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Saskatoon Symphony Book & Music Sale - History 2000 (Year 12)

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Location

Confederation Mall (3rd year)

Schedule

Day Date Open Close
Thursday March 16 10 am 9 pm
Friday March 17 10 am 9 pm
Saturday March 18 9:30 am 6 pm
Sunday March 19 Noon 5 pm
Monday March 20 Closed Closed
Tuesday March 21 10 am 6 pm
Wednesday March 22 10 am 9 pm
Thursday March 23 10 am 9 pm
Friday March 24 10 am 9 pm
Saturday March 25 9:30 am 6 pm

Drop-offs

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
McNally Robinson Booksellers 8th Street East
Saskatoon Symphony Office Bessborough Hotel
The Parsons North Battleford
Shoppers Drug Mart Humboldt

Story

The total number of volunteers involved was 125, including 43 regulars who work throughout the year. The other 82 volunteers help during the sale, include symphony volunteers, Symphony board members, Symphony players, University and Community Chorus, Royal Bank, SaskTel Pioneers, members of the Saskatoon Kiwanis Club, and many once-a-year regulars who enjoy the excitement of the sale.

Once again the sale was held in the centre concourse of Confederation Mall. And once again the sale succeeded in attracting hundreds of people to the mall who might not otherwise have been there.

The site in the centre of the mall entailed concentrated work setting up the furniture and stocking shelves over a four-day period prior to the sale, and a mad rush on the final Saturday evening and Sunday morning to dismantle everything and return all items to the workroom by noon on Sunday.

The sale space was smaller than that used in 1999, causing overcrowding on the opening day, when the usual crowds surged in to find bargains. It also meant that volunteers had to continually restock shelves and reinvent the layout of the sale from day to day as some sections became depleted, making room for others to take their place.

The sale opened with the now traditional fanfare, written specially for the project by former symphony player Mark Rogers, and played by members of the symphony. A presentation was made to Betty T, the coordinator of the sale for most of its history, as Betty retired from this position this year due to ill health.

Of total revenue, 67.5% was from books, 27.4% recorded music, 5.1% sheet music. 83 boxes of books were given to a school in northern Saskatchewan and 26 boxes of Readers Digest condensed books were given to Confederation Park Community School.

The Symphony had supplied a coordinator to work with Betty and the volunteers, but this approach was unsuccessful. So following the sale, three regular volunteers agreed to act as a management committee for the coming year. They were Stuart S, who was responsible for recorded music, Liz S, project treasurer and coordinator of volunteers during the sale, and Terry H, responsible for pricing several sections of books.

The hope was to continue the excellent example set by Betty of encouraging knowledgeable people to work in specific areas of their expertise with as little supervision as is necessary. Julia T continued to act as liaison between the sale volunteers and the symphony board.

Expenses

Not available.

Statement

Sales $34270.35
Silent Auction $697.50
Interest $22.62
Donations $50.55
Expenses N/A
NET $34041.02 -expenses