house could use something new to spruce it up. Plus, Yard Sale for the Cure offers vintage finds that make great birthday or Father's Day gifts. Even items that have seen better days can be fabulous again with a new coat of paint or a bit of love."

Davis offers treasure hunters some ideas of what to look for when they are combing through the Yard Sale for the Cure locations:

  • No more matchy-matchy. Who says that everything in your dining room has to match? A recent trend is to use different chairs for your dining room seating to give the room a casual and welcoming feel. If you find a chair at a yard sale and the seat cushion is worn or not to your liking, it's easy and inexpensive to re-cover the seat in a new fabric. Also, look for ornate silver pieces like platters or salt and pepper shakers to place with your modern dishes. You can also find great old china and flatware to mix together for place settings.
  • Yard sale hang ups. Tons of yard sales offer picture frames with cracked or missing pieces of glass. Ditch the glass and take home the frames, which can be repainted and placed in groupings as wall art. Or, buy inexpensive mirror from a glass and mirror supplier cut to the size of the frames. Hang the frames together to create a fantastic wall mirror for your hallway or powder room.
  • It's still cheaper than retail. Some yard sale treasures will need more love than your know-how can provide, but refurbishing a yard sale find can still be worth the price. Ignore the colour of the wood or the pattern of the fabric and look for furniture with interesting bones (the shape of a chair or the quality of wood of a dresser). If you see something you love, you can bring the item to an upholsterer or restorer and create a custom piece. Even if the labour costs you a few hundred dollars, it will still be far less then you will ever find in a store.
  • Your apartment is waiting for you. A yard sale is full of starter items for students going off to school or people setting up their first apartment. Often when a family moves from inexpensive furniture to higher quality, their old stuff is still in great shape and looking for a new home. Check out the yard sales for desks, bookcases, dishes, pots and chairs to bring to your new place.

The Canadian Breast Foundation will also reward one shopper who shares their best find from the Yard Sale for the Cure. Between May 28 and June 3, submit a photo or video of your find, and the best submission will win a trip for two to Toronto for the 2012 Interior Design Show. Second prize receives a personal design consultation with Melissa Davis and third prize is a Kitchen Aid pink stand mixer.

"Shopping at Yard Sale for the Cure may seem like a small action, but it can have a big impact," says Sandra Palmaro, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region. Since 2005, Yard Sale for the Cure has helped the Foundation's mission to support promising ideas generated by world-class researchers and clinicians in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Adds Palmaro: "By shopping at Yard Sale for the Cure, you will join the thousands of Canadians who are part of a growing, national movement to create a future without breast cancer."

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1986 by a group of volunteers and has become the leading national volunteer-led organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. The Foundation has invested $230 million since its inception to collaboratively fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has regional offices in British Columbia/Yukon, Prairies/Northwest Territories, Ontario, Atlantic Region and a Central Office in Toronto. For more information about the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit www.cbcf.org.

About RE/MAX

RE/MAX is Canada's leading real estate organization with over 18,000 Sales Associates throughout its more than 700 independently owned and operated offices across the country. The RE/MAX franchise network, now in its 38th year, is a global real estate system operating in over 80 countries. Over 6,450 independently -owned offices engage over 92,000 member sales associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience and production while providing real estate services in residential, commercial, referral and asset management, for more information, visit: www.remax.ca

SOURCE Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter)

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For more tips on how on yard sale treasures and to learn about Yard Sale for the Cure, or to speak to either Melissa Davis or Sandra Palmaro, please contact

Media contacts

Jennifer Fox
Thornley Fallis Communications
Office: (416) 515-7517, ext. 350
Cell: (416) 473-9565
Email: fox@thornleyfallis.ca

Vicky Beach
Communications Manager
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region
Office: (416) 815-1313, ext. 512
Email: vbeach@cbcf.org

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Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter)

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