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Saskatoon Symphony Book & Music Sale - History 1999 (Year 11)

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Confederation Mall (2nd year)


Day Date Open Close
Thursday March 18 10 am 9 pm
Friday March 19 10 am 9 pm
Saturday March 20 9:30 am 6 pm
Sunday March 21 Noon 5 pm
Monday March 22 Closed Closed
Tuesday March 23 10 am 6 pm
Wednesday March 24 10 am 9 pm
Thursday March 25 10 am 9 pm
Friday March 26 10 am 9 pm
Saturday March 27 9:30 am 6 pm


Klombies Galon Insurance Brokers 3rd Avenue North
J&S Picture Framing Jessop Avenue
Mount Royal Drugs 29th Street & Avenue P North
Canada Post 4th Avenue North
Centennial Plumbing 51st Street
Willey's Jewellers Broadway Avenue
Darren's Music Place Circle Drive
Firestone 8th Street East
Saskatoon Symphony Office Bessborough Hotel
The Parsons North Battleford
Shoppers Drug Mart Humboldt


This was the last sale coordinated by Betty T.

Symphony general manager Catherine McKeehan and city councillor Myles Heidt formally opened the sale. Mark Rogerís one minute fanfare was played again, but with different instrumentation.

The sale was held in Confederation Mallís centre court area for the first time. The sale area decreased from last yearís 5000 square feet to 2950 square feet. However, this area included a 2 foot wide buffer zone demarcated by 3 foot high curtains completely surrounding the sale area. The decrease in sale area necessitated changes in layout: small feature tables were eliminated, shelving was spaced 3 feet apart instead of 3.5 feet, and reference sets were held back from the sale floor until the final 3 days, when more floor space was available.

Set up and take down now had to be done outside of mall hours. Crocus Co-op personnel were hired to help with the moves from the work room to the sale space and back.

Take down was phenomenal. A crew of about 23 people arrived to start packing at 6:01 pm on Saturday. Packing and labeling of cartons and dismantling of shelves and display units was completed before 9 pm! Moving back to the storage room started at 8 am Sunday, and all furnishings and cartons were back in the work room at about 1 pm.

In spite of all the hazards, there was much in favor of being in the centre court. The cash desks were ideally placed, and a second one could be activated when large line-ups were anticipated. Visibility was certainly abundant, but security was the main hazard.

Of total revenue, 66.6% was from books, 24.3% recorded music, 9.0% sheet music. The decrease in revenue compared to last year was primarily attributed to insufficient advertising.


Advertising $205.61
Posters & bookmarks $584.52
Moving boxes $450.00
Security $140.00
Miscellaneous $289.87
TOTAL $1670.00


Sales $27652.95
Silent Auction $680.50
Internet sales $211.20
Interest $17.35
Donations $40.30
Other $15.00
Expenses -$1670.00
NET $26947.30

Revenue decrease of 14.7% over previous year.