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Saskatoon Symphony Book & Music Sale - History 2006 (Year 18)

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Confederation Mall (9th year)


Day Date Open Close
Thursday April 27 10 am 9 pm
Friday April 28 10 am 9 pm
Saturday April 29 9:30 am 6 pm
Sunday April 30 Noon 5 pm
Monday May 1 10 am 6 pm
Tuesday May 2 10 am 6 pm
Wednesday May 3 10 am 9 pm
Thursday May 4 10 am 9 pm
Friday May 5 10 am 9 pm
Saturday May 6 9:30 am 6 pm


Klombies Galon Insurance Brokers 3rd Avenue North
J&S Picture Frame Warehouse 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
McNally Robinson Booksellers 8th Street East
LaRoche McDonald Agencies 22nd Street West
Kal Tire 8th Street East
Presto Musique Idylwyld Drive
Shoppers Drug Mart Humboldt


Revenue was down over the first four days, perhaps because selection was not as good as last year according to regular customers, mostly dealers. However, Jacquie B made sure the sale was widely publicized during the second week and sales were up every day that week compared with 2005.

Once again, mall administration gave us both space throughout the year for a work/store room and the two sale spaces free of charge. The store used for recorded music was smaller than the ones used for the previous three sales; however, it was located directly opposite the general sale space, making it easier for customers to move between the two.

The sale went smoothly except for one shelving unit collapsing when supporting wires came loose. After the sale, several shelving units were repaired and upgraded and all will be checked during setup prior to the 2007 sale.

Symphony administration purchased new cash registers, calculators and tables, all of which were greatly appreciated by the volunteers.

The lighting in the work room, first installed when we moved into the mall in 1997 and paid for by the symphony, deteriorated during the year and had to be replaced at a cost of about $1200.

Throughout the year, 55 volunteers collected, sorted, priced and packed donated materials; shifts during the sale were covered by 130 people, for an estimated total of 5300 volunteer hours.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the board and administration and the Book and Music Sale volunteers was completed and signed in December 2005-January 2006. Until this happened, all dealings had been on an ad hoc basis. A short history of the sale was written by the sale’s management committee to ensure all board members are aware of how it has evolved.

Since the 2006 sale, sale management has been approached by people involved with the symphonies in Kingston and Kitchener in Ontario and Kamloops in British Columbia for information on how the Saskatoon sale has been so successful. A statement was prepared for the symphony office to give to future such enquirers, pointing out that the sale is the result of much work and that there is no magic formula!


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Sales $88001.70
Expenses N/A
NET $88001.70 -expenses