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Saskatoon Symphony Book & Music Sale - History 1995 (Year 7)

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Wildwood Mall (3rd year)


Day Date Open Close
Thursday March 30 10 am 9 pm
Friday March 31 10 am 9 pm
Saturday April 1 9:30 am 6 pm
Sunday April 2 Closed Closed
Monday April 3 10 am 6 pm
Tuesday April 4 10 am 6 pm
Wednesday April 5 10 am 9 pm
Thursday April 6 10 am 9 pm
Friday April 7 10 am 9 pm
Saturday April 8 9:30 am 6 pm
Sidewalk Sale April 4-7 Mall hours Mall hours


Notes on Broadway Broadway Avenue
Keyboard World Circle Drive
Goody's Cleaners 51st Street East
Klombies Galon Insurance Brokers 3rd Avenue North
J&S Picture Framing Jessop Avenue
Rogers Video Wildwood Mall
Mount Royal Drugs 29th Street & Avenue P North


After the spring 1994 sale, the volunteers went back to their little work room and packed up all the carry-over stock, ready to return to the warehouse-style storage room. But the Saskatoon Fire Department didn’t want our boxes in the storage room because there was no sprinkler system. So, what had been sale space now became storage. But shortly before the spring 1995 sale, the converted storage space suddenly had to be restructured into sale space again. So everything was shuffled – again!

Wildwood Mall was carrying out a major renovation and walls were coming down all around throughout the sale, causing noise and dust and considerable hazards. In the process, the work room was completely sealed off! So the workmen used their sledgehammers to knock a hole through a couple of walls. More dirt and debris, but the volunteers could get in and out. In fun, it was dubbed “The Chunnel”.

The sale was held a full month earlier than last year. This turned out to be a fortuitous decision, given the impending changes at the mall. The new date was primarily based on a desire to make the sale more available to university students, as well as music teachers and students who were always caught up in the Music Festival in previous years. The core group of volunteers were highly in favour of the earlier dates. The volunteers wanted two consecutive days off in the middle of the sale, so it closed both Sunday and Monday for the first time.

The mall provided extra space for a sidewalk sale in an auxiliary sale room. This had been planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, traditionally slow sale days, to help stimulate interest. The sidewalk sale items were selected from heavily stocked items like fiction, biography, self-help, and romance. Selected records were added, along with condensed books and an assortment of Horizon books that had been carried for at least three years. The venture went so well that it was extended for another two days.

Records accounted for at least 12.6% of total revenue. Music brought in at least 5.2% of revenue. About 2500 square feet of sale space was used. The sale was accomplished by the core group of 20 year-round volunteers and an additional 35 volunteers during the sale itself, who assist as cashiers, packers, and shelf stockers.

After the sale finished on Saturday, at 6:01 pm an army of wonderful people arrived to start packing up. No sorting – just packing everything in sight and labeling it carefully. Packing was completed by 9 PM and pizza was had by all.

And there’s still more! The next morning (Sunday), Kathy E and Betty T were at the mall at 7:30 am and the workmen moved everything to a small vacant store front. The stock was packed to the ceiling. The builders were knocking down the walls of the sale space as the stock was getting trundled down the hallway. The season was advancing, the donations were coming in, but work was virtually at a standstill.

Now what? The sale had to find a new home – again. A Herculean effort would be required.

On the hottest day of the year, Saturday morning, June 17, the sale was moved to a vacant office space near 50th Street and Faithful Avenue, generously provided by the Concorde Group of Companies. One very large truck belonging to a nephew of Betty T’s, a Remax van, a half-ton, a station-wagon, and various cars were applied to this effort. Volunteers, some Symphony office personnel, and a few others did all the moving.

The new space provided a huge unfinished interior with plenty of room to work in. What a year!


Advertising & promotion $1454.00
Moving $262.96
Tax receipt adjustment $475.00
Supplies $358.40
Printing $483.16
TOTAL $3033.52


Sales & interest $19045.06
Other $475.00
Expenses -$3033.52
NET $16486.54