Given COVID-19, will Secondhand Sunday still be happening?
Yes! Toronto Pubic Health do not have any objections to the event. It is important for all participants to follow COVID-19 best practices such as staying home if sick, physical distancing, hand washing, disinfecting items, etc. More information can be found in Toronto Public Health's COVID-19 FACTSHEET, which can be accessed here.
Given COVID-19, do you have any guidance about how to safely donate items?
Some helpful information can be found in Toronto Public Health's COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FOOD BANKS/DONATION CENTRES, which can be accessed here. In particular, the information below relates to the donation of non-food items.
Fabrics (e.g. clothing/sheets/towels) should be isolated for a minimum of two days. If they cannot be isolated, they should be laundered on high heat settings (wash and dry).
Household items that are nonporous, such as items made of plastic, porcelain, etc., should be cleaned and disinfected.
Items that cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected should be isolated for seven days.
Donors who are sick should avoid donating.
Clients/customers should launder clothing after receipt/purchase.
What is Secondhand Sunday?
Secondhand Sunday (SHS) is a community reuse day held the last Sunday of April and September. It’s your chance to get rid of unwanted, reusable items laying around your home. Simply leave them on your property next to the sidewalk or curb for your neighbours to take for free. Then, get in on the action and hunt for what you may need.
Why was Secondhand Sunday started and when does it happen?
The primary goal of SHS is to reduce our collective ecological footprint by providing opportunities for neighbours to share reusable goods with each other. Secondhand Sunday also aims to connect local charities with items that they may need. The event provides a fun opportunity for neighbours to meet each other face-to-face. Secondhand Sunday takes place the last Sunday of April and September every year.
What happens when the scheduled dates coincide with Passover or other religious holidays?
Our organizing team decided early on to promote biannual events that take place on the last Sunday of April and September. We're aware that there may be scheduling conflicts in some years, but we hope that the event's regularity will facilitate its expansion and ongoing self-sufficiency. If religious or other commitments prevent you from participating in a certain Secondhand Sunday, the good news is there will be another in just a few months!
How does Secondhand Sunday work?
The last Sunday of April and September, you simply place any unwanted but still usable items in front of your home by 9am. Please share information about the event with your neighbours and friends so that they participate as well. Once your items are on your property, that's the big job done! You're welcome to take a walk through the area and see what else is out there - maybe you'll meet some of your neighbours or even find some new-to-you treasures.
After 5pm, we ask that you collect any remaining items and either keep them, or donate them to an appropriate charity or second-hand shop. There may be volunteers circulating, collecting data on participation.
Can residents living in condos or apartment buildings participate too?
We are working on this with the City and hope to have more information to share soon! Please connect directly with management at your building to discuss options. There are some success stories of this working well across the City!
Is there an online map showing neighbourhoods that are participating?
Unfortunately not at this time. However, this is something we are working on and hope to include for future events.
Does Secondhand Sunday partner with any local charitable organizations?
We do our best to! For the Spring 2016 event, we reached out to The Stop Community Food Centre, Wychwood Open Door, Na-Me-Res, St. Clair West Services for Seniors, and YWCA Arise Shelter for Women. On Secondhand Sunday, our volunteers were looking for specific items as requested by these organizations. For all events, we are encourage lead volunteers in various communities to organize pickup and delivery to local organizations in need.
Where does Secondhand Sunday take place?
Secondhand Sunday events will take place in neighbourhoods across the City of Toronto.
What if I am the only person on my street who knows about Secondhand Sunday?
Everyone is welcome to participate in Secondhand Sunday. All it takes is a few people on your street to make the event a success! Feel free to share promotional materials from out TOOLKIT with your neighbours.
What if it rains on Secondhand Sunday?
If it's raining heavily, we'll move the event to the following Sunday. If in doubt, keep an eye on our social media channels! (Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)
How can I help spread the word about Secondhand Sunday?
One really easy way is to invite your friends and family to the Facebook event. While you're at it, you can also follow us - and invite others to do so - on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And if you'd like some postcards and flyers to distribute in your area, get in touch with us. Also, visit our Resources page for a simple "How To" guide on bringing SHS to your community.
How can I get involved with Secondhand Sunday? I want to help!
We are always looking for volunteers to help bring the event to neighbourhoods across the city. If you'd like to help, please send us an email!
Who is behind Secondhand Sunday?
Secondhand Sunday was started by and is run by a small team of volunteers centred around the Wychwood Barns community, and has now partnered up with the City of Toronto to pilot a more widespread event across the city.
My question isn't answered here. How can I get in touch?
We'd love to address any other questions or concerns you might have. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org