Marine sale, Maritime Museum fundraiser, returns this weekend

One of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia’s signature fundraisers is back in the ­schedule after two years of downtime.

The annual Massive Marine Garage Sale, which used to be held in the spring at Ogden Point, will instead run this ­Sunday on the waterfront ­parking lot behind Capital Iron on Store Street.

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“It’s a pretty big deal for the museum,” said executive director Brittany Vis, noting the event had to be cancelled in 2020 and earlier this year due to the pandemic.

Vis said the event, which usually raises between $8,000 and $10,000 for the museum, through admissions fees, vendor tables and the museum’s own sales table, is second only to the ­Classic Boast Festival as a ­fundraiser.

This year the museum expects to have 30 vendors selling all manner of marine-related and outdoor fear. The items are new, used and collectable and may be sold by regular retailers and individuals and hobbyists who collect, refurbish and sell items.

“It can be quite the mix,” Vis said.

The event will run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday on Capital Iron’s waterfront parking lot 1900 Store St.

Admission is free for those 12 and under to $5 for general admission and $10 for early bird admission.

In addition to the various vendors the museum will run a 50-50 draw and limited concession with all proceeds going to pay for the museum’s operations and the running of school and public programs.

At the end of July, the museum, which had been ­leasing 3,000 square feet of space in the Nootka Court building on ­Humboldt Street since 2015, moved to three storefronts within the Victoria Conference Centre space on Douglas Street.

The space is considered temporary as the museum still intends to pursue a waterfront location in Victoria and has been working with the province to find a space.

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