Garage Sale Items – McTavish Academy of Art

Written by Harold McNeill on January 11th, 2019. Posted in Tim Hortons Morning Posts


DATE:  SATURDAY 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM    May 4, 2019
SUNDAY,  NOON – 5:00 PM    APRIL 5, 2019


FEATURED ITEM:     13. Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)
(Added, March 13, 2019)

Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)   These tracks are fully functional having just been removed.   While the lights are currently attached in 18 and 24-foot lengths, they can be easily reconfigured.  They are perfect for any large space such as a shop or some other workspace needing excellent lighting.   They are not free, but at $1.00 per foot, they are good as free.

Please message or phone Harold, 250-889-1033, or by email at

13  Fluorescent Light Tracks (SOLD)
12. Harmon-Kardon Speaker Set
11. Belt and Circular Sander (SOLD)
10. Retro Boardroom Chairs (reduced to sell)
9. Padded, Meeting Room Chairs (reduced to sell)
8. Nuova Espresso Machine (SOLD)
7. Foosball Machine
6.  Solid Hardwood (Oak I believe) Framed Mirror (reduced to best offer)
5. General Use Stainless Steel Padded Chairs
4.  Fish Tanks and Equipment (reduced)
3. Apollo Drum Set  ($100 or free to a youth who needs a set)
2. Low Rise, Round Table   (SOLD)
1. Rubber Maid, Heavy Duty, Commercial Mop Wringer (reduced or best offer)

13. Fluorescent Light Tracks

These tracks are fully functional having just been removed.  While the lights are currently attached in 18 and 24-foot lengths, they can be easily reconfigured.  They are perfect for any large space such as a shop or some other workspace needing excellent lighting.   They are not free, but at $1.00 per foot, they are good as free.

12. Harmon Kardon Speaker Set

The complete amp and tuner system available with the speakers. Excellent condition, but no longer needed. Read up on the full system as well as the potential to go wireless. Go to: Tested Technology    ($150)   Go to AMAZON used speakers for similar in this value range.

11.  Belt and Circular Sander (SOLD)

An old timer but great if you have the shop space and do a lot of woodwork.
$50.00 or Best Offer

10. Retro Boardroom Rockers (reduced to sell)

We’re truly sorry to say goodbye to these funky, steel, swivel rockers, but need to repurpose the Board Room and don’t have storage space to keep for occasional use.  We’d like the chairs to stay together as a family so we’ve priced them accordingly. $50 for single, $259 for the six.  They are in good condition and, as you can see above, look great in a small group meeting or family space.  Find some matching artwork and you are off and running with something special.

9. Meeting Room Chairs (reduced to sell)

Extremely comfortable chairs designed for day-long meetings and seminars. Best used in a dedicated meeting space as they are not stackable. That is the only reason we are parting with them as our space is multipurpose and chairs need to be moved on a regular basis. Priced to sell as a batch $25 for singles, 10 for $200. We have about 30 for sale. The laminate, chrome, circular table: $30.

8. Nuova Espresso Machine with attachments   (SOLD)

Ahh, sorry but this class machine has just sold.

An Italian made, lever-pull, espresso machine with attachments. In excellent shape that is currently plugged in an operating. We need a smaller machine for the Cantina at the Academy. $1500.00  Sale includes:

1 machine with two steamers
I single stainless steel Portafilter
1 double stainless steel Portafilter
2 stainless steel frothing jugs
2 stainless steel espresso cups

7. Foosball Machine

Excellent condition.   $100.00

6.  Solid Hardwood (Oak I believe) Framed Mirror

Approximately 42″ X 32″ feet   $50 or best offer.

5. General Use Stainless Steel Padded Chairs

Good condition.   $10.00 Each.   5 for $45.00    10 for $65.00   20 for $85.00   30 for $100.00

4.  Fish Tanks and Equipment

Variety of sizes from large (48’x16″x16′) (bottom photo) to medium (24″x12″x12″) to small bowls and small tanks.  All kinds of miscellaneous equipment in the boxes.  All appear to be left over from the McTavish Elementary School days.   All tanks and equipment, $100 or best offer.

3. Apollo Drum Set
This 5-piece drum set sells for $500 at Walmart.  The set will go for $100 OBO.   One drum skin needs repair.  Let us know if there is a young drummer you think this set might help along the road and we’ll talk about how to make this happen.

2. Low Rise, Round Table (SOLD)

Excellent condition. 60″ diameter, 18″ high.  $60.00

I. Rubber Maid, Heavy Duty, Commercial Mop Wringer

You will need to find a pail to hold the wringer.  $25.


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  • Andrew Dunn

    May 14, 2019 |

    Thank you so much for all your help thus far Harold, aka. Tractor guy! I could not have done without you!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 25, 2019 |

    I find it interesting to contemplate how a small community evolves in general isolation from the rest of the world. We have a similar situation in the northern communities in Canada to which access is limited. The inclusion of the world wide web and mass media has changed things, but these communities are still left pretty much to their own devices when it comes to personal interaction.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold