Many of the consumers at Jodi Quibell’s garage sale Saturday left their wallets in the house.
Instead, they arrived with non-perishable food for the Kelowna Neighborhood Food Bank and entrusted books, clothes and other items for sale.
The third Kelowna Food for Gifts occasion was held in Quibell’s Glenpark Drive garage today.
Buyers had the opportunity to acquire brand-new and gently-used items by using food bank contributions as currency. A lot of items for sale were worth one non-perishable food item donation.
Quibell said she got the idea from her sister-in-law, who has set up a “Christmas store” in Cherryville, where kids can come from school and trade food bank items for gifts to offer to their moms and dads or siblings.
Quibell held the inaugural Food for Gifts event last December.
“In 2012, simply before Christmas, I got about 380 products for the food bank and $80 in money contributions,” said Quibell.
“I also did it last spring. It wasn’t as popular, however it still did actually well.”
Up until now all the feedback regarding Food for Gifts has been favorable, according to Quibell. She kept in mind a rep of the Kelowna Neighborhood Food Bank, who got the contributions last winter season, called the concept “great.”
“Expanding up, we didn’t have a bunch of food, (with) seven kids and a single mother. It’s very important to me that everyone in the community gets food.
“This is kind of my labor of love.”
Quibell said she doesn’t have any tough and fast rules regarding trading the food bank products for presents; nevertheless, she said it wouldn’t be fair for someone to trade a box of macaroni for a large item, such as a table.
Thankfully, she stated, she hasn’t find any person who’s attempted to capitalize on the concept.
“Most individuals give a huge bag of food and take (a couple of) items—– they’re rather great about that.”
Quibell stated her pal is preparing a Food for Gifts event in Penticton Nov. 23 at The Cannery.
She added she wants to enhance the variety of Food for Present events each year and potentially make use of a larger venue, such as a church, in the future.
“My partner would like his garage back,” she said, laughing.
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